When Sofia was in her 20s, she didn’t use sunblock as much as she should have. (Photo: Getty Images)
While Sofia Vergara is known for her gorgeous looks, the 44-year-old actress recently confessed to her biggest beauty blunder.
“In my 20s, I started to use sunblock on my face,” she told PeopleStyle. “I wish I had put it on my chest too.”
And even though Mrs. Joe Manganiello also shared that she currently applies sun protection each day, she added: “I think it’s too late, but what can I do?”
Does the CoverGirl have a point?
“Yes, some damage that’s been done by the sun is probably permanent,” Mark B. Faries,, surgical oncologist and director of the Donald L. Morton, MD, Melanoma Research Program and director of Therapeutic Immunology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Beauty. “In fact, there will be an increased risk of skin cancers and other skin changes as a result from that damage — and we’re the most vulnerable to that kind of damage when we’re youngest.”
However, he applauds the Modern Family star for being diligent about applying sunscreen today. “It’s definitely a great thing — at any time — to be taking good care of your skin, so that the chance of a problem down the road will be as small as it can be,” states Faries. “She may not be able to make up for everything [she’s done in the past], but certainly it is an important step in terms of decreasing any future damage.”
He strongly advises everyone — especially adults who have a history of sunburns and/or basking in the sun — to seek a full-body evaluation, either from their dermatologist or physician.
“If something that looks unusual is skin cancer or even precancerous changes, those cases are easier to treat if they’re caught early than if they’re allowed to get out of hand,” concludes Faries.