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How to Sun-Proof and Age-Proof Your Skin
 

Did you know sunshine is considered the single biggest cause of visible aging?
Exposure to sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. But you don't have to succumb to the damaging rays. It's never too late to start protecting your skin, even if you haven't been sun savvy in the past.

For starters, every woman should eat a diet that's rich in fruits and vegetables.
They contain antioxidant compounds, which reduce the damaging effects of sunshine. (Refraining from smoking also makes a difference because cigarette smoke creates huge numbers of skin-damaging molecules.)

But the most important thing you can do is shield your skin from the sun.
You can enjoy your favorite outdoor activities without worrying about the damaging rays as long as you use sunscreen, take advantage of shade, and wear the right clothing.

How can you protect yourself from the sun's destructive rays? This four-step action plan will prove helpful.

Step 1: Determine Your Risk Profile

You should schedule a skin exam with your dermatologist at least once a year after the age of 40.

Step 2: Choose and Use the Right Protection

Wearing sunscreen is essential. You should use it every day, especially when you're spending time outdoors.

Step 3: Add Extra Protection

Wearing sunscreen helps to decrease the incidence of wrinkles and prevent the development of skin cancer. But sunscreen isn't enough by itself. For additional ways to protect the skin, we recommend that you always wear shades, a hat, long sleeve shirts and buy clothing with tight-knit weaves.

Step 4: Protect Yourself Year-Round

  • Avoid midday sun.

  • Stay in the shade.

  • Forget about tanning booths.

Follow these four steps and you'll be well on your way to having happier healthier skin.

 

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