It's no secret. It's the undisputed truth. Sun exposure is public enemy #1 to your skin. Whether you're a man, woman, or child, nothing ages your skin faster. If you want to look good into your 30s, 40s, on up, the best thing to do is get serious and limit your sun exposure.
And remember, it's never too late to begin minimizing sun damage. Here's some practical tips for safe, outdoor fun.
- Use foundation with a SPF.
- Avoid the sunlight between 10am and 3pm when the suns rays are the strongest.
- Use sunscreen with SPF of at least 25 in Summer and Winter. Don't forget your lips! When outdoors, expect to re-apply every two hours. Don't skimp. If you have leftover sunscreen from last year, you're not using nearly enough.
- Sunscreen is no guarantee against skin damage or skin cancer but greatly reduces the risk.
- Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your neck, upper chest and hands. These areas will age rapidly with frequent sun exposure.
- Fake a tan with sunless tanning lotion and a couple dabs of rouge on your forehead, nose an cheeks.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
- Wear a hat and gloves when mowing and gardening.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses on the beach to protect your face. Use an umbrella for if possible.
- Seek shade whenever possible.
- Make self-examination a routine. Inspect your entire body for any curious moles or lesions frequently and seek out your dermatologist if you notice anything suspicious.
- To be on the safe side, inspect your skin at home and visit your dermatologist annually for a complete examination.