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
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.
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.