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Five Ways to Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

Let’s face the facts: having great skin is a valuable asset in your quest to be your most beautiful self. Getting a nice tan feels good, but worshiping the sun has the potential to not only damage and dry out your skin, but also make you look older prematurely.

While you may not see these changes now, sun-damaged skin can drastically affect your appearance later in life by adding unwanted years. Enhance your beauty routine by protecting your skin from harmful exposure to the sun. Say goodbye to the fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots that keep you from looking and feeling your best.

Now that summer is almost upon us, here are some great ways for you to protect your skin from the effects of sun damage.

#1: Wear Sunscreen

Yes, sunscreen can be one of your best weapons against the effects of too much sun on your skin. Using a sunscreen with a high SPF (30 or above) can help you keep a healthy glow while avoiding the harsh realties of sun-damaged skin. SPF or Sun Protection Factor is the way to identify the strength of coverage you’re getting from a skin care product. Choosing a water-resistant sunscreen if you plan to swim, and reapplying it as necessary for optimal coverage is your best defense.

#2: Choose Lip Balm with SPF

Lip balm with an SPF is an essential way to keep your lips hydrated, as well as shielded from the sun’s effects. Applying lip balm often is one easy way to combat the stress that comes with signs of early aging. Preserve your skin’s youthfulness by using lip balm with SPF daily and even hourly – especially when you go outside.

#3: Sunglasses with UV Protection

As we know, style is what you bring to it. One thing that never goes out of style is a signature pair of sunglasses with UV or ultraviolet protection. You might ask: what is UV protection? It is a special type of lens that is formulated to protect your eyes from the sun’s radiation. The skin around the eyes is very delicate, and it often the first area to show signs of aging. Whichever brand of sunglasses you choose, make sure they have UV protection that blocks out 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

#4: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

A great moisturizer can be difficult to find. The search may lead you to the drugstore, the cosmetics counter or the dermatologist for answers. Make no mistake: an exceptional moisturizer is the key to keeping your skin preserved, hydrated and healthy. While exposing your skin to the sun can dry it out, moisturizing frequently can help you maintain a smooth and glowing complexion. Remember to choose a moisturizer with an SPF.

#5: Avoid Sunbathing

Avoiding the temptation of sunbathing is often challenging, but it is truly the best way to safeguard your skin unwanted signs of wear and tear. Limiting your exposure during peak hours of sunshine (10:00 AM- 4:00 PM) can make all the difference. If you’re in the sun for more than 15 minutes, make sure to wear sunscreen.

This summer, preempt aging by staying out of the sun and keeping your skin nourished. Give your beauty and skin care routine a makeover with products that make sense. Make and keep your commitment to being beautiful in your own unique way.

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