Did you know that excessive exposure to the sun can cause you to look much older than you are? Unprotected skin that is exposed to the sun just a few minutes each day over the years can cause noticeable changes. Wrinkles, crows-feet, freckles, age spots, loss of firmness, uneven color or texture, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and a rough leathery appearance can all be traced to sun exposure. In addition, the risk of skin cancer is significantly increased by sun exposure. By taking steps to avoid excessive sun exposure and protecting your skin when you’re in the sun, you can postpone wrinkles and other sun damage for years to come.
Apply sunscreen on a daily basis. Use products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and apply it generously at least 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours if you’re in the sun for prolonged periods of time and more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
Wear protective clothing and accessories such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, a wide brimmed hat or visor, and sunglasses with UV protection.
Avoid direct sunlight during peak hours when the sun’s rays are most intense, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan outdoor activities outside this time.
Use sunless tanning products to achieve the look of sunkissed skin.
NEVER use tanning beds because they emit the same UV rays that come from the sun.