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Sunscreen: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream

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Sunscreen and Skin's Aging

Why buy expensive wrinkle creams when the most effective anti-aging product is a simple bottle of sunscreen?

"Most people legitimately are concerned about skin cancer, but sun exposure often leads to aging of the skin," said Dr. John Wolf, chair and professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "I recommend using a daily application of a sunscreen with an SPF, or sun protection factor of at least 15 to help counteract premature aging."

Although individuals typically use sunscreen to prevent painful sunburns, Wolf said damaged skin becomes thicker and darker. So essentially, tanned skin is damaged skin.

Wolf also advises parents to make sure their children are protected because 70 percent of sun damage happens before age 17. Former sun worshipers should also use sunscreen to protect their skin from further damage.

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Tips for younger looking skin this summer include:

  • Using sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

  • Staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, especially when sweating.

"Many people assume that a tan will protect them in the sun and make them healthier," said Wolf. "However, there is no such thing as a 'safe tan.' Any amount of sunlight exposure is damaging."