Every year, people spend billions of dollars on anti aging beauty items that claim to get rid of wrinkles, lighten age spots, and stop itching, flaking, or redness. But staying out of the sun is the easiest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy and looking young.
Sunlight is a major cause of lines, dry skin, and age spots. As you get older, your face does change. For example, you sweat less, which makes you feel more dry. As people age, their skin gets thinner and loses fat, which makes it look less full and smooth. Veins and bones, in particular, stand out more, as do other things underneath. When hurt, your skin can also take longer to heal.
Staying out of the sun can slow these changes down by a lot. Even though you can't completely undo sun damage, sometimes the skin can heal itself. So, you can always take steps to protect yourself from the sun's harmful effects.
5 ways to age less quickly:
1. Wear clothes that protect you. A wide-brimmed hat protects your neck, ears, eyes, and head from the sun. Look for sunglasses that say on the label that they block out 99–100% of the sun's rays. When out in the sun, wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting shirts and long pants or skirts.
2. Check your skin often. Birthmarks, moles, and spots can change in size, form, color, or feel. See a doctor if you notice any changes that worry you. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that older people with fair skin have a doctor check their skin every year as part of a normal physical exam.
3. Don't get a fake tan. Don't use sun lamps, tanning beds, pills, or makeup that will make you tan. The color in tanning pills makes your skin turn orange after you take them. The FDA has allowed this color additive for coloring food, but not for tanning the skin. The high amount of colorant in tanning pills could be bad for your health. Makeup that gives you a tan is not the same as suntan lotion, and it won't protect your face from the sun.
4. Use sunscreen. Sunscreens are ranked by their sun protection factor (SPF), which can be anywhere from 2 to 30 or more. The protection lasts longer if the number is bigger. Buy things that have an SPF of 15 or more. Also, look for products that say "broad spectrum" or "water resistant" on the label. This means that they protect against both UVA and UVB rays and stay on your skin even if you get wet or sweat a lot. Don't forget to put more oil on as needed.
5. Don't go outside in the sun. This is very good anti aging advice. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., stay out of the sun. This is when UV rays from the sun are most powerful. Don't let dark skies fool you. Clouds let dangerous rays get through. UV light can also get through water, so don't think you're safe just because you're cool and in the water.
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