#taketime4u and keep your skin's outer layer looking radiant and youthful by following a few key beauty habits.
For years, many of us spent our summers by the pool or on the beach, soaking in as many rays as possible to get the season's signature sun-kissed glow. But the bronzed look takes a toll on our skin over time, causing a variety of unwanted results that can last a lifetime.
Skin that is consistently exposed to the sun to the extent that it becomes tan and/or burned often begins to age prematurely, looking leathery and wrinkled. Skin may also become dry and discolored. But changes to your appearance are not the end of the story.
If you're often in the sun without sunscreen, you put yourself at risk for developing skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
The good news is that you can follow many habits to protect and preserve your skin during the summer and for years to come.
Best Practices That Make a Big Difference
If you are outside or even sitting next to an open window, your skin is exposed to the sun's powerful and potentially damaging rays. So resist the urge to skip sun protection for even just one afternoon. Instead, embrace the following habits and make them part of your daily beauty routine.
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- Make moisture meaningful — First thing in the morning, before you put on your makeup and after you wash your face, apply a moisturizer that blends hydration with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Look for options that offer protection against both ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays and contain key ingredients such as avobenzone and zinc oxide. Slather lotion on your arms, legs, chest, and any other exposed skin to build a base of top-notch protection no matter what the day may bring.
- Choose cosmetics with a purpose — Look for makeup options with an SPF of their own to keep your face as protected as possible. Find foundation with an SPF between 8 and 15 and polish if off with a dusting of compressed powder to offset the sun and lock sunblock in place. Lip balm and lipstick with sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher will help keep your lips soft and healthy.
- Dress for the occasion — Long sleeves, pants, and hats provide a strong defense against the sun, and garments that are darker or tightly woven can help to effectively block harmful rays from coming into direct contact with the skin. Some clothing now even bears a label not a UV protection factor between 15 and 50+.