Not only do you need to eat right, get plenty of vitamins, and drink enough water, you also need to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
If you are not applying sunscreen to your face or are getting an excessive amount of unprotected sun exposure, you are only speeding up the aging process on your skin.
The Sun is Damaging to Your Skin
This can’t be repeated enough: you need to protect your skin from sun damage! The sun is brutal to your skin, especially when you are getting frequent sun exposure.
Even if you don’t have fair skin that tends to burn with prolonged sun exposure and you get a nice tan, it could still be doing a lot of damage to your skin. This doesn’t mean you should avoid it, quite the opposite, as vitamin D can be wonderful for your health.
But you need to wear sunscreen in order to block some of those UV rays. Otherwise, you will show signs of aging much younger than originally intended since those UV rays can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers.
Choosing the Right SPF
The best thing you can do is to ask your dermatologist what SPF you need to protect your skin, since everyone is different. If you are prone to sun damage, have thin skin, or are on certain medications, you might need more sun protection than other people.
However, you should always have a minimum of SPF 15 or higher, even when you’re not going to be outside for very long. Add more sunscreen if you will be outside for more than a few hours at a time, such as during a camping trip or when going to the beach.
Find Other Ways to Protect Your Skin
If you struggle to put sunscreen on before you leave the house, try an easier approach. There is makeup and moisturizers for your skin that already has SPF 15, so you are naturally getting that sun protection without even trying. This not only helps you to remember to use it, but you will be using your moisturizer more often for even more anti-aging benefits.
In addition, try to wear a hat if you have sensitive skin, and avoid the direct sunlight between 2 and 4pm if you can. This is when the sun is at its highest and brightest, causing more damage to your skin during this time.