Week 12: Shield Your Skin
Slather on sunscreen: Dermatologists will tell you it’s not just poolside summer sun that damages skin. Age spots, wrinkles and cancer result from
a lifetime of sun exposure during everyday activities, like walking your dog and driving a car. That’s why you should make
using sunscreen an every-morning, year-round habit. Chose a formula with a physical blocker, like titanium dioxide or zinc
oxide, that guards against all light wavelengths. Chemical sunscreens (which contain avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene and
similar compounds) provide protection from a narrower range of ultraviolet light. Choose an SPF 30 formula. Also remember:
Don’t skimp. Apply a shot glass-worth of broad-spectrum sunscreen from head to toe daily. Reapply midday if you’re going to
Avoid using soap: Soaps have a high pH, which can irritate skin, as well as harsh detergents, like sodium lauryl sulfate, that can strip away protective oils. Non-soap cleansers, however, are formulated to be closer to the skin’s natural pH and gentler since they contain little to no sodium lauryl sulfate. Not sure how to spot a winning formula. Look for soap-free or no-soap formulation on the label.
Sleep on the other side: Routinely snoozing on one side of your face can create creases in your skin, called sleep lines. To ward off such wrinkles, periodically flip over and give your preferred side a rest. Another tip to help keep your skin smooth: Make sure you’re slumbering on soft materials. Satin, silk and cotton jersey have more give to reduce facial creasing, experts say.
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