A majority of photo aging is caused by incidental sun exposure

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jan 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

cause of photo agingDid you know that the majority of your skin’s sun exposure is accidental? According to Dr. Richard C Kirkpatrick of the Brevard Skin and Cancer Center, 80 percent of your lifetime sun exposure comes from daily incidental exposure that builds up over time to age your skin.

Now that you know this fact, here are a few tips to renew your skin and help prevent extra sun exposure:

1. Wear clothes that cover your skin

The best way to protect your skin from sun exposure is to limit exposure by wearing clothes that cover more skin, including when driving and sitting indoors near a window.

2. Have a skin care routine for your entire body

Aging can be seen on every inch of skin, so make sure you’re not just paying attention to your face. Try using a full-body moisturizer with at least SPF 15 UVA/UVB and a premium blend of antioxidants (vitamins A, B6, C, D and E) to keep all of your skin smooth and protected.

3. Drink lots of water and eat healthy

Your overall health is reflected in your skin. Hydrate throughout the day, and try to eat a well-balanced diet. Don’t forget to get enough sleep too!

To learn more about how incidental sun exposure affects your skin and how to prevent photo aging, read Make your skin more beautiful this year on nwitimes.com.

Topics: Skincare, Skin rejuvenation

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