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How to Protect Your Skin From Premature Aging

Protecting your skin from the sun has more benefits than you may think. Not only does it help prevent skin cancer. It’s an important step to prevent premature aging and keep you looking your best.

evJulianne Moore recently announced her secret to flawless skin is sunscreen. She uses it on a daily basis, and you should too. Studies show that regular use of sunscreen protects your skin from photoaging, which results in wrinkles, brown spots, and loss of elasticity. These signs of aging can be prevented, or minimized with the use of sunscreen and sun protective clothing. Some of our favorite sunscreens include AquaSport, CoTZ Plus, Vanicream, Total Block and SolBar  all available on our website!

Sun-protective clothing is a relatively new development in the U.S., while it has been a staple in Australia for several decades. With the U.S. Surgeon General declaring skin cancer an epidemic, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun-protective clothing as a first line of defense. It can also minimize aging in sensitive areas such as the décolletage, neck, knees and elbows. With the latest styles for beach, water and outdoor lifestyles, you can look terrific and be protected in fabrics that provide UPF 50+ protection for the life of the garment.

ev (1)Your face, neck and ears may all come to mind when you think of the importance of sun protection, but what about your hands? Unless you wear gloves everyday, your hands receive a considerable amount of sun exposure over time. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of visible skin changes are due to exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF 15 or more to protect your hands from sun damage. And don’t forget your nails! They are also susceptible to melanoma. Gloves made with sun-protective fabric are also a good choice for gardening, outdoor chores, and even driving.

ev (2)Another overlooked area is hair. The sun can damage hair, and signs that your hair may be sun damaged include dryness, split ends, loss of strength, and brittle or breakable hair. A great way to protect your hair is to wear a broad-brimmed hat or scarf made from sun-protective fabric, which will also protect your face, ears, and neck. Coolibar has many options for women, men, and children.

No matter your age, it’s always a good time to begin protecting your skin from the sun! You don’t need to invest in multiple anti-aging creams anymore. Using quality sunscreen every day, with sun protective hats and clothing will help you achieve the best possible looking skin.

Welcome back to health, happiness, and fun in the sun!

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