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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Good Sunscreen

Even if you’re not worried about getting a sunburn, sunscreen is the best anti-aging agent money can buy.

UV rays go beyond the surface of your skin and break down the collagen underneath. Over time, collagen breakdown results in wrinkles. To delay the arrival of wrinkles, wear sunscreen daily—yes, even when it’s cloudy, raining, or snowing.

Given how much money people like to spend on covering up their wrinkles once they get them--creams, makeup, surgery--a good sunscreen is a good investment.

A good sunscreen is one that you don't mind wearing every day. It should have an SPF of at least 30. You might also consider a non-comodogenic sunscreen (that is, a sunscreen that doesn't clog your pores) to cover the parts of your body that are acne-prone.

I like Neutrogena's sunscreens, as the finish is dry rather than greasy.

What's your favorite sunscreen? Leave a comment.

NOTE: Sunshine is good for you in small quantities! Fifteen minutes of frolicking in the sun without sunscreen on helps you get your vitamin D. In the summer, most of us get our fifteen minutes without even trying. In the winter, it's important to make an effort to get out more, to ward off symptoms of SADD.

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