When it comes to looking and feeling as youthful as ever, you’re probably aware that your skin can tell a lot about your health and your age. From fine lines and wrinkles to sunspots, eventually, your skin will start to show some wear and tear. But no matter how old you are, there’s plenty you can do today to start taking better care. We all want skin that looks great — and appearance aside, you should also know the warning signs of life-threatening lesions that can lead to cancer.
Here are the tips dermatologists recommend for optimal skin care (including No. 10, which dispels one skin myth you probably believe).
1. Know what’s in your sunscreen
If you haven’t been wearing sunscreen over the years, it’s never too late to start. Not only does sunscreen help protect your skin from cancer, but it’s also vital for keeping it looking youthful. Not all products are created equally, however. And according to Carl Thornfeldt, M.D., you should be looking for sunscreens that contain anti-inflammatory and barrier-repairing ingredients, Byrdie reports.
“A broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 30 is best,” Thornfeldt recommends.
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