What can you do in your 20s to slow the effects of aging on your skin?

What can you do in your 20s to slow the effects of aging on your skin?

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Doris Day, M.D.
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The single most important thing you can do to slow the effects of aging on your skin is to follow sun-smart behavior. This means you should try to avoid midday sun (typically from 10am to 2pm); wear a hat, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing when possible; and use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and one that is broad spectrum with both UVA and UVB protection. You should reapply the sunscreen every two hours for adequate coverage and protection. You can also add antioxidants like vitamin A (retinol) to your skincare routine for extra help in slowing the effects of aging.

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