how to protect your skin from the sunIt's easy to accumulate sun damage over time, especially if you forget to apply sunscreen each time before going out in the sun. But, prolonged sun exposure can lead to premature aging -- who needs that? Here are five expert tips for protecting your skin against the sun:

1. Work sunscreen into your routine

The easiest way to ensure you work sunscreen into your routine is to make sure it's incorporated into all of the beauty and skincare products you're already using, such as moisturizer, primer, and foundation. Look for skincare products that contain an SPF 30 or higher, and apply them liberally to reap the full benefits.

2. Use baby sunscreen

If you have sensitive skin, then you should reach for baby sunscreens that use physical blockers, such as zinc oxide, instead of chemical ones, which can be irritating.

3. Rub in spray sunscreens

While spray sunscreens might seem super convenient, most dermatologists agree that people don't rub in spray formulas properly, leaving them with streaky protection. To properly apply spray sunscreens, hold the can an inch away from your skin, and then spray section-by-section until your skin glistens. Finally, blend it all in using your hands.

4. Sport sun-protective clothing

To protect your skin thoroughly from UVA and UVB rays, wear sun-protective clothing whenever outside. There are lots of shirts on the market that have an ultraviolet protective factor of 50, meaning they block nearly 98 percent of UV rays. You should also wear a brimmed hat and large sunglasses if you're outside for long periods.

5. Always have sunscreen on hand

You should toss sunscreen into all of your bags so you'll always have protection on hand. Be sure to reapply sunblock every two hours. Sunscreen sticks won't spill, and brush-on mineral powder is great for midday touch-ups over makeup.

Protect your skin rain or shine

No matter the weather -- rain or shine -- you should always protect your skin by applying sunscreen to all exposed areas. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours. This will help to protect against premature aging and skin cancer.

  1. "7 Ways to Protect Your Skin From the Sun," Allure, May 23, 2016.
  2. "How to Choose the Right Sun Protection," WebMD, n.d.

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