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Spring is officially in the air. With birds chirping, flowers blooming, weather warming and more hours of daylight, there’s nothing better than going outside, taking a walk around the block, tending to your garden or even sitting on your front porch watching the sunset. While it’s natural to spend more time outside in the warmer months, it’s also necessary to be extra careful about sun exposure, as it can wreak havoc on your skin.
From products to precautions, here are some practical tips for enjoying the sun responsibly this spring:
Sunscreen: Your Skin’s Not-So-Secret Weapon
Whether you’re outside, inside, it’s raining or there’s no cloud in sight, using sunscreen daily is a must! Most importantly it helps decrease your risk of developing skin cancer. Sunscreen also has a host of other benefits. In fact, new research suggests that in addition to health benefits, applying sunscreen daily helps keep skin looking younger, longer.
The number-one cause of premature aging of the face is ultraviolet exposure. Wearing sunscreen slows down the development of wrinkles, leathery skin and keeps skin tone even. Daily sunscreen application can also help prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.
Keep it Clean
Washing your face twice daily is important at any age, but consider what products you use as your skin changes. Over time skin loses its elasticity and moisture, so steer clear of exfoliating cleansers, which can irritate sensitive, thinner skin. Instead, choose a moisture-rich, creamy cleanser that will remove dirt and toxins without stripping the skin of moisture. A clean face also allows moisturizers, anti-aging treatments and sunscreen penetrate into the skin more effectively, resulting in healthy and protected skin all spring long!
More importantly, your cleanser doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg. Ingredients found in cleansers only stay on your face for a few seconds, and no ingredient can significantly affect your skin in that short amount of time. You can find a wide variety of great cleansers at your neighborhood drug store, at a price point that works best for your budget.
Make Your Skincare Work Overtime While You Sleep
Don’t skip nighttime skin projection. Slather on a rich night cream before bed – ideally one with peptides or retinoids – to increase collagen production. Collagen promotes younger-looking skin and minimizes skin imperfections like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots, so you wake up feeling fresh-faced and ready to take on the day.
Need to stock up on sunscreen, facial cleansers or night creams? Walgreens has you covered, and with AARP Member Advantages, members receive 50 points for every $1 spent on Walgreens brand health & wellness products.
These articles present general information and are for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for legal, financial, medical, or other professional advice.