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The Skinny With Val

What’s ageless skin’s secret ingredient? You probably already have it, says O’s beauty director, Valerie Monroe.

WOULD YOU BELIEVE me if I told you there’s a magic potion that might literally turn back the clock for your complexion? It’s inexpensive and easy to use. You can even buy it at the drugstore. This enchanted elixir is...sunscreen.

You most likely already know that consistently using sunscreen can help prevent premature wrinkles, hyper pigmentation (dark spots), and skin cancer. But a small 2016 study found that daily use of broad spectrum sun protection may also visibly reverse existing sun damage, including rough texture, lack of clarity, and hyper pigmentation. So, if you want to preserve (and maybe even improve) your beautiful self, use a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF 30—no excuses—every day. Any questions?

Q If my moisturizer contains broad spectrum SPF 30, do I need to apply sunscreen on top of it?

No, your moisturizer will help protect you from skin cancer and the photo damage that causes aging. And if it also contains brightening and softening antioxidants, amino acids, and peptides, you’ll get a trifecta of healthy skin benefits. If you’re going to be outside for a prolonged period, you must reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. Instead of remoisturizing, try dusting on a mineral sunscreen powder to get the protection you need, says Ellen Marmur, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital


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