From washing to exfoliating, there is a laundry list of things you should be doing in your regular skin routine. Really, you could burn hours primping and priming your skin to stay forever young. But really, here's the one thing to do for your skin each day that will keep it healthy and bright for years to come: Wear sunscreen.
Your face, especially the thinner skin around your eyes and mouth, can age rapidly thanks to sun exposure and damage. That means wearing sunscreen is important, no matter the weather or season.
"Every day of the year, rain or shine, harmful UV rays come through windows in your office, home, or car," said celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau, according to Marie Claire . "Make sure your moisturizer contains a sunscreen, so you only need to apply one product. Don't forget, the best anti-aging product in the world is sunscreen."
Yep, that means it should still be in your beauty routine long after summer fades. In an interview fellow Bustle writer Lindsey Rose Black had with Dr. Janet H. Prystowsky, the dermatologist stressed how crucial sunscreen was, even in the winter. ""UV rays that cause sun damage and age your skin are out year-round. They get weaker in the winter because the sunburning rays (UVB) do not get through the ozone layer as well, but the photoaging rays (UVA) continue to come through and also go through glass if you have windows." You've been warned.
Here are my favorite sunscreen products to keep you fresh and protected all year long.
This is a matte formula that is great for oily skin. It's packed protectants that helps soothe skin and fight free radicals, like 35 SPF.
A great, all-purpose moisturizer for all skin types that the associate editor of ELLE lives by.
Clinique is known for their great skin products, and this one protects against UVA and UBV rays. It has SPF 50 and gives a boost of antioxidants.
If Gwyneth Paltrow is behind it, chances are it's a good idea. This is a great lightweight serum that you can wear under your foundation.
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