Be Preventive and Proactive Against the Elements
Little boy at a Caribbean beach with lotion mask for sun protection.

It's never too early to begin protecting skin against the sun.

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Protecting your skin from the elements is key to preventing wrinkles, but can also help reduce those you may have. For example, a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 25 to 30 is effective in shielding against ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B (UVA and UVB) radiation from the sun. Some sunscreens also contain vitamin E or soy isoflavones. These products actually strengthen the skin barrier by helping to regenerate collagen.

Likewise, moisturizers help to retain fluid in the cells, which fills in wrinkles temporarily and improves overall skin health in the long run.

Some moisturizers contain collagen and keratin. These proteins also temporarily diminish wrinkles and protect the skin, but they can't be absorbed topically and added to your body's natural store -- it would be more worthwhile to make sure you're eating foods that contain these proteins instead.

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