5 Ways to Prevent Wrinkles


Stave off the Sun's Rays

On that first glorious, sunny day of spring, nothing feels better than lifting your face to the gigantic, gaseous giver of life: the sun. There's no doubt the sun is a benevolent force in our world; however, its UV rays are also the No. 1 cause of wrinkles [source: Haddon].

But before you shroud your body completely, note that sunlight (since it's necessary for the production of vitamin D) is beneficial in moderate amounts. However, if you're going to be out in the sun in the middle of the day or for long periods of time, sunblock is essential.

Start by protecting your face and the backs of your hands with a daily moisturizer that contains an SPF 30 sunscreen. For long days in the sun, be sure to spread liberal amounts of sunscreen or sunblock evenly all over your body. Sunscreens take about 20 minutes to penetrate the skin, so slather them on well before you charge outside to enjoy a wrinkle-free day in the sun.

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