We live among a generation that is obsessed with finding the fountain of youth.
Social media. Celebrities. The cover of every fashion magazine. We’re constantly confronted with the notion that youth = happiness, and so we invest time, emotion, and of course, cold hard cash into fighting Mother Nature with a vengeance. We attempt to erase a variety of skin sins from our past: excessive sun exposure, smoking, poor diet, high stress, and a multitude of other grievances that have slowly but surely manifested into fine lines, spots and shadows.
We are constantly looking for a quick fix, a miracle cream, a secret trick to reverse the effects of time.
But what if I told you that there’s a simple way to protect, nourish and improve the look and feel of your skin? What if I told you that there’s proof that sunscreen reduces the signs of aging?
It’s the truth, of course. In addition to protection from skin cancer, regular use of sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 protects against photoaging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. In fact, simply adding a quality sunscreen to your daily skincare regime can help halt skin aging in its tracks.
Of course, all sunscreens are not created equal. NeoStrata Protective Lotion Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45 is a light, non-greasy lotion that protects skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Quickly absorbed and invisible, this daily lotion is non-comedogenic, so it’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin. And, when it’s paired with a quality moisturizer like Neostrata Wrinkle Repair Moisturizing Cream, you have the ultimate protection against the aging effects of the environment.
How else can you keep your skin safe from the effects of the sun?
Say no tanning beds. I know this should be a given, but there are still women who like to fake n’ bake. Regular use of tanning beds can increase your risk of melanoma by as much as 75 percent! This one’s a no-brainer: avoid them.
Be selective about your sunscreen. The best sunscreen is the one you will actually wear. If it is too greasy, too chalky or too fragrant, you won’t wear it. Choose a light lotion that wears well under makeup and is compatible with sensitive skin, such as NeoStrata Protective Lotion Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45. I’ve been using the sunscreen for the last month and I’m very content with the results; the formula applies easily and there’s no visible shine or powdery residue.
Inspect your skin. Examine your skin every few weeks or at least once per season, looking for signs of skin cancer. Melanoma has a variety of forms and can appear anywhere on the body, but about half of all melanomas start with a change in normal-looking skin. Being diligent about routine checks can make early detection possible.
Have you ever considered the anti-aging effects of sunscreen? Have you noticed a change in your own skin with regular use? Do tell!
This post is sponsored by NeoStrata. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.