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What Happens to Your Skin When You Don't Wear Sunscreen

Q) What Actually Happens When You Skip the Sunscreen?

Sigh. I get asked this question a LOT. Which saddens me. As if I don't say it enough, sunscreen should be a daily essential. No questions asked. But if you insist. Here is the answer . . .

As well as horrifying sunburns. Dr. Adrienne Denese, a dermatologist who specialises in anti-ageing techniques, says skin damage is likely. "The most important step a young woman needs to take is to use sun protection 365 days a year. Over 90 percent of ageing of the skin is sun-induced," she adds.

"Nearly everything you do not like about your skin — lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, enlarged pores, red capillaries around the nose, loss of tone, and firmness — all have to do with sun exposure." Plus, don't forget that you can get damage from the sun even when the sun is not visible. "It can be overcast. It can be raining or snowing. The UVA rays are present even under these circumstances, undermining the integrity of your skin," advises Dr. Denese. Lesson learned.

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