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How can I keep my aging skin healthy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Keeping your aging skin healthy requires proper care and maintenance. Aging skin becomes thinner and less smooth. Because you have less fat in your skin, your veins and bones may appear more prominent. Your skin becomes drier as you age as well. It can also take longer to heal from a cut or bruise.

To prevent premature skin aging, protect your skin from sun damage and other harmful elements. Here are some tips:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Also look for broad-spectrum formulas that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and are water resistant. Reapply the lotion as needed.
  • Wear protective clothing such as a hat, sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of the sun's rays, and loose, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long skirts.

Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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