Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Maintaining Younger Looking Skin

This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today’s Christian Living. If you don’t have a subscription, I highly recommend it.

Dear Dr. Walt,

I’d like younger looking skin. Is there an easy way to do this?

—Young-in-Heart in California

Dear Youthful,

The basic answer is to avoid the UV light from the sun that both can harm and age your skin. Want proof? Look at your arm. The side on top looks older than the underside, correct? And, the upper side is one exposed the most to sunlight.

Furthermore, your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every single time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter. So whether you are on vacation or taking a brisk fall walk in your neighborhood, remember to use sunscreen. 

I recommend to all my patients that they apply an unscented moisturizing cream with a SPF of at least 15 to their exposed skin each day before leaving home—every single day of the year.

“Every day to keep skin cancer away,” I say.

But not only that; you’ll look younger.

In fact, in one study, daily sunscreen use reduced the effects of aging on skin by nearly 25 percent.

The bottom line is that sunscreen protects the skin from harmful UV rays and helps prevent skin cancer, and it may also reduce premature wrinkles and benefit your beauty. 

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