THINK OF

Elle (Canada) - - Body -

the sun as your worst fren­emy: She’s warm and friendly to your face, but you know you can’t trust her—she’s go­ing to do dam­age even­tu­ally. Sneaky UVA rays age skin by in­creas­ing free rad­i­cals, which dis­rupt DNA and slow col­la­gen syn­the­sis. UVB rays tar­get the top layer of skin, which equals sun­burn. Both cause skin can­cer. You know how to fight back: sun­screen. Use a broad-spec­trum for­mula (which pro­tects against UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30. Dr. Frances Jang, a der­ma­tol­o­gist at Sk­in­works in Van­cou­ver, rec­om­mends ap­ply­ing a top­i­cal an­tiox­i­dant like vitamin C. At con­cen­tra­tions above 8 per­cent, it can en­hance SPF be­cause it’s anti-in­flam­ma­tory and neu­tral­izes free rad­i­cals. There’s also ev­i­dence that vi­ta­mins C and E may pro­tect against dam­ag­ing in­frared rays, so ex­pect to see more sun­screens con­tain­ing th­ese an­tiox­i­dants.

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