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Th­ese days, peo­ple are more likely to use sun­screen than they were 30 years ago—but still, says Lane Smith, MD, board- cer­ti­fied plas­tic sur­geon at Smith Plas­tic Surgery in Las Ve­gas, most peo­ple don’t ap­ply enough or they are vy­ing for that golden glow. “The big­gest is­sue re­gard­ing sun­screen use with my pa­tients is not ap­ply­ing enough or of­ten enough, and some still like to tan, and that is a prob­lem,” says Smith, who rec­om­mends a min­i­mum of broad-spec­trum and wa­ter-re­sis­tant SPF 30 ev­ery two hours.

And this also goes for days when the sun is tucked be­hind clouds. “When there is cloud cover or when you’re us­ing a sun shade, there is a pos­si­bil­ity of cer­tain UV rays com­ing through,” says H.L. Green­berg, MD, a board-cer­ti­fied der­ma­tol­o­gist and founder of Las Ve­gas Der­ma­tol­ogy. Adds Smith, “Re­mem­ber, just driv­ing to and from work bathes the skin in harm­ful UVA ra­di­a­tion.”

But this is by no means a call to stay in­doors. “Even if pa­tients were sun wor­ship­pers in their youth, reg­u­lar sun­screen use at any age can help re­verse some of the signs of skin ag­ing. It is never too late to start a good sun­screen reg­i­men,” Smith says. And with so many op­tions, it’s never been eas­ier— or looked bet­ter—to prac­tice safe sun.

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