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“If I could of­fer you only one tip for the fu­ture, sun­screen would be it.” That was part of the ad­vice that Pulitzer Prize-win­ning jour­nal­ist Mary Sch­mich shared in a 1997 col­umn in the Chicago Tri­bune. Her words, part of a hy­po­thet­i­cal com­mence­ment ad­dress, caught the eye of Baz Luhrmann, who adapted it for the ad­dic­tive “Ev­ery­body’s Free to Wear Sun­screen” spo­ken-word record­ing. “The long-term ben­e­fits of sun­screen have been proved by sci­en­tists,” she wrote, “whereas the rest of my ad­vice has no ba­sis more re­li­able than my own me­an­der­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” Over 20 years later, her ad­vice still holds up. A 2016 study com­mis­sioned by Neutrogena and pub­lished in the peer-re­viewed jour­nal Der­ma­to­logic Surgery found that reg­u­lar use of sun­screen can re­verse photo dam­age. Hence it’s never too late to start mak­ing the best in­vest­ment for your skin.

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