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How to Fight Sun Damage

Whether you’re freaking over a few new wrinkles or some sunspots, we’ll show you how to undo the damage.

Photo: Karl Juengel

Stay hydrated (from the outside-in)
Drinking enough water and using moisturizer on a daily basis is essential for keeping your skin hydrated, because dry skin makes wrinkles and sun damage appear far more pronounced. If you can never seem to remember to guzzle enough H2O, keep a large reusable water bottle on your desk at work and try to refill at least twice a day. When it comes to moisturizers, go for an ultra-hydrating lotion for your body (our pick: Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion) and apply it right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed at night to lock in moisture. For your face, opt for a moisturizer that offers anti-aging properties (there are ones that treat wrinkles, as well as formulas for sunspots, so pick one that addresses your issues).

Use sunscreen religiously
Sure, some damage may be done, but you can prevent future wrinkles and sunspots, as well as keep current lines at bay by slathering on the SPF -- every.single.day. It’s easy to forget about sunscreen when it’s not actually sunny, but the sun can still do damage when it’s cloudy out. So rain or shine, always apply sunscreen before you head outside (even if it’s just for a short period of time). Buy a moisturizer with SPF if you know you won’t remember or hate lugging around all those products. And it’s also a good idea to buy some SPF lip balm to protect your pucker (you want kissable lips, don’t you?).

Sip some tea
Believe it or not, both black and green teas have high levels of polyphenols and antioxidants in them, which together help to combat free radicals. And in case you have no clue what free radicals are, in a nutshell, they can lead to cellular damage (read: wrinkles and sunspots). But to score the anti-aging benefits of tea, experts say you have to drink at least two or more cups a day. (Bonus: A recent study found that people who drank two or more cups of tea a day were 30 percent less likely to develop a certain type of skin cancer.)

Load up on Vitamin C
Vitamin C packs a pretty powerful punch. It’s a scientifically proven wrinkle-fighter, and its ability to restore collagen and elasticity in the skin can repel free radicals. (Translation: Vitamin C can reverse sun damage -- even wrinkles and spots you’ve had for years.) Taking a Vitamin C supplement once a day can help, but you can also get Vitamin C from your diet by drinking

-- The Nest Editors