Excuse: "Sunscreen makes my face shiny"
The Truth: Even some oil-free formulas leave skin looking (and feeling) like a grease slick. They're often too heavy to apply under makeup as well. As a result, many women rely on the SPF in makeup, a habit worth breaking: A study did show that even under typical office or home conditions, foundation can shift and wear off after a few hours.
Problem Solver: Thanks to its ultra-airy texture, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face ($27.50; CVS) absorbs quickly and dries to a matte finish, so foundation glides on smoothly and doesn't slide off.
Skip-a-step bonus: It's moisturizing, so you don't need a separate day cream.
Excuse: "It's too late; the damage is already done"
The Truth: If you still think most sun damage occurs before you hit age 20, here's news: You get less than 25% of your total sun exposure by age 18, not the 80% experts used to believe. In fact, by age 40, you've soaked up only about half your total lifetime exposure. And no matter what your age, daily sunscreen use reduces damage and allows skin to repair itself, says Weiss.
Problem Solver: Protect skin and boost its natural repair abilities with NIA 24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($45; nia24.com). It contains Pro-Niacin, a form of vitamin B3 that helps erase past sun sins by improving skin hydration and minimizing dark spots.
54% of Americans got sunburned in the last 3 years. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen head to toe 20 minutes before going outdoors.
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