Resolve to make your skin more beautiful

Protect your skin all over even when you are indoors.
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(StatePoint) Just by being outside every day, skin suffers from premature aging, an effect known as photo aging. The new year is the perfect time to resolve to keep your skin looking more beautiful.

A majority of Americans mistakenly believe they receive most of their total lifetime exposure from extended outdoor activities like going to the beach, according to a new survey conducted using GfK’s Knowledge Panel.

“Actually, those activities account for a mere 20 percent of lifetime sun exposure,” says Dr. Richard C. Kirkpatrick of the Brevard Skin and Cancer Center. “In fact, 80 percent comes from daily incidental sun exposure that builds up over time and ages the skin.”

Protecting skin all over your body, even during the hazy and cloudy days of winter, is crucial.

Most Americans underestimate the damage to their skin from brief daily sun exposure. In fact, fewer than half agree that short exposures to the sun cause a lot of skin damage. But now that you know better, you can make a positive change.


Remember to cover up all the time to protect your skin from the effects of photo aging, even when you’re driving, sitting indoors next to a sunny window or taking the dog for a quick walk.


No matter how much attention you give your face, it is the constant UV damage to the skin on your arms, legs, chest, and hands that can give away your age. A top notch skin care routine for the entire body is essential.

Whereas in the past, preventing premature aging of skin on your entire body could cost a small fortune, there are now affordable, innovative alternatives.

“Look for a multi-functional body moisturizer with a blend of antioxidants, vitamins, broad spectrum SPF protection and brightening ingredients,” says Kirkpatrick.

For instance, NO-AD, which has been making top-quality skin care products for 52 years, has introduced multi-function daily body moisturizers that cost half what SPF-only body lotions do. Two formulas prevent premature skin damage from incidental sun exposure with SPF 15 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection and also offer powerful ingredients that repair or brighten with a premium blend of antioxidants, and vitamins like A, B6, C, D and E.

NO-AD Prevent & Repair protects skin cell DNA from UV light-induced free radicals with watermelon extract, while aloe vera acts as an anti-inflammatory. NO-AD Prevent & Brighten brightens with vitamin B3 (niacinamide), while argan oil helps diminish the appearance of age spots. Both formulas provide 36 hours of moisturization with Pentavitin and are offered as pump lotions and sprays, making them easy to incorporate into a skin care routine. They are available at mass market retailers and at www.walma‌ and www.drugs‌

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Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. Stay hydrated. Eat a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins, such as fish, egg whites and legumes. Get plenty of rest each night. These habits can help you look and feel your best.

While certain resolutions can be difficult to uphold, protecting your skin is an easy everyday priority.

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