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4 Essential Ways to Protect Your Skin Year-Round

Because sun protection doesn't get a day off

Let's cut right to the chase, shall we? If you're not yet using sunscreen every single day of the year, please start doing so, like, now. Contrary to popular belief, protecting your skin is a year-round event, and not something reserved solely for summer. Why, you ask? The sun produces both UVA and UVB rays. UVB, the ones responsible for burning your skin, are stronger during the summer, so yes, you likely won't get a sunburn in January. But UVA rays, those that cause signs of aging, such as fine lines, spots and sagging, are the same strength year-round and can penetrate through clouds and even glass. The bottom line: Your skin is susceptible 12 months out of the year — even when you're driving in your car or sitting indoors near a window. And along with all those unsightly effects we mentioned, the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays has a much more serious effect: skin cancer.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year than all other cancers combined. And a whopping 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with UV exposure. Crazy, right? Luckily, your skin prevention strategy is simple: Find a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and use it every. single. day. Then, give your skin a little extra love with skin care products that help counteract the drying and damaging effects of the sun and you're good to go. Ahead, four that fit the bill.

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