You know that sunlight can be a searing skillet on your skin, upping your risk of skin cancer. So avoiding prolonged exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.—the hours of fiercest sun—is just common sense, says dermatologist Susan Weinkle, M.D., president-elect of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
It's also a no-brainer to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 45 and UVA protection, says Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D., medical director of Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan, Minnesota. "UVA rays are responsible for aging signs such as wrinkles and liver spots as well as for skin cancer," he says.
In addition to these smart moves, there are other more surprising tricks that can also do wonders for your skin. Read on to get started.