Barbecues, beach days, hiking trips, pool time — all that good summer fun left your skin baking in the sun’s direct rays, battling the effects of chlorine, and struggling to keep up with record-high humidity. Yeah, okay, men don’t care about that stuff. But you will. Just as soon as that tan fades and no longer disguises the effects of one sun-soaked excursion too many, you’ll realize it would have been wise to slap a little sunscreen on while there was still time. “Chronic sun exposure in the summer can permanently affect your skin,” says Jason S. Reichenberg, MD, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. “It can cause wrinkles, thinning of the skin, broken blood vessels. Some of these changes are permanent and cannot be reversed, so the best way to prevent this problem is to avoid so much exposure in the first place.”
Take a minute to let that sink in. Now, make amends if you still can.