Harvard Women's Health Watch

Revitalizing sun-damaged skin

It's not too late to protect your skin from the sun, and even reverse the damage that's already been done.

When we were young, our "sun protection" consisted of splashing on a layer of baby oil. Tans were considered the mark of good health, and the darker we got, the better.

Now that we know the toll of excess sun exposure—the wrinkles, sun spots, and potentially deadly skin cancers—we may be feeling tanners' remorse. Though we can never go back and exchange our bottles of baby oil for SPF 30 sunscreen, it isn't too late to protect our skin and even undo some of the damage we inflicted when we were young.

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