Ask the Doctor: What can I do to help minimize my wrinkles?

Q. I love to soak in the sun and get a nice tan, which makes me look healthier. However, over the years I've acquired a few wrinkles, which I'm not so crazy about. Is there anything I can do to minimize them?

A. As you know, prolonged exposure to the sun can result in premature wrinkles. In addition, age, sex, skin type, geographic location, skin pigmentation, genetics, and total duration of sun exposure throughout life all play a role in how our skin ages. Studies have shown sun exposure induces skin aging in up to 80% to 90% of Europeans and North Americans.

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