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Your Anti-Aging Skin Regime

The habit: Applying sunscreen daily, but only to your face, and forgetting about antioxidants

Why it's making you look older: Although women have finally taken the sunscreen message to heart, far too many of us are still neglecting our hands, Bowe says (and she's not the only dermatologist who's shared this with us). Hands are already susceptible to indignities of aging, like a loss of fat that makes veins more prominent, and UV rays add insult to injury in the form of sunspots and wrinkles. Many dermatologists also recommend antioxidant products to minimize sun and pollution damage. (Pollution is linked to more signs of facial aging, like dark spots.) “Think of sunscreen as the lock on the front door of your house, and antioxidants as the burglar alarm,” says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Boston. “Locking the door is most important, but locking the door and setting the alarm gives you extra protection.”

The fix: Always remember to put sunscreen on the backs of your hands, especially when you're driving. UVA rays, which play a major part in skin aging, can penetrate glass. For antioxidant products, look for serums, which generally layer better under makeup and should be applied under your sunscreen. (Always layer products from lightest to heaviest or thickest, so the thicker products don’t keep the lighter ones from reaching your skin.)