Even if you haven't always applied yourself to sun protection, give yourself a break and get on it. "It's never too late to protect your skin," says Karrie Fairbrother, R.N., spokeswoman for the Dermatology Nurses' Association. "The skin does repair itself some and it does rejuvenate." So, while you won't be able to erase your lifetime radiation exposure, you will see positive changes as you protect your skin more. Find ways to make it easy.
Shop for a moisturizer that contains SPF and you'll save a step (but if you're using two separate products, always apply your SPF first and then apply your moisturizer on top). Consider using makeup with SPF protection, including foundations and lipsticks.
Another tip: Store a tube of sunscreen and a hat with a brim in your car, in case you decide to take a spontaneous walk, suggests Casey Gallagher, dermatologist at Boulder Valley Center for Dermatology in Boulder, Colorado. And instead of dwelling on past sunburns or the fact that you forgot to apply sunscreen yesterday, get right back to your sunscreen regimen today.