The One Skincare Step You Never Should Skip, According to Clinique

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I've never been particularly good at science, but you don't have to be Einstein to understand how shocking it is that 80 percent of skin aging is related to UV radiation, according to Clinique. It used to be that you didn't have to start thinking about anti-aging until you hit your 50s, but we now realize it's never too early to start taking care of your skin (we're looking at you, tanning bed teens!).

While we don't have much control over the natural aging process our bodies go through, that doesn't necessarily mean wrinkles are inevitable. By applying SPF every day, you can help defend your skin against lines and wrinkles from forming in the future—it's a simple habit to embed into your morning beauty routine that your future self will thank you for.

As important as SPF is, though, it's a step that's easy to forget. Clinique's new Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer helps makes the process easier with a gentle face lotion that includes SPF 20. Though we know SPF moisturizers aren't a brand-new phenomenon, this one not only provides full UVA/UVB protection, but also includes antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, helping to prevent UV damage from forming in the first place. Superdefense also uses modern ingredients like barley and wheat germ extract that build a stronger skin barrier, plus anti-irritants like sea whip extract and caffeine. So for the sunscreen slackers out there, this latest product means no excuses.

Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer, $45, clinique.com

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