There probably aren’t too many people in the country who haven’t heard the warnings about sun exposure. But there are plenty who still aren’t getting the message. Younger people in particular are hard to convince. The damage to their skin from unprotected sun exposure can take years to develop, and by then, the damage is done.
Two serious reasons to use sunscreen
Of course the most important reason to protect your skin from the sun is to help avoid skin cancer. Reason number two: the sun causes the majority of wrinkles and skin damage we experience in our lifetimes. Those two facts alone should turn anyone into a sunscreen devotee, but here is some new information that could become reason number three.
Sunscreen can improve the quality of your skin
A new study recently published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery shows that sunscreen not only protects our skin from damage, but might also reverse common sun-induced signs of aging, such as wrinkles and brown spots. In fact, the study showed improvements in many other signs of skin aging caused by the sun, including:
- Fine lines
The study used chemical sunscreen ingredients (avobenzone, oxtinoxate), but researchers believe that physical blockers, (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) should also do the job.
A daily application of moisturizer with SPF 30 could produce visible improvement
Study participants saw nearly a 50% improvement in the appearance of dark spots, skin texture and skin clarity after a year. And the moisturizer used in the study contained no anti-aging ingredients.
What’s the explanation?
It likely has something to do with our skin’s built-in regenerative properties — it turns over every 28 days. So by preventing more sun damage, our skin is basically able to “heal” on its own. It’s as if the sunscreen is giving the skin a break from constantly defending itself against UV exposure and can concentrate on repairing damage instead.
The key to results?
Simply consider sunscreen part of your daily skin-care routine. And don’t forget to see your dermatologist for any skin irregularities that cause you concern.
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