A new study has found that a daily dollop of sunscreen is the elixir of youth promising more radiant skin at any age. The study was recently reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which examined a sample group of 905 people age 55 or younger. The study was subject to rigorous controls to ensure accuracy and reliability of the findings.
Those findings revealed that the control group that used sunscreen on a daily basis had 24 percent less skin aging compared to their non-sunscreen using counterparts. Its welcome corroboration that sunscreen is not just a first line of defense against skin cancer. It’s also a shield against the long-term ravages of the sun which cause photoaging.
On average, only 31 percent of women use sunscreen every morning as a part of their normal skin-care regimen. The study suggests that a fluid ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to preventing skin damage caused by exposure to sunlight. Sunscreen not only protects the skin against the cancer-causing effects of UVA and UVB light exposure, it helps slow the appearance of age spots and wrinkles associated with photoaging.
An SPF30 or higher sunscreen will keep the skin soft and supple when religiously applied to the face, neck, chest, arms, and legs – any part of the body that is exposed to direct sunlight. Doctors recommend daily use of sunscreen regardless of the season or weather conditions.
Best of all, it’s an economical way to stay younger looking longer. Make it a part of your daily skin hygiene and reap the cosmetic rewards. To learn more about the proper use of sunscreen, talk to your qualified dermatologist about the different SPF ratings and brands available.
Dr. Diane Walder is a board certified Miami dermatologist with offices located at 1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 100, Bay Harbor Islands, FL. Call (305) 866-2177 for a personal consultation.