Prevent Ageing Skin with Sunscreen

Sunscreen keeps your skin looking younger for longer, here’s the proof…

We all know the power of sunscreen when it comes to lowering the risk of skin cancer and sun damage, however there is scientific proof to back up beauty world claims that sun exposure increases loss of firmness in skin and increases premature ageing. This is referring to the photo-ageing of the skin, which not only means fine lines and wrinkles but also increased pigmentation and sun spots.

Those in a four-year long study who had not used sunscreen regularly showed severe photo-ageing.* Those who applied sunscreen most days had no detectable ageing of the skin. Simple.

Yes, the skin will age over time but there is one very easy step we can all take to slowing down the inevitable. Two important points to take from the study below:

It’s not too late to start today!

Even those who began applying their sunscreen “most days” from middle-age reaped the benefits.

Moisturiser with some sunscreen isn’t enough

Your foundation, BB or day cream may have some sun protection, they do not typically have the same long-lasting effect as sunscreen. SPF in your make up should be fine for a regular day in the office with less than 10 minutes sun exposure, but any more than that and you should use a full-strength sunscreen underneath.

Daily face sunscreens have come a long way and there are now plenty of affordable products on the market that don’t clog pores and feel thick and gloopy like they used to. Ideally, choose a daily moisturiser with high broad spectrum UVA and UVB  SPF 30 and you’ll be taking one very simple but important step to keeping those wrinkles at bay.

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*Dr. Adele Green from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and colleagues analysed data from 903 adults younger than 55 who were followed from 1992 to 1996. Half of them were told to put sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater on their head, neck, arms and hands every morning, and to reapply when necessary. The others used sunscreen according to their own discretion.

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Kodee Guglielmana