New Study Proves That Sunscreen Prevents Aging

wrinklesSunscreens prevent aging, don’t they? You’d think that would be an easy question to answer. Turns out, until a few days ago, it wasn’t. That’s because it takes years to conduct such studies.

Now, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows conclusively that wearing sunscreen helps prevent photoaging — premature aging from the sun, including wrinkles and sun spots. The study participants who applied sunscreen every day showed 24% less skin aging than those told to use the cream as they normally do.

Researchers found that of the 900 men and women in the study, those assigned to use daily sunscreen were less likely to have wrinkles and dark spots after 4.5 years than those who did not regularly use sunscreen.

So, what should you do? Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily.

And remember, “buckle up and reapply.”

Photo credit, FCC, gracieandviv

6 thoughts on “New Study Proves That Sunscreen Prevents Aging

  1. I’ve worn sunscreen every day of my life since they became available. And I mean EVERY day. I’m now 71 and the results have been clear to to me for some time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if I look 40 but my skin is clear and remarkably wrinkle-free.

  2. Wow very interesting. I had no idea sunscreen could actually be applied to prevent aging of the skin. And 24% is a pretty substantial difference. Guess I gotta make sure I remember to put on sunscreen before going out!

  3. I wish the internet was around when I was younger I used to sit in the sun for hours without sunscreen and the results years later are not great. it is so important to educate on the importance of sunscreen

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