According to an article on CNN, “a new study finds that regular sunscreen use protects against photoaging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.”
So, it turns out that sunscreen really does do more than protect from cancer. “While they may not be shocking, the findings – from Australian researchers – are the first to quantify sunscreen’s anti-aging properties… Damage [in the study participants] was measured on a scale from 1 to 6, with 1 signifying no damage and 6 meaning skin with severe aging. Participants were given a score at the start of a four-year period and another score at the end; those who used sunscreen daily were 24% less likely to show increased signs of aging, researchers found.”
“I have always told my patients that sunscreen would not only protect against painful sunburns and cancer, but also would reduce the affects of aging from the sun,” exclaimed Dermatologist at Eastside Dermatology, Dr. Alan Parks. “I’m happy that now there is solid research to back this claim up. Maybe now my daughter will thank me for all those years I forced her to slather on the sunscreen!”
Anyone who spends time outdoors during daylight hours should use sunscreen, and should make sure to re-apply when necessary. If you would like to make an appointment at Eastside Dermatology to learn more about the proper way to use sunscreen or to learn more about the benefits, please visit our website or call 614-863-3222 to schedule your appointment today.