Proof positive that sunscreen prevents wrinkles

Proof positive that sunscreen prevents wrinkles

Sunscreen Each Day Stops Wrinkles

From The Wall Street Journal

Your mother always told you to apply sunscreen.  Confusion about the proper SPF aside, you always felt that protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful Ultraviolet rays was a way to protect against sunburn, and even skin cancer.  Well, a new study presents hard proof that applying sunscreen daily can decrease the look of aging by 24%.  What more reason do you need to apply that SPF before you hit the swimming pool?

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Dermatologists have been telling patients for years that using sunscreen regularly can protect skin against aging. Now there’s research to back that up.

Doctors say appealing to the vanity of patients by warning them about skin aging is crucial in convincing them to use sunscreen more often to help prevent skin cancer. Getty Images

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers showed that people instructed to apply sunscreen every day showed 24% less skin aging, as measured by lines and coarseness of the skin, than those told to use the cream as they usually do.

“This is great fodder for us to encourage people to use sunscreen,” said Jeffrey Dover, a dermatologist in Chestnut Hill, Mass. “I will quote this paper every day.”

Sunscreen has long been touted as a way to stave off photoaging, or changes to the skin caused by sun exposure. But there wasn’t hard evidence in humans to support the claim, study authors said. A trial published in 1995 involved 35 people with past skin cancer and found no evidence of sunscreen’s protective effect, measured by looking at skin biopsies under a microscope. But larger, randomized trials open to the larger community hadn’t been done, for logistical and cost reasons.

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