Used Daily, Sunscreen Dramatically Slows Appearance Of Aging


In addition to its documented help in preventing skin cancer, it turns out that sunscreen has an aesthetic quality as well: used daily, it can diminish the appearance of wrinkles by 24 percent.

In a study of 900 young and middle-aged men and women spanning nearly five years, Australian researchers discovered no detectable skin aging in those who applied sunscreen daily, as opposed to the appearance of sun-induced wrinkles among those who didn’t.

Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical research divided the study population into two groups, with the first applying SPF15+ sunscreen every day on their faces, necks, hands and arms. The second group used sunscreen either rarely, or not at all. In all, the test period stretched over four and-a-half years.

The study didn’t involve those over the age of 55, in order to ensure that any appearance of aging could be attributed more to environmental factors (like sun exposure) than to the onset of genetics-related aging.

In order to gauge the appearance of wrinkles over time, the study even had Silicone impressions taken from the backs of all participants’ hands, both at the beginning and the end of the trial.

Once the results were measured, the research reflected a difference of 24 percent in the appearance of wrinkles between the two groups.

“This has been one of those beauty tips you often hear quoted, but for the first time we can back it with science: protecting yourself from skin cancer by using sunscreen regularly has the added bonus of keeping you looking younger,” said Professor Adele Green of the Queensland Institute. “And the study has shown that up to middle age, it’s not too late to make a difference.”

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Unbelievable

    Are you kidding? The chemicals in that crap WILL give you skin cancer among other negative effects on your body’s health. We all need a little sun for health, like vitamin D production. Check who underwrote this bullcrap study.

    • rendarsmith

      Yeah I heard about that. All these chemicals in our bodies, it can’t be good.

  • FreedomFighter

    Real Aloe Vera for me, a small amount, every day right after a shower, spread all over except my hairy head. I don’t have any studies other than my own use, try it, your skin will love you for it…the skin is the largest organ in the body…don’t put chemicals on it if you don’t have to, IMHO
    Laus DeoSemper FI