With summer here, it’s time to get the swimsuit, head to the beach and soak up some sun. Make sure when you grab your hat, sunglasses, and cover-up that you don’t forget sunscreen. We’re sure you’ve heard this all before, but it’s still worth repeating. Most of us can easily remember the last time we forgot to bring sunscreen, forgot to apply, or forgot to re-apply.
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that consistent application of sunscreen will improve the appearance of your skin in the long run. Researchers in this study assembled a group of individuals younger than 55 years of age and had them apply sunscreen of at least 15 SPF to their head, neck, arms, and hands. They were instructed to apply it each morning after showering, after spending a few hours in direct sunlight, or after perspiring heavily. A second group of subjects was directed to apply sunscreen at their discretion. A third group was to act as the control group; these individuals were given daily placebo pills or B-carotene supplements.
After 4.5 years, the participants allowed researchers to take impressions of the back of their hands. These were compared to impressions that were taken at the beginning of the study. It’s no surprise that researchers found signs of aging in these impressions. Researchers also found that, compared to participants who applied sunscreen at their own discretion, individuals who applied it on a daily basis showed 24 percent less skin aging.
This study showed dramatic results after only 4.5 years, so imagine what a lifetime of sun exposure would do to your skin. Even if you think your skin is beginning to look a bit leathery, there is still hope. Dermal or facial fillers, as well as BOTOX® Cosmetic, can make you look years younger and instantly enhance your looks by creating a smooth, natural appearance. Protect for the future and see us at Pinsky Plastic Surgery for the present!
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine