Sunscreen makes you look younger

Researchers in Australia have demonstrated what plastic surgeons have been telling patients for years: if you wear sunscreen, you will protect your skin from signs of aging.  In a study recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine, senior author Dr. Adele Green and her colleagues in the U.K. and Australia demonstrate that daily use of SPF-15 or greater sunscreen is associated with younger looking skin.

903 adults under age 55 were randomly assigned to a "daily sunscreen" group or a "use sunscreen whenever you want group." Four and a half years later, those in the "daily sunscreen group" showed 24% less skin aging than in the control group. More impressive still, unbiased scientists determined that those in the sunscreen group "showed no detectable increase in skin aging after 4.5 years."

I wear SPF-45 zinc & titanium based sunscreen everyday, rain or shine, on my face, hands, neck, and decolletage-- and I recommend that my patients do the same. 

 

Click to read the original research in Annals of Internal Medicine

Click to read the original research in Annals of Internal Medicine

Click to read the Wall Street Journal's coverage of this interesting topic.

Click to read the Wall Street Journal's coverage of this interesting topic.