The benefits of sun cream have long been extolled when it comes to preventing sunstroke and keeping skin healthy. And now there’s more reason to make sun protection part of your daily routine: a new study suggests that women can almost double their chances of having younger-looking skin in old age by wearing sunscreen whenever they leave the house.
Scientists at Procter & Gamble carried out a statistical analysis on more than 150,000 women – the majority of who were aged 60 or over – in order to assess what factors contribute to “exceptional skin ageing”. They found that 10,839 of the participants were often told that their skin looked 10 or more years younger than their age.
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It was suggested – perhaps surprisingly – that maintaining a youthful complexion had relatively little to do with diet, stress or genetic good fortune. While this conflicts with some previous research, it was noted that the most common practice shared by the women with younger-looking skin was wearing sun cream more than three quarters of the time. Speaking about the study’s findings, Dr Anjali Mahto, a consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, said:
“As much as 90% of the changes associated with ageing are a direct consequence of sun exposure and damage from UV light. It therefore makes sense to ensure the skin is protected with appropriate SPF to reduce the signs of premature ageing.”
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The habit of regular sun-cream application was linked to a 48 per cent higher chance of being identified as a “super-ager”. Additionally, those who claimed to apply some kind of sun protection at least 90 per cent of the time were 78 per cent more likely to be in the group.
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It is worth noting that while wearing daily sunscreen is a very good practice to maintain skin health, there are other habits you can adopt to minimise wrinkles and promote healthy skin, such as stopping smoking, staying hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet.
Limitations: It is important to note that this study was carried out by a cosmetic company.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK