A new study reveals that daily usage of Sunscreen not only prevents skin cancer, but also combats wrinkles for younger looking skin.
A Melbourne based study by researchers from Queensland Institute of Medical Research has found that using broad spectrum sunscreen has several benefits.
It not only slows down ageing of the skin, but also helps prevent skin cancer.
A first of its kind global study of 900 young and middle aged men and women, showed that after four and a half years, those who had been using Sunscreen had no detectable ageing of the skin.
Interestingly, they also had 24 per cent less skin ageing, compared to those who used Sunscreen on a non regular basis.
Led by QIMR’s Professor Adele Green, along with the investigators at the University of The University of Queensland’s School of Population Health, Green said, “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.”
“And the study has shown that up to middle age, it’s not too late to make a difference, she added.
Half of the participants of the research used SPF+15 Sunscreen on their face, arms and hands while the latter used it in their own way.
Silicone impressions were later taken from the backs of all participants’ hands at the start and end of the trial to rate the damage over the four and a half years of the study.
To ensure that photo-ageing rather than chronological ageing, was a major factor in skin changes, it was ensured that all participants were aged under 55.
“…of course, along with seeking shade and wearing clothing cover, sunscreen is a mainstay of sun protection.
It prevents sunburn in the short-term and skin cancer in the long-term,” Green said.
This study also tested the theory that beta-carotene supplements can prevent skin ageing.
Green, did not completely deny its usage, “Our findings suggest that beta-carotene supplements do not influence skin ageing, although we can’t rule out the possibility of a small difference for better or worse.
There would need to be further study into beta-carotene to rule out benefit or harm.”