Study: Sunscreen Reverses Signs of Aging

Study: Sunscreen Reverses Signs of Aging

The main purpose of sunscreen is to protect the skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to skin damage in form of sunburns, sun spots, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. A recent study has found that daily use of sunscreen can not only prevent but also reverse sun damage and signs of aging. In this blog post, New York plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach breaks down the findings of the study. He also shares some must-know tips on sunscreen use.

About the Study

In a study sponsored by Johnson & Johnson’s Skin Research Center, a team of researchers looked at data from a group of women who applied moisturizer with SPF 30 daily. The moisturizer was composed of only hydration and sun protection ingredients and contained no known anti-aging ingredients. Based on scientific measurements of the skin that were taken on the first day and throughout the year, researchers found there was a significant improvement in signs of aging. In particular, researchers noticed a 40 to 52 percent improvement in sun spots, skin texture and skin clarity.

Researchers believe that daily use of sunscreen allows the skin to repair itself and prevent further skin damage. As they point out, these findings were based on daily use of sunscreen. For best results, Dr. Barach recommends patients wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily, including during cloudy weather. The sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds so sun protection year round is essential.

Sunscreen Tips

  • Apply an ounce (approximately the size of a shot glass) of sunscreen on all exposed areas of your body, including the hands and neck.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or as instructed on your sunscreen bottle.
  • Throw out sunscreen after three years.
  • Keep your lips healthy and beautiful by applying a lip balm with SPF 15.
  • Protect your scalp by spraying sunscreen on your hair part or wearing a hat.

If you are interested in facial rejuvenation treatment or skin treatment to treat common signs of aging, schedule a consultation with Dr. Barach. Please contact his New York plastic surgery practice by calling (518) 346-3125 today.