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Is Sunscreen Really Effective for Preventing Wrinkles and Signs of Aging?

When it comes to skincare, the first thing dermatologists suggest is to start applying sunscreen regularly, as sunscreen plays a vital role in preventing skin from exposure to the sun. In some studies, it is proven that protection provided by sunscreen actually slows down the aging clock. Just how important sunscreen is in the skincare daily routine? Let’s find out.

Role of Sunscreen in Preventing Aging Signs

When the sunscreen is applied, it forms a layer on the skin that does not allow hazardous UV rays to encounter with skin, thus preventing skin from skin cancer, sunburns, and damaging collagen. Collagen is the elasticity of the skin and its damage can cause wrinkles. According to research in2019, 80% of facial wrinkles, dark spots, and loosened skin are caused by regular exposure to the sun. hence, it can be concluded, that sunscreen should be an essential part of the skincare routine.

What to Look for in Sunscreen?

It is recommended to opt for a broader spectrum with a minimum of 30 SPF sunscreen, as it provides protection against both dangerous UVB and UVA rays. There is a conflict among specialists about whether 30-SPF is enough or the user should go for 50-SPF, as 50 SPF filters out 98% of the sun’s rays, whereas SPF 30 filters out 96.5% of the sun’s is advisable to use 30-SPF for sensitive skin.

Some reports suggest applying mineral based suns screen rather than chemical-based sunscreen, as chemical base sunscreen including Octinoxate and Oxybenzone can harm the skin and does not effectively prevent skin from UVA, whereas mineral-based sunscreen with zinc oxide is better for sensitive skin and protects skin more efficiently against both long and short UVA rays which are responsible for causing wrinkles.

Also, it is highly enforced by dermatologists to apply sunscreen before makeup, even though your make contains SPF but it is not proven to be very effective. So to be on the safe side, sunscreen should definitely be applied before makeup.

What Other Measures Should be Taken for Complete Skin Protection?

To keep yourself fully protected from the sun, other than putting on sunscreen, you should carry an umbrella or look for any shaded area to use in the daytime. Also, put on completely covered clothes to reduce the body’s exposure to the sun’s rays. Wearing sunglasses is also a good idea to protect the sensitive underneath eye skin from UVA rays.

These are a few measures, which can provide maximum protection from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

When to Consult the Dermatologist about Signs of Aging?

Our skin is as important as other organs of the body, and similarly, dermatologists should be given equal importance as we give to any other doctor. Our skin just does not only represent the damage due to external factors, but it also represents a lot more about what is happening in the body. A dermatologist provides guidance on skincare and treatment to heal skin damage. So visits to a dermatologist should be often, especially after the age of 40 years, because women generally start aging after 40 years or near to their menopause.

Besides these, whenever you notice any differences in your skin, for example, pigmentation, bleeding, itching, and appearance of weird moles or pimples, and have a family history of skin cancer, then dermatologists’ attention should be sought immediately. As they might be representing some serious health issues.

Also, if you are looking for aesthetic treatments then you should consult a dermatologist, as a dermatologist can best guide you about which treatment will be most suitable to cover your crow’s feet marks, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Is Sunscreen Enough to Slow down Aging?

Sunscreen is vital but not sufficient enough to prevent aging. The aging process depends upon a number of other factors too, including genetics and lifestyle. It is advisable to drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and meditate to release stress to prevent early signs of aging and wrinkles. Also, it is suggested to quit smoking, alcohol, and caffeine, as it damages skin collagen, making it more prone to wrinkles and loosened skin.

Wrinkles and aging are an inevitable part of women’s life cycle and it cannot be completely escaped but through a religious skincare routine, regular use of sunscreen, and a healthy lifestyle, this process can be slowed down.

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