Sunscreen: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream
"Most people legitimately are concerned about skin cancer, but sun
exposure often leads to aging of the skin," said Dr. John Wolf, chair
and professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
"I recommend using a daily application of a sunscreen with an SPF, or
sun protection factor of at least 15 to help counteract premature
Although individuals typically use sunscreen to prevent painful
sunburns, Wolf said damaged skin becomes thicker and darker. So
essentially, tanned skin is damaged skin.
Wolf also advises parents to make sure their children are protected
because 70 percent of sun damage happens before age 17. Former sun
worshipers should also use sunscreen to protect their skin from further
Tips for younger looking skin this summer include:
* Using sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
* Staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
* Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, especially when sweating.
"Many people assume that a tan will protect them in the sun and make
them healthier," said Wolf. "However, there is no such thing as a 'safe
tan.' Any amount of sunlight exposure is damaging."