Think Sunscreen is Just For Sun Protection? Think Again

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM EDT

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Think Sunscreen is Just For Sun Protection? Think Again

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM EDT

Do you use sunscreen regularly? If so, you could be getting more than just protection from the sun.

According to a study from Australia published this week, researchers found that the skin of regular sunscreen users shows less again than that of those who don't use it regularly.

The report, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found:

Patients who were younger than 55 years were randomly assigned to a group asked to apply sun-protection factor 15+ sunscreen to their head, neck, arms, and hands each morning and after bathing, after spending more than a few hours in the sun, or after sweating heavily or to a group asked to use sunscreen at their discretion.

More participants assigned to daily sunscreen use reported applying sunscreen at least 3 to 4 days each week than did participants in the discretionary-use group. Those in the daily-use group were less likely to have increased skin aging after 4.5 years than were those in the discretionary-use group.

What the media is saying about the study

Los Angeles Times: New proof sunscreen fights aging -- but it's a major commitment

Wall Street Journal: Sunscreen Each Day Stops Wrinkles

WebMD: Daily Sunscreen Helps Middle-Aged Skin Stay Young: Study

Washington Post: Sunscreen is not just for the beach: Daily use can protect skin, study says

 

Watch this video from the FDA titled: How Sunscreen Works

 

Here's another video from the FDA titled Sunscreen: Stronger Rules, Better Protection