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The only anti-ageing secret you need to know ... sunscreen!

Tuesday 18 June, 2013 by Racheal Mendes

The never ending quest for beauty ... it is all around us. In the magazines and papers we read, on the television, in the cinemas. You can't escape the myriad of ads for the latest must-have wrinkle preventing cream or injectable treatment. An entire industry exists to eradicate the years and maintain that youthful complexion all promising fewer wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation and age spots. 

But all these latest and greatest beauty products and treatments come with a high price tag and dubious ‘proven results' to back them up.

Well ladies (and gentlemen!) ... Drum roll please! A new study has shown that the humble and inexpensive sunscreen guarantees results when it comes to waving those wrinkles bye bye!

There is now scientific evidence that sunscreen can make you look younger. A recent world first study conducted by the Queensland Institute of Medicine has shown that sunscreen use actually slows down the process of skin ageing, as well as preventing skin cancer. What this means is that sunscreen is helping keep your skin look younger, for longer!

The world-first study of 900 men and women aged between 25-55 years of age showed that after four and a half years, those that who applied sunscreen most days had no detectable ageing of the skin. What's more, the group had 24 per cent less skin ageing than people who used sunscreen only some of the time, if at all. Those who didn't use sunscreen showed severe photo ageing with deep coarse wrinkles.

While we are ecstatic about these results, more importantly using sunscreen when the UV is at damaging levels is proven to prevent skin cancer when used with clothing, hats, sunnies and shade.
Overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and other sources, such as solariums, is the major cause of skin cancer. Your skin remembers and records all the UV exposure you have ever received - all the sunburns, tans, solarium visits or just simple day-to-day time spent outdoors when you have not used sun protection. It all adds up and increases your long-term risk of skin cancer. But it's never too late for prevention whether you're 6, 16 or 60.

When the UV is above three, sun protection is required to prevent skin cancer (and ageing!). During winter months when UV is below three in the southern states, most people can go without the SPF to help with vitamin D levels. Download the free SunSmart app so you know when you do and don't need sun protection for your location.

If the risk of skin cancer doesn't convince you to take sun protection seriously maybe vanity will.

What do you think? Will this study make you more likely to use sun protection when the UV is above three?

For more information about sun protection and skin cancer visit sunsmart.com.au

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