Anti-aging treatments range from weird to intense and usually don’t come cheap. But what if we told you that sunscreen (yes, a product you can buy at the drugstore) is an effective anti-aging formula?
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According to a new study in the journal Dermatologic Surgery, sunscreen can reverse signs of photoaging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. OK, so that’s not something we didn’t totally know already, but the specific findings from this study are truly amazing. Out of the participants who used a moisturizer with SPF 30 for one year, 52% saw improvement in sun spots, 41% in skin clarity and 40% in skin texture. Now, here’s the catch. The daily moisturizer used only has ingredients to help with hydration and sun protection, not anti-aging. So HOW did it do it??
Steven Wang, a dermatologist who led the study, has a theory. “The most plausible answer has to do with skin’s innate regenerative properties. We know that skin turns over every 28 days. By preventing the continual accumulation of more and more damage, we allow the skin to heal on its own,” he explains. So the key here is that your one-time anti-aging treatments aren’t doing sh*t. You need to be applying SPF 30 every day to keep your skin looking young.