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How Do Sunless Tanners Work?

In a recent study, Australian researchers found that that the use of year-round broad spectrum sunscreen significantly slows the skin’s aging. Australians experience a significant amount of sun exposure, so when research from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research found that there was an obvious difference between attentive use of sunscreen and typical sun protection routines, such as sunscreen at beaches and other outdoor events. The researchers split their group of 903 adults, ages 25 to 55, in half. One half were told to protect themselves with SPF broad spectrum sunscreen daily, and the other half were told to continue the same skin protection regimen they’ve been doing.

Casts were made of the participants at the start of the study and again four and a half years letter when the study was complete. The casts showed a significant change in the aging and wrinkle process. The adults that used sunscreen faithfully everyday were 24 percent less likely to show an increase in aging regardless of their age, sex, gender, heritage, smoking habits, and skin cancer history.

Researchers weren’t surprised by the findings, however now there is actual scientific evidence that can prove the importance of daily broad spectrum sunscreen application. Reapplying sunscreen often when outside for more than an hour is key to skin protection and wrinkle prevention.

Instead of getting burned and aging out too early, protect yourself with broad spectrum sunscreen. Dr. Rokhsar suggests using at least SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen. Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both harmful UVA and UVB rays.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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