If you still don't apply (and reapply!) sunscreen day in and day out, this new study gives you a very good reason to do so.
A recent study conducted by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and published in Dermatologic Surgery has discovered that sunscreen doesn’t just prevent wrinkles and damage—it could also diminish their appearance. 32 participants were asked to apply broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen to their faces every day for a whole year. After 52 weeks, researchers concluded that the subjects’ complexion vastly improved. Their skin texture and clarity got better, and pigmentation lightened and evened out, simply from relying on sunscreen alone.
Just how did sunscreen do this? According to California dermatologist Annie Chiu, “skin cells have natural repair mechanisms to reverse photodamage.” The daily use of sunscreen prompted the skin’s “natural reparative systems to function optimally, thus reversing some signs of photoaging,” she explained.
There you have it, CGs. A forcible reminder to add a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your skincare routine—and use it generously!
Source: Town & Country