We’ve discussed the various factors that cause our skin to show signs of aging, so it only seems natural to talk about anti-aging sun protection since regular and prolonged sun exposure is the number one factor. It is widely agreed on between dermatologists that 90% of visible signs of aging are caused by the sun’s intense UV rays. In as little as fifteen minutes outside without protection, your skin can be burned and damaged by the sun. Fortunately, anti-aging sun protection practices are simple!
First, let’s break down the difference between UVA and UVB rays and how we can prevent them from harming our body’s protective layer. UVA rays are what cause your skin to tan and in turn develop sun spots, wrinkles, and a leathery texture. UVB rays are what cause your skin to burn and in turn, increase your risk of developing skin cancer. As you can see, both types of rays are harmful, and for this reason, it is vital that you use a sunscreen that is broad spectrum. The American Association of Dermatology recommends that you use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. If you have very fair or sensitive skin, you should opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 50. Anything higher than that doesn’t make much of a difference. The most effective way to reduce premature signs of aging is to protect your skin against those UVA and UVB sun rays.
At Parker Dentistry, we love MD SolarSciences and ColorScience sun protection products. Both brands make several high-quality, mineral-based sunscreens, anti-aging serums, concealers, bronzers, blushes, and moisturizers with at least SPF 30. Ask Honi or Ivonne to fill you in on our favorite anti-aging sun protection products.
Important anti-aging sun protection practices
Limit sun exposure between 10 AM and 2 PM
ALWAYS wear sunscreen, moisturizers, and cosmetic products with SPF 30 or higher
Don’t forget to protect your lips
Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating
Invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses
Wear a sun shirt, hat, and seek shade when spending time outdoors
Be careful when taking medications that increase sun sensitivity
Drink plenty of water