The best anti-aging skin hack of all time? sunscreen.
There is an endless amount of elaborate beauty routines fed to women with the promise of prolonged youthfulness, reduced signs of aging, and reduced cellular damage.
Plenty of them may work, but for a lot of us, they can be confusing, expensive, and time-consuming. So, I’m here to let you in on one of the best (and simplest!) anti-aging hacks of all time… SUNSCREEN.
Sunscreen. It’s so simple! You maybe even have some questions, like:
- “Does it reduce vitamin D absorption?”
- “Does it truly have a long-term anti-aging effect?”
- “What difference does it make if I use it?”
- “Isn’t it bad for the environment?”
- “Which is the least toxic sunscreen to buy?
I’d like to answer all your *burning* questions (excuse the pun) about sunscreen and all the goodness a simple layer can provide.
How does sunscreen work?
UV light from the sun penetrates our skin, and too much of it has the ability to reach far deeper than the outer layer, leading to sunburn and sun damage.
The job of sunscreen is to act as a barrier for our skin. It reflects this UV light, reducing sun damage and preventing sunburn. It also fights against skin cancers and premature aging caused by excessive exposure to damaging rays.
I recommend reaching for a product with a minimum of 4 star UVA rating (out of 5).
Does it *really* help with anti-aging?
Yes! And there’s evidence to back it up.
A placebo-controlled study involving 900 participants was conducted and assessed over a four-year period. Those who applied a basic layer of sunscreen were 24% less likely to
So, not only is sunscreen an effective barrier against sunburn and cancers, it can slow the aging process!
So why all the fuss about anti-aging?
As a health coach and a promoter of aging well, my philosophy is all about balance.
Beauty exists at every age, and I want to encourage women to dispel the myth that beauty = youthfulness.
But, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of our skin and our body as it carries us through life! I want to empower women to be proud and confident in their bodies, and self-care is a wonderfully enriching way of practicing that.
If you’d like to dive a little more into a different view on beauty, and how to appreciate it as you move through life, I recently guest authored an article on collateral beauty and posted a discussion on women and botox (juicy).
Does sunscreen Block Vitamin D Production?
The production of vitamin D is reliant on UVB light, which is the same UV light that sunscreen blocks. Therefore, technically, sunscreen reduces the ability of the body to produce vitamin D.
HOWEVER, it’s not enough for you to avoid reaching for sunscreen before you head out! Studies have shown that even those who apply high SPF to their skin every day, produce a sufficient amount of Vitamin D. Results on a group of 113 participants demonstrated that vitamin D levels between those using a placebo cream and those using SPF 30 sunscreen showed a negligible difference.
Vitamin D metabolism and absorption depend on genetics and diet in addition to how much sunlight one is getting.
Sufficient sunlight should provide enough vitamin D, with or without sunscreen. Opt for with sunscreen because of the protection!
Is it bad for the environment?
Unfortunately, it can be.
Scientists have estimated that around 14,000 tons of sunscreen end up in oceans worldwide every year, damaging the marine environment.
For this reason, it is best to opt for eco-friendly sunscreens.
Try to avoid brands that may contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate (ingredients that damage coral DNA and threaten coral reproduction), and reach for a mineral sunscreen instead.
To make things a little easier for you here is a helpful table of what you should and shouldn’t be looking for in your sunscreen.
What SPF should I buy?
For day-to-day use, it is best to choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30+, however, if you spend a lot of your time outdoors, go for SPF 50+ protection to make sure you’re adequately protected.
All in all, sunscreen is a safe and effective anti-aging and skin-protecting cream with numerous benefits to people of any age. It ensures your safety while you’re out enjoying the wonderful sunshine, all the while slowing down the aging process. Buy a good eco-friendly sunscreen today!