We’ve known for ages how important sunscreen is for preventing sun damage and premature aging, but a growing body of research is revealing that sunscreen may actually help to reverse sun damage, too!
According to a study published in Dermatologic Surgery, those who applied sunscreen every day for a year not only showed no advancement in photoaging, but their skin also improved in a number of ways, revealing brighter skin with fewer lines, smoother texture and more even tone.
Scientists speculate that when the skin is constantly being damaged by UV exposure, it works overtime to repair it, which takes crucial energy away from skin cells to perform at their best. By protecting the skin from UV damage, sunscreen essentially frees skin cells to perform at their optimal level, keeping them healthy and vibrant.
Another effective tool for reversing sun-damaged skin is a photofacial at Skin Care Institute. Non-invasive Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacials penetrate deep within the skin to stimulate collagen production and renew damaged skin cells for radiant, younger-looking skin with diminished age spots, fine lines and smoother texture.
Now that summer is winding down, this new research is an important reminder that daily sunscreen application is essential year-round, not just at the beach!