Sunscreen is the new fountain of youth as some researchers concluded in Australia. Today, The Annals of Internal Medicine said, after four and a half years of investigation, that sunscreen, yes, the one that we normally use to avoid ultraviolet rays and prevent Cancer, is helping us to look younger.
Finding the Fountain of Youth has been an obsession for us for a long time, it goes back to Herodotus, the indigenous people of the Caribbean, the Alexander romance, etc.
The Fountain of Youth is a legend about a spring that restores the youth of anyone who drinks or baths in its waters. The legend became more popular in the 16th century, when it was attached to Juan Ponce de León, governor of Puerto Rico. European paintings show people who enter to the magical waters old and when they come out of it, they were rejuvenated, laughing, and dressing beautifully.
There are urban legends, beauty tips, and medical herbs that sometimes are a complete lie, but sometimes they are true, as this investigation shows in Australia…
The setting of the research was Nambour, Australia. There were 903 adults under 55 years. They were separated into four different groups:
1) Daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 15 +) and 30 mg of B-carotene;
2) Daily use of sunscreen and placebo.
3) Discretionary use of sunscreen and 30 mg of B-carotene.
4) Discretionary use of sunscreen and placebo.
The results showed the daily sunscreen group showed no detectable increase in skin aging after 4.5 years. Skin aging from baseline to the end of the trial was 24 % less in the daily sunscreen group than the discretionary sunscreen group. B-carotene supplementation had no overall effect on skin aging, although contrasting associations were seen in subgroups with different severity of aging at baseline.
The controlled tests concluded that sunscreen use retards skin aging in healthy, middle age men and women. Moreover, at the beginning of the study, 58 percent of participants had moderate photoaging, which dropped to 49 percent, showing that the photoaging decreased in some participants. However, for the companies that have said for a long time that B-carotene supplements stop aging these are not good news.
For a while the Sunscreen protection has been one of those beauty tips that you often hear from friends or from companies, which add value to their products by saying that through marketing campaigns. What this investigation shows us is that we can back it with science.
Some of us may rely in expensive creams every year to stay young, but with this information we might want to change our habits and change for the sunscreen option once and for all.
Sunscreen is not the mythical Fountain of youth, but what we know for sure is that it can help us to stop aging, if we have a healthy life style. The sunscreen is one of the multiple things that we have to do every day for our body. Our ancestors left us a valuable lesson with their wisdom, for them, as for us also, our body is what carry us everywhere and that´s why is not only about wrinkles, is about feeling good, is as simple as our body is our temple.
What are you going to do after hearing this?.
Use sunscreen everyday.
Use my regular beauty creams
Combine both (above)
Stop the B-carotene supplements
By: Oskar Guzman.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, Associated Press