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Slathering On Sunscreen Slows Skin Aging

New research shows there is now another reason for you to slather on sunscreen this summer.

A new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that a daily dose of sunscreen slows skin aging. Researchers tracked participants' for four years and determined that the people who used sunscreen daily showed 24 percent less skin aging than those who used sunscreen irregularly.

The anti-aging effect was seen in adults up to age 55.

"I think most dermatologists have been telling this to patients for many years, and we finally have proof. Ultraviolet light damages collagen in elastic tissue.  And that's what leads to lines, wrinkles, it also causes broken blood vessels and brown spots. So by using sunscreen, you're preventing this damage," said Dr. Joseph Newmark of Vestal.

Dr. Newmark recommends you put on a tablespoon of SPF 30 sunscreen on your face everyday and put an ounce of sunscreen on your body when it is exposed.


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