It’s no secret that taking care of your skin is a no brainer and a good skin care routine will pay dividends as you age. While wanting to look healthy, there is also the bonus of helping to prevent the effects of ageing.
We would like to think that you lads, at a bare minimum, are using a face moisturiser. For our more "metro" gents/lads this might even include an eye moisturiser. However, there is another aspect to your routine that you should be making sure is included.
SPF protection, commonly known as Sunscreen. A recent study published in the American College of Physicians’ is the first research in humans to show conclusively that sunscreen can help prevent photoaging – premature ageing caused by the sun. Although there has been significant indirect evidence suggesting that sunscreen has anti-aging benefits, this study is the first clinical human trial to show it directly.
So what’s causing the damage then? The sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) radiation that is divided into categories based on the wavelength. Both UVA and UVB radiation rays from the sun cause more than 90 percent of the visible signs of ageing, which include wrinkles, rough patches, sagging, and skin discoloration.
The plan of attack: Daily use of a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher will go a long way in preventing and reducing the damage caused by the sun. Using an active face moisturiser that includes a broad spectrum sunscreen protection is the easiest way to keep the routine going.
Apply in the morning before you get into your day and re-apply a couple of times over the course of your day. If you are doing physical activity and find yourself sweating, make sure you re-apply more often throughout the day. Beware, harmful UVA & UVB rays cause damage on cloudy days or while you are in the shade, so try to keep a stable routine, regardless of the weather conditions.
So gents, in addition to preventing skin cancer, sunscreen is proven to prevent signs of ageing with frequent use.
Maintenance is the key in your daily skin care regime. Don’t let your skin turn into something similar to a leather baseball mitt before taking action. Stay on top of things and your future self will thank you in a few years when your skin is wrinkle-free.