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Just How Much Does The Sun Age Your Skin?

Updated: Oct 27, 2018

Sun exposure is responsible for most of the visible aging of your skin—far more than all other factors combined. Yes, UV rays from the sun are the primary cause of wrinkles, pigmentation, sun spots, reduced skin elasticity, the degradation of skin texture, and many other signs of skin aging. In fact, many scientific estimates have shown that up to 80-90% of how young or old you look for your age is due to how much sun exposure you’ve sustained.

1. Sun Exposure May Cause Up To 90% Of The Visible Changes Attributed To Aging

2. UV Exposure Seems To Be Responsible For 80% Of Visible Facial Aging Signs

3. Identical Twins With Significant Differences In Sun Exposure Have A Perceived Age Difference Of Over 11 Years

4. Sun Damage Affects All Layers Of Your Skin

5. Cumulative Sun Exposure Is The Most Significant Controllable Factor In Skin Aging

6. Facial Sun Damage Is Significantly Correlated With How Old Women Look For Their Age

7. Repeated UVA Exposure Through A Glass Window Causes Photoaging

8. Your Wrinkle Number May Be A Good Marker Of Total Sun Exposure In Life

9. Your Number Of Wrinkles Is Significantly Related To Your Total Hours Of Lifetime Sun Exposure

10. Women With Lower Levels Of Sun Exposure Look 8-16 Years Younger Than Those With Higher Levels Of Sun Exposure

11. Repetitive Exposure To Solar UVR (Ultraviolet Radiation) Is Among The Principal Environmental Factors That Hastens The Aging Process Of Your Skin

While melanin and enzymatic antioxidants serve as endogenous defence of the skin against UVR, accumulative exposure to UVR can overwhelm the skin’s defence mechanism. Exogenous and dietary antioxidants such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E (α-tocopherol), beta-carotenes, and different phytochemicals, particularly polyphenols derived from plants-based food and beverages, as well as herbal products that play a crucial role in maintaining redox homeostasis and antioxidant intervention, are thus proposed as being useful in delaying skin photo aging and helping to prevent skin cancer.”

It’s obvious the sun damages your skin more than any other factor. So there is one natural conclusion from this research: don’t spend too much time in the sun if you don’t want to overly age your skin. While that may or may not be realistic, you can spend less time in the sun. And protect yourself when you are in the sun–especially since the UV radiation that reaches us only seems to be increasing, and the nutrients we get in food that help protect us from UV exposure keep decreasing. You can also use an anti-aging pill that provides certain antioxidants from foods and plants proven to help protect your skin (and eyes) from sun damage. Even small changes in your habits over time can have a beneficial effect.



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