Premature Aging and What Those New Lines Really Are
Premature aging, brown spots and wrinkles are caused by sun damage. The most common area on the skin to have sun damage is on the face. Moisturizers do not prevent wrinkles. Moisturizers plump up wrinkles with water so they are temporarily less noticeable. When the water evaporates, the wrinkles are back. Moisturizers will not prevent wrinkles. Some moisturizers claim to have “age defying properties,” this is likely due to the active ingredient listed on the label: sunscreen!
To prevent wrinkles, wear sunscreen every day, even when it is cloudy and rainy. But remember, all sunscreens do not protect your face ALL day. If you are like many people you might apply a moisturizer with SPF in the morning. This is likely a chemical sunscreen that will last 2-4 hours. So, if you apply it at 7:00am, you will have little or no sun-protection by 10:00am. To make this type of sunscreen effective you will need to re-apply it every 3-4 hours. A better sunscreen for daily use is a physical sunscreen: like a zinc & titanium based mineral powder or foundation. A physical sunscreen blocks the sun-rays as opposed to having a chemical reaction with the sun rays. A physical sunscreen will give you much longer protection.
Make a habit of putting on mineral powder or mineral foundation on your face every morning before you start your day so you are protected. You will know that your sunscreen routine is working (preventing sun damage) if you do not get any color on your face when you are in the daylight. If the skin on your face is lighter than the skin on your hands, arms and neck your sunscreen protection is working! Check yourself out and see if you are getting the best protection from premature aging and wrinkles!!