Looking for a product that would prevent sagging, wrinkles and unwanted skin spots? According to recent studies, that magic product actually exists and it has been under women’s noses all along. It was identified last year as sunscreen. This is according to the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal. One dermatologist compared the preventive effects of over the counter ingredients such as antioxidants, hyaluronic acid in night creams and skin-lightening hydroquinone serums. The results showed that sunscreen is actually the most biologically active anti-aging ingredient in skin-care. Nonetheless, most people may shy away from using sunscreen because it is stereotyped as oily and too fragrant. Despite of deflecting harmful UV rays, the sunscreen is often viewed negatively by many.
Sunscreens are made of chemical sun filters such as avobenzone or Parsol 1789 and oxynezone that soak into the skin. It absorbs the sun’s rays before its does much damage. On the other hand, there are also physical sunblocks like that of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide that stays on the surface and deflects most of the UV radiation. Many sunscreens have the combination of those ingredients and they work well with antioxidants. This will prevent free-radical damage, which is often caused by the sunrays that penetrate the skin. Therefore, it is by far one of the best makeup products these days. Based on the statement of the Los Angeles based dermatologist Jessica Wu, antioxidants prevents the damages on the skin cells as well as the breakdown of collagen. Coffee and sunblocks are great combination for skin protection. This peculiar combo works pretty well since the caffeine in coffee, which most people drink forces the damaged cells to destruct and leaves healthy cells. This information came from a research at the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
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A single application of sunscreen is not enough. It should be done repetitively to ensure that the skin is well coated with the product. For those who love to swim, one bad news is that some sunscreen products do not work well with water. It is then best to look for products like that of Johnson & Johnson’s Aveeno Hydrosport sunblock spray, which reverses the process and uses water to bind the product into the skin.