Dr. Ruth Treiber of Ruth Treiber Dermatology has made it a habit of advising her patients to wear sunscreen in the sunny summer months. Despite the constant warnings from doctors, advertisements and even your mother back in grade school, many are still unaware of all the benefits of sunscreen. The basic reason we wear sunscreen is to, obviously, protect us from the sun and its harmful rays. These rays are emanating from the sun millions of light-years away. Despite the distance, the sun is still an extremely large ball of fire, and radioactive, cancer-causing rays shoot out from in without warning. By wearing sun screen, we not only help to prevent skin cancer but create a force-field around our skin.
Some of the worst symptoms patients suffer from at Ruth Treiber Dermatology are all caused by the sun and sun exposure. The sun’s rays often cause photoaging – the premature aging from heavy sun exposure, common symptoms include wrinkles, sun spots, fine lines, and facial depressions. In recent studies, individuals who wore sunscreen every day during the sunny summer months, were over 25% less likely to exhibit any signs of skin aging, than those who didn’t. We were able to find that 1 in every 4 men and women who use sunscreen daily, into their mid-to-late 60’s, showed extremely limited signs of photoaging or aging at all! While those individuals who didn’t are far more likely to suffer from wrinkles, dark sun spots, facial volume loss, and much more severe symptoms. Dr. Ruth Treiber and her staff have found this to be true of more than half of their elderly patients as well.
As a result of this study, daily sunscreen use is something we should all be practicing. Not only does it protect us from direct sun exposure at amusement parks and beaches but it can also help shield us from indirect exposure to the sun’s rays as well, preventing the signs of aging as the years go by.