With our sunniest months ahead of us in Texas, ultraviolet exposure is at an all time high. We are exposed to it on our way to work in the car, on a walk in the park, and especially at the beach. Exposure without protection increases the risk of skin cancer exponentially.The UV rays can also damage our skin and cause it to form wrinkles. Recent studies show that applying sunscreen daily can be more motivating than just reducing the risk of skin cancer; applying sunscreen daily also slows aging. A study conducted in Australia tracked a sample of 900 people under 55. It compared a group that was instructed to apply sunscreen daily on their hands to the other group that was instructed to apply sunscreen to their hands as they deemed it necessary. Participants had casts made on their hands to measure fine wrinkles to measure sun-induced aging. After 4 1/2 years, the results showed that those who religiously applied sunscreen on their hands had fewer wrinkles (24% less skin aging) than those who applied sunscreen every so often.
Dermatologists strongly recommend applying a facial moisturizer with at least SPF 15 to reduce the risk of skin cancer and hinder aging.