A few weeks ago, CBS News published an article that described how sunscreen can slow down the body’s aging process. We decided to dive deep into the subject and explore. Does wearing sunscreen delay aging?

It’s true! Applying sunscreen (Broad-spectrum sunscreens that are SPF 30 and higher), can effectively block UVA and UVB rays and protect your skin. According to the Australian researchers, sunscreens and antioxidants have long been touted to prevent skin aging, but no scientific evidence to date has shown they do. However, in this study, published online June 3, 903 people, aged 55 and younger were examined to see how regular sunscreen use worked and what was its effect on the skin. 

During the study, researchers also tested the anti-aging effects of beta-carotene — an antioxidant known as a carotenoid — supplements compared to placebo. Participants were randomly assigned to four groups: daily application of broad-spectrum sunscreen along with 30 milligrams of beta-carotene, daily sunscreen and placebo, discretionary sunscreen use plus beta carotene, and discretionary sunscreen with placebo. 

Researchers calculated the daily sunscreen group showed 24 per cent less skin aging than those in the discretionary group by study’s end. Most of those in the daily sunscreen group ended up using it at least three to four times per week. Sunscreen’s anti-aging properties were observed in all participants who used it daily, regardless of age, meaning adults up to 55 were also protected. Despite sun exposure, the sunscreen was also found to protect skin cancer (or it’s possible development). 

Sunscreen Delays Aging

No difference in skin aging was seen when comparing daily beta-carotene supplementation with placebo.

So the next time when you are wondering- does wearing sunscreen delay aging, he conclusion of the research was that whether you are young, middle-aged or old, using a sunscreen every day does not only keep you safe in the sun, but also delays the signs of aging. 

When choosing a sunscreen, be sure to check the sunscreen ingredients. Always go for an SPF of 15 or higher. Be sure to choose a broad-spectrum, natural sunscreen like the Sunshine On The Go sunscreens which you can check out here. If you have any questions for us, feel free to contact us here!