April 6, 2012 – If you love having a sun tan but hate wrinkles, you’ve got a problem. According to information from the American Academy of Dermatology, sun exposure causes about 90% of all skin aging, damage and wrinkles.
Sun exposure, specifically UVA and UVB light, causes the collagen to break down faster than it would normally. This causes more wrinkles to form over time. It can also cause dark spots, leathery skin and broken blood vessels. Prolonged sun exposure can damage and thin the top or epidermal skin layer. That damage can cause skin cancer to form.
If you love the sun, the best thing you can do for your skinis to use a good broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. And remember that broad spectrum means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
But we do have a word of warning for those of you who like to moisturize before putting on sunscreen and going outside. Some anti-oxidants in moisturizers can actually decrease the protection of sunscreen. So rather than us listing a bunch of ingredients that don’t work well together and you having to memorize them, as a general rule just don’t use moisturizers and sunscreen together.