Joel Schlessinger MD comments on how sun exposure can cause signs of aging
Health News Digest discusses sun safety with Joel Schlessinger MD.
UV protection should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. While many people use a sunscreen to prevent burning and skin cancer at the beach, there are other benefits to using this product daily. Without sun protection, your complexion is susceptible to damage and signs of aging. An article on HealthNewsDigest.com features Joel Schlessinger MD and other experts as they discuss how UV damage leads to unhealthy skin.
Sunscreen is needed every day, explains Joel Schlessinger MD, even on cloudy days.
This article reveals that 90% of skin aging is caused by daily sun exposure. A common misconception is that you are not susceptible to UV damage on cloudy or overcast days. Studies demonstrate, however, that even when it is cloudy, up to 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays reach the complexion. According to the article, a survey reveals that 38% of Americans believe that sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days.
Joel Schlessinger MD explains how ultraviolet light affects the complexion.
“Sun causes aging by damaging DNA and collagen,” he says. “Tanning is the result of cellular damage, which leads to photoaging and eventually skin cancer.”
Joel Schlessinger MD offers advice on how to protect against signs of aging caused by the sun.
Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen daily is the most effective way to defend against damaging UV rays. Look for products that are made with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that feature an SPF 15 or higher.
Joel Schlessinger MD also stresses the importance of reapplying your protection product every two to three hours and more often if you are swimming or sweating. You should also try and avoid the sun during with hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the rays are more direct and intense.