• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG

How Regular Use of Sunscreen Can Prevent Wrinkles


Based on a study conducted by Australian researchers, regular use of sunscreen protects the skin from photoaging – the hyperpigmentation, wrinkling and loss of elasticity due to exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. Although this may not be surprising, it is the first study to quantify the anti-aging properties of sunscreen.

Over 900 participants were followed for four years. They were told to use sunscreen every day and instructed on its proper usage, including reapplication after being exposed for few hours, after sweating heavily or after going in the water. The changes on the skin were measure through microtopography, a technique in which researchers do silicone impressions at the back of every subject’s hand. Skin surface pattern reflect the degree of sun’s damage to the deeper skin, particularly to the collagen and elastic fibers.

After the four-year period, damage was determined, on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 signifying skin with severe aging and 1 meaning no damage. Participants were assessed and given a score at the beginning and another one at the end. The result us that those who used sunscreen every day were 24 percent less likely to show an increase in the signs of photoaging. Because of the research, there is a now a scientific evidence to support the cosmetic value of sunscreen. Regular use of sunscreen by the young adults to those under 55 offer cosmetic benefits and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Sun damage comes in different types. UV B radiation is the leading cause of most skin cancers and sunburns, while photoaging is primarily caused by UV A radiation, robbing the skin its natural ability to retain it shape. It also causes freckles and liver spots.

What Type of Sunscreen Should I Use?

The answer will depend on the amount of sun exposure you are anticipating. However, we recommend a broad-spectrum product that provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. Many lotions and moisturizers contain sunscreen, often SPF 15 or more, and this is enough for everyday activities with only few minutes under the sun. But if you are working outside or need to spend most of your time outside, you need water-resistant, stronger type that can sustain for several hours.

The water-resistant types are also preferable during hot days when you sweat a lot or while playing sports, since they’re less likely to drip into your eyes when sweating. Most of the sun protection products available today combine a variety of active chemical sun protection ingredients to give broad-spectrum protection.

How Much Sunscreen Should I Use?

To enjoy the full benefits of a sunscreen, you have to apply 1 ounce or about a shot glass full of sunscreen. If you are having a long day at the beach, use around one half to a quarter of an 8 ounce bottle. This must be applied 30 minutes before going outside to let the ingredient completely bind to the skin.

Reapply the same amount every two hours. This is as important as applying it on in the first place. Sunscreens must be reapplied after swimming, sweating or toweling off.

The Benefits of Wrinkle reduction treatment for Oily Skin

Wrinkle reduction treatment for oily skin

Pores are vital for keeping the skin hydrated and soft. But when pores become overly large, they can produce more sebum, look uneven and rough and can be unflattering. Even applying makeup can be hard.

Oily skin is thick, shiny and dull-looking. Usually, a chronically oily skin exhibits coarse pores, often has acne and other unpleasant blemishes. It is prone to blackheads and comedones. In this skin type, the oil-producing sebaceous glands are overactive, producing more oil than what’s needed. The oil oozes on the skin surface, giving that embarrassing greasy appearance.

Oily skin clogs pores, ruins makeup and is a pain to deal with.

Using Wrinkle reduction treatment for Oily Skin

The good news is, Wrinkle reduction treatment can be used to control the production of skin oils. Called as ‘intradermal Wrinkle reduction treatment ’, this latest technique can reduce skin oil production by targeting the pores – the key to oil production. When the pore size is reduced, the surface area of the skin is reduced and tightened, creating a lift effect.

The science behind Intradermal Wrinkle reduction treatment is that it targets the muscles that control pore size – the erector pili muscle as well as the oil glands. When applied with Wrinkle reduction treatment , the pore size will reduce in size, and hence lessen oil production.

Intradermal Wrinkle reduction treatment therapy is also popular for reducing sweat production, shrinking pore size and even reduce the appearance of acne marks. Facial lines in areas thought before to be off-limits to Wrinkle reduction treatment such as below the eyes can now be treated with Wrinkle reduction treatment for a softer look.

How Is It Done

Wrinkle reduction treatment facial uses a tiny amount of Wrinkle reduction treatment diluted to a solution and then injected to the face using a micro-needling pen. The Wrinkle reduction treatment isn’t injected deep so you will not experience the same ‘wrinkle-smoothing’ effect of Wrinkle reduction treatment . Far fewer units are also used compared to a regular Wrinkle reduction treatment wrinkle treatment.

The treatment works by focusing on the oil and sweat glands of the skin as well as the erector pili muscles. By targeting the glands and these tiny muscles, your skin will feel smoother, tighter and less shiny.
Although there is no assurance that it will work for everyone, Wrinkle reduction treatment can possibly prevent acne and blemishes by quelling oil production.

The results can be noticed even after 5 to 7 days after the procedure while the effect can be seen after 3 to 4 months. The treatment is very easy and does not need numbing. There is zero downtime, with a very slight redness of the skin. Because the procedure uses micro-needling pen, you’ll get the amazing benefits of a micro needling procedure such as smoother, more even skin.