Does Sunscreen Slow Aging?

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Whether or not sunscreen slows aging depends on a few key things. Find out if sunscreen slows aging with help from an expert on beauty and style in this free video clip. - Sponsor Content from L'Oreal

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Hi, I'm skin care expert Tracy O'Connor, and today we're going to talk about the benefits of wearing a sunscreen, and how it slows aging. So if you want to know whether or not sunscreen slows the aging process, just look at any exposed areas of your skin, whether it be your face or your forearms, in comparison to your bum. Usually the skin on unexposed areas is smooth, clear, free of sunspots and damage and wrinkles, whereas other parts that are exposed, such as our neck, our chest, our face, tend to show the signs of aging. On Eden, I'm going to demonstrate how to properly apply a sunscreen. We're going to use the Super Fluid UV Defense by Kiehl's. Okay, so this is a great sunscreen because it has UVA and UVB protection broad-spectrum, so it will protect against the aging rays, and also the burning rays. Now you can see that this is a really fluid, very very lightweight consistency, which I love, because it's great for everyday use. You can wear it under your makeup and it wont clog your pores, or create oiliness or greasiness, and that's what's important about a sunscreen, is you want to wear it everyday, so you want to sunscreen that's light, that's fluid, readily absorbs into the skin, that doesn't feel heavy under makeup, isn't going to make the makeup slide off throughout the day. And it's important to wear a sunscreen everyday. A lot of that incremental sun damage is caused just when we're walking to and from our car, or to and from the office. Now aging is caused generally in two different ways. Intrinsic aging, which is our genetic profile, so it's predetermined, and extrinsic aging, which we do have some control over. Things like the sun are big factors. So, the sun breaks down the collagen, and we have a reduction in elasticity, the volume in our skin we get over excess melanin production. Now when it comes to application, it's important to apply liberally. You want to apply in the morning, after your moisturizer, and you want to apply to any areas of the skin that are exposed. So you want to apply to your face, your neck, your chest, even the back of your hands. Now this has an SPF factor of 50, so it has a very high SPF, and it will be great for going to the beach, or everyday use. And sunscreens come in two different formulations, either a chemical, or a physical. And physical sunscreens reflect and deflect the sun's rays, where as chemical sunscreens absorb the rays and break them apart. This is a chemical-based sunblock, and it's proven by the FDA to be highly effective against UVA and UVB rays. And there you have it. That's how to choose a sunscreen. I'm Tracy O'Connor, thanks for watching.

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