Oftentimes, aging skin equates to sun spots, wrinkles, and sagging — all of which are natural and don't necessarily need to be stopped. Still, if that's notwhat you want, then take heed before you go sunbathing: SPF for mature skin will help protect your skin all summer long, and beyond.
According to Dr. Keira Barr, a dual board-certified dermatologist of Resilient Health Institute in Washington, 90 percent of the visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and texture are attributed to ultraviolet (UV) exposure. “SPF should play a role in your daily skincare routine just like brushing your teeth. Consistent. Habitual. Rain or Shine,” she says. SPF protects from the harmful UVB rays which cause skin cancer, and also protects against the aforementioned UV rays which penetrate deep into the layers of your dermis — and all of this contributes to wrinkles and aging skin. Taking preventative measures to protect your complexion from both rays will help to keep your skin healthy, but only if SPF is consistent in your routine.
And while sunscreen is important for skin of all ages, mature skin may be more susceptible to the sun due to the natural decline in skin’s DNA repair and immune functions over time, Dr. Craig Kraffert, board-certified dermatologist and president of Amarte Skincare, explains. The skin also thins and becomes more delicate over time, resulting in increased susceptibility to further sun damage-induced functional decline. Adding protection to your skin will slow thinning and help it to withstand future damage.
If you have mature skin, selecting an SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) with a higher number is also important. The number indicates how long it would take you to burn. So if your skin burns in 15 minutes without sunscreen, for example, then you could stay in the sun for 450 minutes longer with an SPF 30 applied on your skin. An SPF 30 is actually what Dr. Jeaneen Chappell, a board-certified dermatologist based in Texas, notes. According to Dr. Chappell, very few people apply sunscreen in the manner in which it was tested in a laboratory — this is where the higher SPF actually makes a difference, she says.
Even though talk of sunscreen tends to heighten Dr. Naissan O. Wesley, M.D., FACMS and Arbonne Scientific Advisor says to add an SPF in morning before leaving the home, after topical moisturizers, but before makeup, and be sure to reapply the sunscreen after two hours.
Ahead, see 20 sunscreens specially for mature skin recommended by three derms.