Truth or false: 80% of sun damage happens by the age of 18?
Common wisdom wants you to believe it’s true. By then, why is your skin so elastic at 18? I mean, if that were you true, wouldn’t your skin be a withered old prune by then?
Instead, the first fine lines don’t usually show up until your late ’20s, early ’30s. Unless you DID spend your entire childhood outdoors.
I grew up in sunny Italy and let me tell you, those warm summers didn’t do my skin any favours. In my mid ’20s, I already had to deal with crow’s feet. Ugh. Why didn’t anyone tell me to wear sunscreen back then?
But even then, the numbers don’t add up. Think about it: how can you get more sun damage in 18 years than you do in the rest of your life? You don’t.
According to recent research, only 23% of damage has been done by the time you turn 18. At 40, you’ve accumulated 46% of damage. That’s another 23%. From your 40s to your 60s, you accumulate another 27%. That’s the exact amount that occurs between the ages of 60 and 78 too. The total is 100%.
And when you’re even older? The study doesn’t say. It was based on a 78 year life span. But it does show that in two decades, we accumulate an average of 25% of sun damage, which increases slightly as get older.
Now, this makes a lot more sense, doesn’t it? It also means that you can never stop to use sunscreen, no matter how old you are. If the sun shines, slather it on, and then go out and enjoy yourself!
Do you wear sunscreen every day? Let me know in the comments below.
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