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According to numerous health studies on aging, statistics show that UV rays account for up to 80 percent of skin aging. The sun is responsible for damaged skin cells, sagging and hardened skin and wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Studies also show that every two percent of skin damage ages your skin by three years.

Although other factors like gravity, pollution, diet, rest, illness, stress, tobacco and alcohol can change the structure and appearance of your skin, it’s been proven that long-term UV exposure leads to pigmentation problems, less skin elasticity, degrading skin texture, and yellowing of the skin. Unlike natural aging factors, skin damage from sun exposure can be prevented. Simple steps to avoid excessive exposure, use a good sunscreen, and take an anti-aging supplement can greatly reduce the effects of sun damage on your skin.

Dermatology studies show that the effect of UV exposure also increases with age. In women over the age of 50, significant differences were noticed in skin texture and the amount of wrinkles. In all studies, sun-lovers over age 50 showed skin damage and looked older than their real age. For women who had used no sunscreens or preventive measures of any kind in the sun, deeper cell damage and even skin cancers were found.

The best thing you can do for your skin is stay out of the sun, but if you can’t, protect your face with a large brim hat, use at least a 30 SPF sunscreen, and keep your skin hydrated to help protect against sun damage and premature aging.