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It is well known that sunscreen helps protect our skin from sun damage and skin cancer, but now there’s another reason to slather on your SPF 30 everyday: younger looking skin. A new Australian study suggests that using sunscreen can slow skin aging, even in your middle years. After 4 ½ years, scientists looked at two comparison groups; one that applied sunscreen daily and another that used sunscreen when they felt they needed it. Researchers found those who put on sunscreen more frequently were 24 percent less likely to show signs of increased aging than those who used it only occasionally. The scientists also found that those with moderate skin aging benefited from sunscreen use. These meaningful cosmetic benefits, in addition to skin cancer prevention, may encourage more people to make daily sunscreen use a habit.

Read the full LA Times article.