By now we are all well aware that being outside in too much sun causes wrinkles. Slap on at least factor 30 sunscreen before you read any further! Apparently some photo biologist researchers in France have shown that the sun’s rays, even through glass, can double the increase in skin ageing. They found that office workers who sat next to windows had significantly more wrinkles on the side of their face closest to the window. All you need to get an even tan would be a swivel chair and a second desk.
The researchers also studied car drivers and found that they had more signs of skin damage on one side of their faces. Perhaps the French should have two cars – one left-hand drive and one right-hand drive – then they can get an even tan.
Alternatively, at a time when the French have been contemplating banning the Burka, perhaps they should be requiring all French drivers and window-hugging office workers to wear Burka’s on grounds of health and safety.
Not to be outshone in the UK, some researchers at Lancaster University found that even on autumn days UVA radiation can lead to premature ageing of the skin. An eminent Professor or Photobiology said 90% of visible signs of ageing are due to the sun’s rays. It must have taken years of study in expensive beach locations in the Maldives and the Caribbean to figure that one out! Still it makes up for a good chat up line – “excuse me, do you mind if I stare at you in your bikini, I am a Photo Biologist?”
P.s. this research is published by Boots who happen to be introducing a new line in sun protection.