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Protect Your Skin from the Outside In

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Dermatologists agree that protecting your from sunlight is the first line of defense against skin and skin cancers, so be smart about working and playing in the . Follow these skin-saving guidelines this summer:

1. Make sure your includes UVA protective ingredients. According to cosmetic expert Paula Begoun, author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me (Beginning Press 2007, 7th Edition.), you should look for a sunscreen that contains one or more of the following UVA protective substances: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, oxide, Mexory SX or Tinsorb.

2. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. This is the recommendation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Keep in mind, however, that no matter how high an SPF rating a product is given, none completely blocks harmful rays.

3. Replace sunscreen at least every two hours, more if you’re sweating or getting wet.

4. Wear a wide brim hat. Tightly woven clothing can also provide a good shield against a good portion of the UV radiation emitted by the sun.

5. Protect your eyes from cataracts and other eye damage by wearing sunglasses with ratings for both UVA and UVB protection between 99% and 100%.

6. Seek shade between 10 am and 2 pm, whenever possible. This is when the sun’s rays are the most potent.

QUICK TIP: It’s also important to protect your skin from the inside out! Learn More

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2 responses to “Protect Your Skin from the Outside In”

  1. […] years, conventional medical wisdom had it that best way to prevent skin cancer was to avoid exposing your skin to the sun as much as possible, and to slather yourself with sunscreen whenever you should plan to spend time […]

  2. […] years, conventional medical wisdom had it that the best way to prevent skin cancer was to avoid exposing your skin to the sun as much as possible, and to slather yourself with sunscreen whenever you should plan to spend time […]