10 Smart Ways to Lower Your Skin Cancer Risk
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- 1. Stop trying to get a "healthy" tan from the sun.
- 2. Know when to stay out of the sun completely.
- 3. Learn the truth about UVA and UVB rays.
- 4. Know the limits of your SPF.
- 5. Try the new-and-improved sun-protection ingredients.
- 6. Remember when to apply -- and reapply -- sunscreen.
- 7. Figure out how much sunscreen you need.
- 8. Wear a hat.
- 9. Wear clothes with built-in protection.
- 10. Use Retin-A to repair sun damage.
- Sun-Proof Your Body with Dietary Supplements
10. Use Retin-A to repair sun damage.
10. Use Retin-A to repair sun damage. If the sun has already wreaked some havoc on your skin, there's one thing that can help: prescription Retin-A. Sure, you know it's great for smoothing out fine lines and reducing sun spots, but what you probably don't know is that it also reduces the likelihood that you'll get skin cancer. Bonus! "Retin-A helps reverse ultraviolet damage to the skin," says Dr. Weinkle. "Most of the products on the market made with retinol, its nonprescription sister, are good too, though not as potent or effective as Retin-A." If you don't want to schedule an appointment with the dermatologist, Dr. Cordoro has some good advice on what to look for at the drugstore: "Find something that lists retinol or retinoic acid as one of the active ingredients."
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