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
Sun-Proof Your Body with Dietary Supplements
The hottest development in skin cancer prevention is a new dietary supplement that makes your skin less susceptible to the sun by mopping up free radicals -- molecules that collide with cells, causing premature aging and DNA damage that leads to cancer. The pill, called Heliocare, is made from natural antioxidants -- beta-carotene, along with extracts from a tropical fern and green tea. It hasn't been extensively tested yet in the United States, but Heliocare has been available in Europe for about 30 years. The dermatologists FITNESS spoke to were cautiously optimistic about its potential. "In small U.S. trials, Heliocare seems to be an effective way to protect your skin against UVA light," says Dr. Cordoro. "I wouldn't go out and buy it just yet, but I would stay tuned."
If you decide to try it, you'll need to swallow your first pill at least half an hour before going out the door -- and Dr. Weinkle advises taking another dose every two to three hours while you're outside. What's more, the manufacturer recommends that it be used in combination with sunscreen and other protective measures -- not as your only defense. Heliocare is available in major pharmacies, as well as at select dermatologists. For more information on where to buy, log on to heliocare.com.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2007.
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