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
8. Wear a hat.
8. Wear a hat. So you've done everything right -- you're using the proper sunscreen and you've put it on perfectly -- and now you're wondering if a hat is pointless. Not at all. A hat with a brim that's more than 4 inches wide can reduce head and neck exposure to ultraviolet light by an impressive 70 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The best ones shield your ears and your neck as well as your face -- so bucket hats trump visors and baseball caps.
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