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
9. Wear clothes with built-in protection.
9. Wear clothes with built-in protection. All the dermatologists we spoke to raved about clothing that's specially made to provide sun protection. "It's well worth the money," says Dr. Adams, whose kids wear sun-protective bathing suits. The clothes are effective for one of two reasons: Either they're made of tightly woven fibers or the fabric has been treated with a sun-blocking chemical. Companies that sell them include Lands' End, Reebok, Nike, The North Face, and Under Armour.
Dr. Weinkle also loves a new laundry product that allows you to sun-proof your favorite clothes simply by washing them in a special solution. That's great news, because an untreated white T-shirt has an SPF of only 7 -- and when it gets wet, it drops to 3, she points out. Try SunGuard, which you can buy online at sunguardsunprotection.com.
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