7 New Ways to Protect Your Skin from the Sun
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- Everyday Skin Protection
- For Increased Cancer Risks
- More Ways to Shield Your Skin
- An Update from the American Academy of Dermatology
More Ways to Shield Your Skin5. Check out UPF clothing -- it's so stylish you'll want to wear it.
There was a time when UPF clothes were better suited for a park ranger than a beach babe (think baggy T-shirts, khaki shorts, goofy hats). But new designs are a yes for the beach, a barbecue, or shopping.
Protection suggestion: Sport a sexy tank dress or snug-fitting surfer tee from athleta.com, a glam ribbon crusher available at alexandme.com, or a feminine, hippie-print hat from cabanalife.com.
Something we'd never heard before: Lipstick and gloss may increase your risk of lip cancer. "The metallic particles in some frosted lipsticks and the shiny finish from lip gloss act like a mirror and can reflect sunlight onto lips," explains Dr. Halpern. Typically, cancers occur on the vermillion, the skin-toned ridge that outlines your mouth.
Protection suggestion: Smooth your face sunscreen onto that bare edge, or swipe a plain SPF lip balm such as Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 SPF 15 ($8.50, kiehls.com) over it before applying lipstick or gloss.
Sure, hair is made of nonliving cells that technically don't need sun protection, but the skin under your hair may be getting more exposure than you think. "Pre-cancers along the hairline are common, and they happen because we skip sunscreen along the roots," says Dr. Fusco.
Protect yourself: Rub sunscreen onto your part, or try a light spray made for the body and scalp, such as Banana Boat Quik Dri Sport Body & Scalp SPF 30 ($8.99, drugstores), a broad-spectrum sunscreen that sprays on and dries instantly on your skin or hair.
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