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Sun Day School: Skin Cancer Protection Tips

How you apply sunscreen, the lifestyle choices you make, and even the foods you eat can determine how well your skin stands up to UV rays. To help boost your protection and reduce your risk of sunburn, wrinkles, and skin cancer, try these derm-approved moves.
Woman on the beach Double Up on Certain Spots

A shot glass's worth of sunscreen is enough to cover your whole body, but derms say you might want to add a second coat to your nose, lips, hands, and ears and the tops of your feet -- areas that tend to burn. "You won't be doubling the protection, but you may actually get the SPF listed on the bottle with two coats," says Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills. (Studies have shown that of those people who use sunblock, most apply only half the recommended amount.)