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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 Sit in the Shade

Time in the sun can give you more than a burn; it may lead to a dreaded summer cold by suppressing your immune system, says Leslie Baumann, MD, a dermatologist in Miami. To protect yourself, seek shade and wear SPF daily. Too late? Boost your intake of vitamin C -- nosh on citrus fruits, strawberries, and peppers -- and use creams that contain the nutrient. "Studies show that vitamin C helps your immune system work better, and it's a powerful antioxidant that will neutralize free radical damage," Dr. Baumann says.