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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.
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The FDA has mandated that, effective June 18, every sunscreen, as well as any makeup or moisturizer that contains it, must state its degree of SPF, its water-resistance (40 or 80 minutes), and whether or not it's broad-spectrum (meaning it provides both UVA and UVB protection). To get the most out of your bottle, Arielle Kauvar, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, suggests choosing one with an SPF of at least 30. Because sweat counts as water, use water-resistant sunscreen even when you're not hitting the pool.