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Understanding Sunscreens

By: Rebecca James Gadberry
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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• Protect children from sun exposure by applying sunscreen. Kids younger than six months old should be kept out of the sun.

• Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that includes supplements. Don’t seek it from the sun.

• Avoid tanning beds. UV light from both the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider applying a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

• Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing or bleeding, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

Q. Why don’t sunscreens block all UV rays?