Wearing sunscreen daily is a must to lower your risk of developing skin cancer. But the type you choose and how to apply it makes a difference, too. Read on to ensure you're approaching sun protection the right way.
Go for broad protection. The label should say "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection." (Or just look for the new Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.) The reason: UVB rays cause you to burn and increase your risk of skin cancer, but UVA rays break down skin elasticity, which causes wrinkles and lines, says Albert M. Lefkovits, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Any sunscreen you buy should also have an SP F of at least 15-which means that you can theoretically stay out in the sun 15 times as long as you could without any protection before burning. (SP F 30 is even better.) Remember to reapply at least every two hours.
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