We talked to a few sexy celebs and got the dish on bad behaviors they left behind and the sun-care brands they love now.
"I grew up in South Carolina, where we sunbathed all summer long. So I've done a lot of damage to my skin in the past, which makes me appreciate a great sunscreen now. I always have my Ahava SPF 50 sunscreen with me, which protects me from UVA and UVB rays. I love it!"
-Kristin Davis, spokesperson for Ahava
What does SPF really mean?
"I was one of those women who believed 'black don't crack'...until I fell asleep in the sun and got a sunburn. I took an aloe vera plant and cut it open and put it all over my body. Now I wear sunscreen every day, even if it's hazy."
Dark skin isn't cancer-proof.
"During summer break from college, I would lie out all day with baby oil on my skin and compete with my friends about who could get darkest! But now I know that skin cancer is a serious health concern. I personally love that Olay has so many products with SPF; it's great to be able to multitask in the morning and apply a product that not only moisturizes but also protects your skin."
-Kim Raver, spokesperson for Olay Skin Cancer Takes Friends, which encourages you and a friend to go together for a free skin-cancer screening. Find more information at skincancertakesfriends.com.
How dangerous are tanning beds?
"When I was a teenager, I got sun poisoning on my lip from sitting on a boat unprotected. It was not one of my best moments. Ever since then I've been really careful. If I want natural-looking color, I use Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer. My tanning days are over, and my glowing days are in."
-Rachel Bilson, spokesperson for Jergens' Glow in the Dark campaign, which donates $1 to the Skin Cancer Foundation for every pledge made to "tan" without the sun, at jergens.com.
Can you spot the signs of skin cancer?
"As a teenager in the U.K., I used to lie out on the roof with olive oil slathered over my body so I'd sizzle! I never lie out without a high protection factor anymore. I just took my sons skiing, and we all used Neutrogena's daily moisturizer, which has SPF 45 so it does both jobs at once - and none of us got chapped or burnt!"
-Natascha McElhone, Neutrogena Brand Ambassador
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"I was a tomboy growing up in England, climbing trees, building dams, playing with the boys. I never wore sunscreen - we didn't know about all that back then. I still love being in nature, and that means lots of sun and lots of sunscreen. I even use it on my hair to keep it conditioned."
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Did you have bad sun behaviors? How have you changed them?
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