Sun Screening Yourself: 7 Smart Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Photo by: Lizzie Heiselt
Wear Sunscreen
Yes, it's obvious, out there, and possibly even overstated - to the point that we don't even hear it any more. It's also, perhaps, the most annoying method of ... more 
Photo by: Lizzie Heiselt
Wear Sunscreen
Yes, it's obvious, out there, and possibly even overstated - to the point that we don't even hear it any more. It's also, perhaps, the most annoying method of skin-cancer prevention, especially if you have kids. (Don't believe me? Check out this slideshow from the New York Times of kids getting slathered in the stuff.) But the stuff works. And it has gotten easier over the years. Spray it on, rub it in, and you're good to go.
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Tue, Jul 23, 2013 1:34 PM EDT

Whenever I'm tempted to skip the sunscreen and just get the kids and myself out of the apartment as quickly as possible, I stop, realign my priorities and pull out the SPF 50. Recent findings confirm that starting the sunscreen habit early on is important: skin cancer rates have increased in the past 40 years, and more in the women-under-40 category than in any other. And because childhood sunburns can contribute to the risk of developing skin cancer, it's critical to protect your little ones as much as it is to protect yourself. You may not be lucky enough to have an angelic messenger remind you to slather on the sunscreen every time you go out, but I'm willing to step in and give you some tips instead. Click through for 7 smart ways to reduce your and kids' skin cancer risk! -By Lizzie Heiselt

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