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Glowing travel ads showing bronzed vacationers relaxing on a sandy beach may motivate people to risk skin cancer by tanning, according to a Baylor University researcher.
Linking suntanned skin with relaxation – or attractiveness, for that matter – doesn’t help when it comes to cancer prevention. Remember, there is no such thing as a “healthy tan.”
There is something to be said for lounging on a beach to relax – if your skin is protected. Ultimately, minimizing your exposure to the sun is the best way to prevent skin damage.
When you check the sunscreen aisle, however, you’re faced with seemingly endless options. How do you decide? Is the highest SPF the best? What about “kids” sunscreen? Or spray vs. cream?
Knowing how to read the label on a bottle of sunscreen will go a long way toward helping you make a good choice. The American Academy of Dermatology explains exactly what terms like “broad spectrum” and “SPF” mean:
Choose a product that includes the big three: broad spectrum, water resistant and (at least) SPF 30. Most importantly – use sunscreen every day. As the Skin Cancer Foundation writes, “the sunscreen you apply consistently is the best sunscreen of all.”
You should do more than just wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun:
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