Summer Skin

With summer only being a few weeks away are you ready to go out in the sun and enjoy its shiny rays? These tips from dermatologists will help you be on your way to a healthy skin.

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What are some tips we can follow to stay safe in the sun this summer?
In honor of National Sunscreen Protection Day on May 27 we start with the obvious -- wear sunscreen!
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Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 if you plan on spending more than 30 minutes in the sun midday.
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There are a few general guidelines to follow for safe sun exposure, said Jefferson University Hospital dermatologist, Dr. Jason Lee.
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Many people use tanning beds to get a base tan before heading to the beach, but the doctor doesn't recommend it.
Take a look at these wrinkly faces! They're pretty cute on a pup, but you surely don't want those wrinkles on your face. The sun's harsh rays emit UVA and UVB rays. UVB are the cancer causing rays and UVA causes photoaging and wrinkles. Get a sunscreen that blocks both!
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People mistakenly use sunscreen and think they are protected but it must be re-applied every two to three hours -- especially if you're sweating or swimming, said Dr. Lee.
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Protecting your kids from the sun is also important. The best way to protect against melanoma from the sun is to use a sunscreen that includes zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone, according to recent studies. People exposed to the sun should look for water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
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Confused about SPF numbers? Click here to learn more.

No matter what sunscreen number you get always apply it 20 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. You also need to know that sunscreens and sunblocks are different. Sunscreens are usually applied 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure -- sunblocks are applied right before the exposure.
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If skin is sunburned, try a bit of ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation and apply one-percent hydrocortisone cream.
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Some advice if you're hanging out poolside: Chlorine in swimming pools has a tendency to dry out skin. So, be sure to moisturize afterwards.
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The safest tan comes in a bottle!
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Don't forget to take your favorite novel while you're getting your dose of Vitamin D at your favorite spot.
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