Everything you need to know about UV protection
From brushing up on the basics to choosing the right formula, we’ve got you covered.
When it comes to warding off deep wrinkles, brown spots, and cancer, sunscreen is your skin's best friend- provided you pick one with an SPF 30 or higher and put it on correctly. But more than 90 percent of people don’t apply it right, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s department of dermatology, which may help explain the skyrocketing rates of skin cancer in women. One big error is notwearing enough. “Youneed a full ounce for your body, reserving a 1⁄2 teaspoon for your face and neck,” says Zeichner. Timing is crucial too, he adds. “Apply it 30minutes or more before stepping outdoors.” Also key: reapplying at least every two hours. Read on for advice to help you successfully navigate the sunscreen aisle.
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