In Miami, where the sun shines all year long, the bronzed look is still en vogue. “People want to have that beautiful glow,” says Jeremy Green, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist with Skin Associates of South Florida
(skinassociatesfl.com). But that enviable shade comes at the cost of your skinds health: “A tan is your bodyds reaction to sun damage,” says Green, who recommends daily use of SPF 30, and SPF 45 every two hours for days of prolonged sun exposure. And in our commuterheavy city, itds important to be mindful of sun exposure even while at the wheel. “You get a ton of sun coming through the windshield,” he cautions.
Though sun-smart behavior is improving, Robert S. Krisner, MD, skin cancer expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (sylvester.org), says we still have a long way to go. “There is no such thing as a ‘healthyd tan, and you can get vitamin D from supplements rather than inefficiently through excessive sun exposure and its risks,” says Krisner.
But this is by no means a call to stay indoors. “The best way to use sunscreen is to get in the habit and use it regularly,” Krisner says. And with so many options, itds never been easier—or looked better—to practice safe sun.