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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

(ski­nas­so­ci­ 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 (, 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.

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