Sun Care

Sun care is extremely important for maintaining healthy skin. Learn more about sun care at HowStuffWorks.


Though sunscreen has protected our skin for decades, scientists still have questions about the intricacies of its photoprotective properties.

Getting ready to spend a day in the sun? Think twice before reaching for last year's sunscreen. Even if the bottle's still full, the lotion doesn't last forever. Don't get burned!

Are you fairer than them all and you just want to look good on the beach?! Read on for these healthy tips!

Even if you have oily skin, you still need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. So what's the best sunscreen for oily skin? Find out!

Learn all that you need to know about what SPF numbers mean on sunscreen bottles and protect yourself with the correct SPF number sunscreen for the future.

Learn all that you need to know about sun rash and how to protect yourself from it.

The sun. People have worshiped it for thousands of years. But only in the last century have people worshiped the sun by baking themselves to a golden tan, which often masks an angry red burn. Scroll through these photos for some sunburn home remedies.

Sunscreen is a must for a day in the sun, but not everyone has an easy time with it.

We've all heard the warnings about excessive sunlight exposure. But many sunscreens wash off with sweat or a day in the pool. Is there a pill to take the place of all that lotion?

I remember when I first learned about spray tanning. I was thrilled. No longer would I need to worry about the rays outside because I could get that glowing tan in a bottle.

The sun can do much more damage than simply give you a painful sunburn. Learn some ways to easily minimize sun exposure so you can spend time outdoors safely.

If you've overexposed your skin to the sun and end up with a sunburn, these home remedies can make you a bit more comfortable. See 10 home remedies for sunburns to get started.

Tanning addicts may not shoplift or burglarize homes to subsidize their habit. But is their addiction to UV rays really that different from any other addiction?

Get fast facts on tanning, and find out why that healthy glow is more harmful than healthy.

Most of us know that you should protect yourself from the sun when you go outside. But many outdoor activities, like swimming at the beach or playing sports, can wash off sunscreen. Is it really possible for a sunscreen to be sweat-proof?

A bronzed skin is de rigueur in some circles, but with the risks from sun and tanning bed exposure, what's a health-conscious person to do? How does a spray tan deepen your color, and is it safe?

Once summer hits, everyone heads outside to enjoy the sun and perhaps get a tan. However, all that sunbathing can be dangerous, but alternatives abound, including self-tanners.

Are tanning beds more or less safe than the sun? Is a base tan a good way to protect your skin? Before you risk your hide for a bronze glow, demystify what you know about tanning.

Even the most knowledgeable and diligent sunscreen users can come home from a day in the great outdoors with burnt skin in certain places. What spots do we tend to miss when we're slathering ourselves with SPF?

Don't be fooled by clouds. You can get sunburn on sunny days or cloudy days -- and if you're outside all day, one application won't be enough. But if you do end up with a burn, here's how to treat it.

Wearing sunscreen is a well-known way to block UV rays, but it isn't the final word on sun protection anymore. In what other ways can sun-lovers ward off skin damage?

Mixing your own sunscreen might save you some cash. But are there ingredients you can include to make sure it's as effective as the store-bought stuff?

Does the idea of getting a tan without having to actually sit out under the hot, baking sun appeal to you? If so, maybe you've considered tanning lotions. But how do sunless tanners actually work, if they work at all?

We've known for a while that a suntan is not exactly a healthy glow. And now we're learning that tanning beds -- once touted as a safer alternative to the sun -- are more dangerous than we thought.

It's common knowledge that sun exposure can cause sunburns and even skin cancer. But does the sun affect dark-skinned people the same way it affects people with lighter complexions?