Sun Care

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SPF30 will protect more like SPF 15 if you don't apply as much sunscreen as the experts recommend. And a study showed that most people put on far too little. But what's the right amount anyway?

By Dave Roos

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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!

By Jennifer Sellers

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

By Jennifer Wolfe

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?

By Kevin P. Allen

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.

By Sara Novak

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.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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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.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Sarah Siddons

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?

By Jessika Toothman

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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?

By Linda C. Brinson

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.

By Marie Willsey

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?

By Molly Edmonds

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.

By Sarah Siddons

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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?

By John Barrymore

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?

By Sarah Siddons

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?

By Sarah Siddons

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.

By Sarah Siddons

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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?

By John Barrymore

There are numerous ways to get rid of unsightly scars, but did you know that sun exposure can actually make healing scars more noticeable?

By Sarah Siddons

Nobody likes getting sunburned -- peeling skin and red, itchy patches can ruin a weekend before you know it. And if it's happened without sunscreen, you may be in for even more pain. How long does it take for unprotected skin to burn?

By Sarah Siddons

Sunscreen protects your skin from sun damage, but what makes it work? And what's the difference between sunscreen and sunblock?

By John Barrymore

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You know you should wear sunscreen to protect yourself from sun damage, but with so many different sunscreens and sunblocks on the market, how do you know which one is right for you?

By Sarah Siddons

Sunscreen is generally considered a good thing -- after all, we all need protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. What kind of sunscreen can you use on babies? Can you use it on infants at all?

By John Barrymore