Sun Care

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

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Is it safe to tan while pregnant? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn whether or not it is safe to tan while pregnant.

By Sarah Siddons

There's no doubt that sunshine can be good for us -- it provides our bodies with essential nutrients and makes us feel happy. But too much exposure can wreak havoc on our skin. How long can we linger in the sun before putting ourselves at risk?

By John Barrymore

Whenever you step outside into the sunlight, it's always a good idea to lay the sunscreen on thick. But depending on your type of skin, you might not want to slather it everywhere.

By Sarah Siddons

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Whether you love to work up a sweat on the court, field, green or in the pool, you have one thing in common with your fellow athletes: major sun exposure. What are five things to look for when choosing a sunscreen that will play as hard as you do?

By Stephanie Watson

If you have oily skin, the idea of putting on creamy, pore-clogging sunscreen might be enough to make you weigh the risk of sunburn instead. Fear sunscreen no more -- you just need to know what to look for.

By Shanna Freeman & Maria Trimarchi

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

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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

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

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

By John Barrymore

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

Sunscreen, our top defense from the sun's UV rays, can irritate some people's skin. Find out what steps to take if you have a sunscreen allergy.

By John Barrymore

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Some vitamins serve to protect and repair your skin from the inside out. But can they actually prevent sunburns?

By Sarah Siddons

If you have freckles, you've probably noticed that they're more prominent after a day in the sun. What's the connection between sunshine and freckles?

By Sarah Siddons

If you're running a marathon, swimming the English Channel or spending a whole day doing sweaty yard work, reapplying sunscreen probably isn't at the top of your priority list. Can sunscreen pills help you?

By John Barrymore

You may have heard of the free, readily available acne remedy: the sun. Unfortunately, this is one acne treatment you probably shouldn't try.

By Sarah Siddons

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When sunscreen with SPF 70 hits the market this summer, you might be tempted to slather it on and bake. Before you do, learn what SPF numbers really mean.

By Melissa Jeffries

How do sunless-tanning products work? Which is the most effective: self-tanning lotions or tanning pills?

Sunburn is dangerous and painful, but what is happening in your skin cells as they react to sunlight and UV rays?

There is something mysterious about the sun and skin: Why do some people tan, and others burn? What's happening, and why does sunscreen prevent it? Find out exactly what the sun does to your skin.

By Marshall Brain