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    The new rules of sun safety

    Since we are so exposed in the thought all may find this interesting.

    Youíve been following the rules when it comes to sunscreen for how long now? At this point, youíre a diligent daily sunscreen wearer, and you know to reapply every few hours when youíre at the beach or pool. (Sorry, no magical stay-all-day sunscreen on the market yet!) But, hey, itís 2011ósome of the old thinking no longer applies. So update your sun-safety habits, and keep your skin healthy long-term with these thoroughly modern strategies.

    Old rule: Apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 15 a half-hour before leaving the house.
    New rule: Sunscreen alone is not enough: Wear an SPF 15 (at least) plus an antioxidant-enriched moisturizer.

    Sun proof your skin from A to Z
    "Itís no longer just about UV damage," says Fredric Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in New York City and Miami. "The sun also generates free radicals that break down your collagen and elastin fibers." Anti-oxidants in ingredients like soy, green tea, and vitamin C prevent free radicals from attacking, and they boost your protection level, too. Use a souped-up sunscreen that contains the powerful antioxidant idebenone. Or make sure your daily moisturizer has antioxidants in it so youíre covered from the start, then apply sunscreen as usual.

    If youíre going to the beach, go higher than SPF 15, Dr. Brandt says. Most people donít apply enough, so they may end up getting a protection level of 7 out of their 15. But if youíre slathering on 70? Youíll probably get at least a 30, so youíre good.

    Stay safe at the beach
    Old rule: Throw on a T-shirt or cover-up when youíre in direct sunlight.
    New rule: If youíre not into sun-protective clothing, wear dark colors and tightly woven fabrics at peak hours.

    You canít get away with any olí thing (donning a breezy sarong is like wearing nothing at all). Fabrics have UPF ratings that measure their level of UV protection; a 30 is necessary to be awarded the Skin Cancer Foundationís Seal of Recommendation. (FYI: A plain white tee comes in under 10.) If youíre up for a quick extra step, check out SunGuard Sun Protection, a clear dye you can add to your laundry for an immediate UPF 30 that will last through 20 washings.

    Is it a mole... or skin cancer?
    Old rule: Use a teaspoon of sunscreen for your face, a shot-glass-worth for your body.
    New rule: Layer on your protection to make sure youíre covered.

    Because nobody actually measures out their dose, hereís how to stay safe. First, err on the side of over-applying. (It canít hurt!) Pay attention to commonly missed spots like your neck, chest, and the backs of your hands, particularly when youíre driving. "Most people donít realize that the neck and the V of the chest are directly exposed to sunlight due to the angle of the windshield, which offers no protection from UVA rays," says Alysa Herman, MD, a Miami dermatologist specializing in skin cancer treatment. "The backs of hands also get a lot of damage from holding the steering wheel."

    A nonstick spray-on sunscreen is an easy way to cover all those spots without getting your hands tacky. To max out your face coverage, apply a sunscreen lotion and follow up by dusting on a powder-based mineral blocker. It has the added benefit of de-slicking post-sunscreen shine. A skin-win!

    8 steps to healthy skin at every age
    Old rule: A little sun is healthyó20 minutes three times a week allows your body to produce vitamin D.
    New rule: Itís not smart to go out-of-doors unprotected.

    Hereís the deal: Your body does need vitamin D to keep bones healthy and support your immune system, but supplements are the safest way to get your dose of Dówithout the scary side effects of sun exposure. "Even a little bit of sun causes cellular damage that can lead to aging and cancer," says Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Have your doctor check your D level; if itís low, discuss taking a daily supplement containing 400 to 1,000 IU.

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    Melanoma is no joke folks. Thanks for posting this stuff. We lost a friend last year after he battled metastatic melanoma for 4 years. The fatality rate from MM is nearly 100%.
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    I agree but wearing dark clothes at the beach, yea not gonna happen.
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