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Published on June 13, 2014

Seven Ways to Protect Your Skin from the Summer Sun

Seven Ways to ProtectThe sun will come out tomorrow (really, it will), so even though most of us are still waiting on summer’s arrival, it’s important to know how to get your skin ready for the summer sun. Cheryl Gray, a dermatologist at Mount Auburn Hospital, tells us how to protect our skin this summer with these skin health and cancer prevention tips.

1. There’s no such thing as a safe tan from the sun. “No tan caused by exposure to UV is safe,” Gray says. “Tanning is the body’s response to DNA damage from ultraviolet radiation, and DNA damage is directly linked to skin cancer, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Spray and other artificial tans are generally considered safe.”

2. Some areas of the body are more susceptible to sun damage than others. “Areas that are more exposed [to the sun] are more susceptible to sun damage, and are therefore more common places to develop skin cancer,” Gray says. “The scalp, ears, and nose are particularly vulnerable. It is also important to be aware of lips being exposed to the sun, as we often do not use sunscreen on our lips, but they can be damaged and can develop skin cancers.”

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