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Shade, clothing, and sunscreen

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which is a month devoted to raising awareness of the most common cancer in the United States. Skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers. This expert insight from dermatologists tells you how to use shade, clothing, and sunscreen to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

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Practice Safe Sun

To practice safe sun, you need shade, sun-protective clothing, and sunscreen. Find out how to use each of these when you’re outdoors.

What to wear to protect your skin from the sun

Dermatologists recommend dressing to protect yourself from the sun by wearing these clothes and accessories.

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Sunscreen FAQs

Find science-backed answers to common questions about sunscreen like "When should I use sunscreen?" and "What sunscreen should I use?"

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Sun protection for babies

See what dermatologists recommend for protecting your baby's delicate skin from the sun.

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Why you need sun protection in winter

Protecting your skin from the sun year-round helps to keep it looking its best every day. Find out what a board-certified dermatologist recommends you do to protect your skin during the coldest part of the year.

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Infographic: Say Yes to Sun Protection

Want to know why sun protection is important? View this infographic.

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How to select a sunscreen

Not all sunscreens can reduce your risk of sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging. To select one that does, look for these three things.

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How to apply sunscreen

For sunscreen to be effective, you must apply it correctly. This video shows you how to apply sunscreen to get the protection you need.

How to use stick and spray sunscreens
How to use stick and spray sunscreens

Both stick and spray sunscreens offer unique advantages. These tips from board-certified dermatologists tell you how to use these sunscreens safely and apply the right amount.

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5 common sunscreen mistakes — and how to avoid them

If you’re making any of these mistakes, you’re not getting the protection you need from your sunscreen. Find out how to remedy these common slip-ups.

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Is sunscreen safe?

Find out what dermatologists recommend for sun protection and why.

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How to decode sunscreen labels

Do you find the terms used on sunscreen confusing? This page tells you what you need to know to decipher these terms.

How do I know if I'm using the right sunscreen?
How do I know if I'm using the right sunscreen?

When shopping for sunscreen, your choices can feel overwhelming. To make it easier for you to select sunscreen that can protect your skin from the sun, follow these two steps.