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June 03, 2010

Protect your skin by slathering on sunscreen with the right ingredients.
Check for: UVA and UVB protection. Select a sunscreen made with either titanium or zinc dioxide or zinc oxide, which stop UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. Another option is a product that uses chemicals to absorb rays and keep your skin from soaking them up. Such cream contain a UVA blocker (avobenzone, also called Parsol 1789, or ecamsule, also called Mexoryl TM) as well as UVB blocker (oxybenzone or sulisobenzone.

Check for: Water resistance. Buy a lotion that say's it's "very water-resistant." If you go swimming or start to sweat, reapply at least every hour.

Check for: Vitamins C and E. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved these vitamins as active sunscreen ingredients, numerous studies show they can help skin recover from sun damage.


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