How to Protect Skin from the Sun

Learn sun protection tips that help prevent skin cancer from board-certified dermatologist Ahmet Altiner in this Howcast video.

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Whenever I ask my patients, "Do you protect yourself from the sun," the answer's is almost always, "Yes, I wear sunscreen." But it's important to know that there are many other things you can do to protect yourself from the damaging rays of UV light. Number one is clothing. Wear a hat. Wear clothing that covers the majority of your body, when you know you are going to be outside on a very sunny day. There are specific UV protective clothing you can buy, that will make sure that you get SPF 100 or above UV protection.

Also, if you don't have a lot of hair, wearing a hat is very important. Applying sunscreen every two hours is important, as in the majority of the time the sunscreen output, will deactivate after two hours. Not using tan booths is yet another way to make sure that you're protected from UV lights. These simple, behavioral modifications can make sure that you get the maximum amount of protection from damaging UV light.

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