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Choose the Right Sunscreen

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Choose the Right Sunscreen

Sunscreen brands may seem interchangeable, but they’re not all created equal when it comes to cancer protection. The SPF factor is important: it tells you how well the lotion will block UVB rays. But that’s only a part of the picture.

You need a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against UVB rays (which cause sunburn), and the UVA rays that reach deep into the base layer of your skin — this is where the dangerous cell mutations begin.

Opt for at least 30 SPF, but since there’s currently no rating system for UVA protection, look for avobenzone and ecamsule on the ingredient list to make sure you’re getting the barrier you need.

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