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‘DNA Repairing’ Sunscreens Might Actually Work

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is dangerous to our skin cells because it damages our DNA. That’s why sun exposure can cause cancer, and why sunscreen is so important (even apart from its power to prevent sunburns). There are sunscreens that claim they can help your skin repair that damage—and, it turns out, they…Read more… Continue […]

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Here’s the SPF You Actually Get When You Apply Sunscreen Sparingly [Updated]

A sunscreen labeled “SPF 15” should let you spend about 15 times as long in the sun before you burn. Pretty awesome, right? Unfortunately, most of us don’t get that level of protection because we don’t apply enough. What you’re likely getting: a mere SPF 3-5.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Sunscreen Doesn’t Come in a Pill or a Coconut Oil Jar

There are downsides to sunscreen: it can be greasy, it’s annoying to have to reapply, and from time to time people will try to scare you into thinking it’s dangerous. (It’s not.) But you know what the upside is? It’s actually sunscreen. Pills and DIY coconut oil recipes are not.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Find a Free Skin Cancer Screening Near You 

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but it can be hard to find a dermatologist to check out your skin. As we head into summer, though, the American Academy of Dermatology is organizing free skin cancer screenings.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Get an Appointment With a Dermatologist When There Are None to Be Found

Where’s a dermatologist when you need one? A recent investigation by Women’s Health details a widespread shortage of dermatologists who can evaluate skin cancer. Wait times can be dangerously long, if you can get an appointment at all.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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