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Take your pick of summer sunscreens


Sunscreen is a must-have, especially now that summer is here. Different types of sunscreens are available. Use this guide as you shop for one, and pick the best form of sun protection for you and the people you love.

What type of sunscreen is right for you?

Best for the face. Bonus: They're friendly to dry skin.

Good for using on the skin around your eyes.

Work well on hairy areas, like the scalp or a man's chest.

Easy to apply to kids. But make sure to use enough to thoroughly cover the skin.

No matter which kind you choose, be sure it offers broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher, and is water-resistant.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

Looking for other ways to lower skin cancer risk? See what steps you might be missing with our assessment.

Reviewed 6/7/2021

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