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The Ultimate Guide to Sunless Tanning

Do you look and feel better when you have a tan? You’re not alone. Even some of the most skin-conscious people, dermatologists included, agree. But a tan is a major sign of skin damage, which can ultimately have dangerous results. Our summer secret for glowing, radiant tan skin is also our safest suggestion: self-tanner. Here’s how sunless tanners work. The formula temporarily stains the dead cells on the surface of... Read more >

Do You Really Need to Wear Sunscreen on an Airplane?

A 2014 study from JAMA Dermatology showed that pilots and flight attendants are twice as likely to suffer from melanoma when compared to the general population. That's potentially because the intensity of UV radiation, which increases by 15 percent for every 3,000 feet above sea level. And since airplanes typically fly over 35,000 feet, the radiation exposure is much higher than for those on the ground. So what does that mean for jet setters making... Read more >

The Truth About Alcohol and Your Skin

That pounding headache, nausea, and overall awful-feeling isn't the only side effect of overdoing it on the vodka tonics. Your skin suffers, too. Have you ever noticed how puffy and sallow your skin looks after a night of heavy drinking? Alcohol dehydrates your body, and your skin, causing small blood vessels to dilate and widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the skin's surface. That's where puffy eyelids and... Read more >

The Rules of Detecting Precancers

ABCDE Rule A: Asymmetry - The two halves of your mole should match; if they don't, the mole may be precancerous. B: Border - A precancerous mole often has uneven borders, with scalloped or notched sides. C: Color - Precancerous moles may have a variety of colors, such as shades of brown, tan and/or black. A melanoma can be red, blue or other colors. D: Diameter - A mole that... Read more >

Facing Sun Damage

Bill McElligott has severe sun damage to the left side of his face from years of driving a truck. The pronounced difference demonstrates that even through a window, the sun can have damaging effects on your skin. In fact, his face will have SPF skeptics lathering up faithfully every two to three hours. Catching Some Rays You probably have never returned home from work with a sunburn from sitting next... Read more >

Sunscreen: It's an Everyday Kinda Thing

Yesterday was a lazy Sunday, and a stormy one here in New York. Taking full advantage of the conditions, I waited out the passing thunder and rain on my couch for the better part of the morning (and the afternoon...). When the sky seemed to clear, I snuck out on errands. What did I forget? My sunscreen. "But it was cloudy," some of you might say. Well, the sun is... Read more >

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