Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher to get basic sun protection.

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How can I keep from getting sunburned?

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher to get basic sun protection.

Everyone's skin reacts to the sun differently, and will burn at different rates. For basic sun protection, always use a sunscreen that has an SPF 15 or higher and that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for products that are "broad spectrum," since these will protect you from all of the different kinds of rays. Even using SPF 15 as your starting point, it can take some experimenting to find the SPF level that is right for you. Generally, people with fair skin who burn easily need a higher SPF, but don't let a medium or dark complexion fool you: all skin can burn, and it is important to always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater to protect your skin from the sun's ageing and potential carcinogenic effects. You may also want to find a chemical free sunscreen depending on how sensitive your skin is. There are several brands out there including one called Mexitan which offers both sun screen and tanning oils.

   

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