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Published on May 02, 2017

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Take caution when wearing these skincare products in the sun

You may have heard the news: Some sunscreens and daily skincare products contain ingredients that could actually be attracting the sun and increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.

It's not necessary to change your skincare routine in the summer if you are already wearing a good sunscreen every day. But a few adjustments could help keep you looking younger and healthier, and could also reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Retin-A and Renova (Tretinoin): These powerhouse exfoliants, derived from Vitamin A, are often prescribed to treat acne and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other sun damage. Ironically, they also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

If you get a lot of sun, avoid using these products all together. Otherwise, be sure to apply a broad-based sunscreen (at least SPF 15, preferably higher, that protects against both UVA and UVB rays) throughout the day.

Alpha-Hydroxy and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs and BHAs): Products containing these ingredients can also increase your sensitivity to the sun. Limit your daytime use or wear a good sunscreen.

Sunless Tanning Lotions: It's true that no tan is a safe tan, except the one that comes from a bottle. But remember, not all self tanners offer protection from the sun. Look for one with an SPF or apply a separate sunscreen.

Moisturizers and Sunscreens: If you normally wear a heavy or emollient face cream, you may want to switch to a lighter formula on hot, humid days. Even if your makeup includes an SPF, you need an additional lotion offering broad-based sun protection.

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