6 Essential Sun Safety Habits

Tips to protect your skin and health year-round

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It’s a common myth that if you’ve already spent several decades in the sun, there’s no benefit to shielding your skin from the effects of its harmful ultraviolet rays now.

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But the truth is, it’s never too late to take care of your skin. Practicing good sun safety habits every day at any age can help prevent additional damage, making you less likely to develop skin cancer. Follow these tips for a healthier time outdoors this summer and throughout the year.

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Illustration: Chris Philpot

Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the August 2021 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.


Model: Sue BoothPhotographer: John Walsh

Susan Booth

I am a senior project leader for Consumer Reports, overseeing the testing of vacuum cleaners, sunscreens, and home medical devices.