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Dayglow: everything you need to know to protect your skin from the sun.

"Even the darkest skin types can burn in the sun, so it's essential to wear sun protection," says dermatologist Kenneth Beer. Sunscreens defend skin from the damaging effects of sunlight (including premature aging and cancer) by reflecting, absorbing or scattering ultraviolet radiation. Beer's sun-care commandments are simple: apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two to three hours. Beer also recommends broad-spectrum sunscreens that shield UVA and UVB rays. To find the proper sun protection factor (SPF) for your skin, consider your skin tone. "The lighter the skin color, the higher the SPF," says Beer, who notes that some parts of the skin may be lighter or darker than others.

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SPF--SUN PROTECTION FACTOR

The makers of Hawaiian Tropic Ozone, Coppertone and Banana Boat offer SPF 80, the highest on the market.

UVA--ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT

Also categorized as UVB, depending on wave length.

MEXORYL--

The top ingredient for UVA protection.

1. Noodle & Boo Play-Day Sunscreen SPF 30 ($22, available at noodleandboo.com)

2. Burt's Bees Chemical Free Sunscreen, SPF 15 ($14, available at burtsbees.com)

3. Coppertone Sport Faces Lotion SPF 50 ($9, available at drugstores nationwide)

4. Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 70 ($10, available at drugstores nationwide)

5. DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Sunscreen SPF 30 ($30, available at Sephora)

6. Dermalogica Water Block Sun Spray SPF 30 ($38, available at dermalogica.com)

7. Korres High Protection Sunscreen Emulsion for Children SPF 30 ($24, available at korres.com)

11. Kiss My Face Obsessively Organic After Sun Soother ($6 available at mass market retailers)

12. Dr. Haushcka After-Sun Lotion ($23, available at drhauschka.com)

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