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Do You Really Need Sunscreen?

Most of us have made sunscreen a staple through the summer months, lathering on lotions and sprays to spare ourselves the dreaded sunburn that can haunt us for days. We’ve been told by dermatologists and health professionals for decades now to routinely apply these products to prevent skin aging and, more importantly, skin cancer. Recently, however, experts are questioning the healthfulness of avoiding sun or using sunscreen with every exposure. Research continues to illuminate how sunlight benefits our bodies, including (but not limited to) our natural synthesis of vitamin D. In light of the findings, what should our sun routine look like? How do we optimize the benefits of sun exposure while minimizing skin damage?

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