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Beach Safety 101

Experts offer advice for a safe day at the beach.

Slather on Sunscreen continued...

"The first thing is wearing sunscreen, but it's not just about sun protection factor (SPF), it's also about the other ingredients," he says. Choose sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

"These ingredients block both ultraviolet-B (UVB) and ultraviolet-A (UVA), while other ingredients block only UVB," he says. Choose an SPF of 15 or higher.

Remember that "none are sweat-proof or rub-proof, so they all have to be reapplied every two hours, particularly if you are sweating or swimming," he says. It's also important to wear hats with broad rims and sunglasses with protection built into the lenses. "The sunlight is most intense from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.," he says. "Be careful and stand under an umbrella, and remember that the sun is a lot stronger than it was 10 or 20 years ago because ozone has thinned out."

Reviewed on July 02, 2007

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