18 Things Dermatologists Do Every Summer That You Don’t

Be wary of clouds

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Burns can still occur on cloudy days, when cooler air may persuade you to skip sunscreen. Clouds block only about 20 percent of the sun’s UV rays, so be sure to apply sunscreen just as you would on the sunniest of days.

Remember the sly spots

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A surprising number of skin cancer cases occur behind the ears and on other areas that you may ignore when applying sunscreen. Cover your ears, the tops of your feet, and your hands. Here are some of the most shocking places skin cancer can strike.

Eat to support healthy skin

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Studies show that loading up on foods high in antioxidants (such as colorful fruits and vegetables, iced green tea, and nuts) and probiotics (such as Greek yogurt with live active cultures and kombucha, a fermented tea) may offer an extra layer of sun protection from within.

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Whitney Bowe, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital

Binh Ngo, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Keck Medicine of USC

Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City and a clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center

Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist and a clinical associate professor at Tulane University

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