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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately there are steps you can take to minimize your risk while enjoying the outdoors with your family this summer.

I will admit this is hard to do but you should try to stay in the shade between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest. You can either schedule your trip to the beach later in the afternoon or look for large trees to block the sun. Umbrellas will also offer some protection.

A wide brim hat is a great choice for protecting your skin from the sun. You can find stylish wide brim hats at retailers such as Forever 21. Neiman Marcus offers a designer sun hat that is also prefect for the beach. All you need is a pair of sunglasses and you’re all set.

Did you know that there are so many options when choosing a bathing suit? That you can still turn heads at the beach without exposing a lot of skin. O’Neill sun protection clothing, accessories and swimwear are a great way to do that. They received the Skin Cancer Foundation’s International Seal of Recommendation. Have you ever heard of surf leggings or surf boots? There are so many choices out there. A short sleeve crew swim shirt paired with a bikini bottom are always a sexy combination. Proving you can you look fabulous and keep your skin protected.

One thing you can’t afford to skip is sunscreen. There are a few things to consider when choosing a sunscreen product. Sunscreen products are often heavy, get on your clothes and cause your makeup to go on cakey. You want a product that is lightweight, non-greasy and dissolves completely.

Another thing to consider is the SPF. You need an SPF of at least 30 to block harmful rays. A “broad-spectrum” sunscreen will protect against UVB and UVA rays. An SPF 30 sunscreen blocks nearly 97 percent of UVB radiation says the Skin Cancer Foundation. Sunscreens are “water-resistant” but they still need to be reapplied every 40 to 80 minutes.

Always look at the expiration date. Products break down and may be less effective after the expiration date. You don’t want to take a chance. Remember sunscreen alone won’t protect you. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, protective clothing and sunscreen together will protect you.