Protect your skin at any age

Dr. Krant recommends lathering up a shot glass’s worth of sunscreen 15 minutes 
before you head out and reapplying every hour or two.

This year, about 75,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Are you taking precautions to make sure you’re not one of them? We spoke with Dr. Jessica Krant, a board-certified dermatologist in Manhattan, to get advice on how you can prevent skin cancer at any age.

If you’re in your 20s:
 
Skip the tanning bed: Young ladies into fake-baking are especially at risk for the dreaded disease. “Skin cancer is on the rise among young women, and melanoma is the most common form of cancer among those aged 25 to 29,” Dr. Krant says.

Protect yourself. Choose a moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher, and slather it on your face, ears, neck and chest daily.
 
Don’t forget your diet. “Eat a well-balanced diet full of brightly colored fruits and dark green, leafy veggies — these are your natural cancer- and wrinkle-fighters,” she says.

If you’re in your 30s:
 
Visit your derm. Check in for your annual head-to-toe skin cancer screening. “The 30s is when sun damage starts to show itself more,” says Dr. Krant.
 
Up your sunscreen for those beach days. “Wear SPF 50 or higher when prolonged sun exposure is expected, with enough broad spectrum protection to cover the damage caused by UVA rays since it’s the UVA that is more linked to aging and sun spots,” she says.

If you’re 40 or older:
 
Pick up anti-aging products. “Topical retinoids — retinol and tretinoin — not only fight wrinkles, but also help regulate healthy cell turnover to prevent DNA damage leading to skin cancer,” Dr. Krant says.
 
Schedule more screenings.
If you’ve already been hit with skin cancer, Dr. Krant recommends you get screened twice per year. “Prevention is best, but early detection counts for a lot.”

Label confusion

That “waterproof” label doesn’t mean you should lay out all day without reapplying. Marketing jargon can be hard to sift through, and the FDA wants to make sure you’re well-informed. Last year, it asked sunscreen manufacturers to change their labels so that consumers would understand just what the product is doing and how often they need to wear it. The sunscreen manufacturers didn’t meet the June deadline, so the FDA extended the deadline another six months. In the meantime, how can you pick a sunscreen that you feel good about? Read on for tips from Dr. Krant.
   
SPF refers only to UVB protection. Look for “broad-spectrum” on the label to get UVA protection against aging as well.
   
Select at least SPF 30 or higher, and choose water-resistant if you’ll be active or swimming.
   
Remember that the protection level you get only matches the label if you use an entire shot glass’s worth of sunscreen on exposed areas at the beach, and reapply every hour or two.
   
Sprays are hard to measure, so apply a full second coat before considering yourself as protected as the label claims. 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.