A 20-year-old female asked:

Is it okay to sit in the sun 15 min. a day to lighten your hair and to get a tan, if you use an spf 30 sunscreen?also does sunscreen prevent wrinkles?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Marshall Seligmann
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Yes.: If you are using an SPF 30 sunscreen, and applying it properly before sun exposure, then 15 minutes of sun exposure a day should be completely safe. Sunscreen not only protects from sunburns, but also long-term skin damage - including wrinkles and skin cancer.
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