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Do insect screens block any Vitamin D benefits of sun?

Do insect screens block any Vitamin D benefits of sun?

Insect screens: Nope. Not as long as you can get sun through them (ie netting screens block insects, but not much sun). So you should be able to get your vitamin D. Be careful about excess sub exposure, which can cause skin cancer :/. Try using a timer & applying sun screen with that bug spray :) ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more


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Are tanning beds safer than natural sunlight?

Are tanning beds safer than natural sunlight?

Tanning beds don't offer a safe alternative to natural sunlight: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages your skin, whether the exposure comes from tanning beds or natural sunlight. This damage increases the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. In fact, tanning beds emit UVA rays — which might increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. If you'd like the golden glow of a tan without exposure to damaging UV radiation, consider using a sunless tanning product. Avoid tanning beds, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you're outdoors. ...Read more

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How safe is self tanning lotions & airbrushing?

How safe is self tanning lotions & airbrushing?

Tanning: Self tanners and airbrushing (depending on the products used) are considerably more safe than using a tanning bed/booth - and the results can look pretty good as well. Keep in mind that using this form of tanning does not reduce your chances of getting burned or incurring damage to your skin from the actual sun. You should always use an spf to protect your skin when out in the sun. ...Read more

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Does reducing sun exposure benefit your skin?

Does reducing sun exposure benefit your skin?

Yes: Decrease the chance of getting skin cancer; wrinkling and freckling would also be lessened. ...Read more

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It's okay to use tanning oil SPF 30 instead of using sun cream spf30 right?

It's okay to use tanning oil SPF 30 instead of using sun cream spf30 right?

No: The current recommendation to avoid sun burn and exposure to UV-A and B rays which may lead to skin cancers is a physical block with a cream that contains either or both zinc or titanium. ...Read more

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Does moderate sun exposure (10-15 minutes) without sunscreen have carcinogenic effects?

Does moderate sun exposure (10-15 minutes) without sunscreen have  carcinogenic effects?

Any sun exposure: Has some carcinogenic potential related to UV exposure. But remember its exceptionally small with limited exposure like you mention. There are many benefits to sun exposure too, you level of exposure just needs to be balanced based on your risk for developing skin cancer. ...Read more

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Are glow-in-the-dark pajama safe?

Are glow-in-the-dark pajama safe?

Likely safe to wear: Glow-in-the-dark clothing is probably safe. The material that glows is not radioactive, and does not emit any light unless it first absorbs some light. Over time, the material fades as it emits out the light energy that it absorbed. Since glow-in-the-dark pajamas are a novelty item, they need not be used if one has concerns about long-term or environmental effects of glow-in-the-dark materials. ...Read more

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Homemade safe measures to lighten indian tanned in sun skin tone?

Homemade safe measures to lighten indian tanned in sun skin tone?

We place such an: Emphasis on skin tone and i respect that it is an issue for you. The best home remedy is to stay neat and clean and happy w/your health. The best thing about you is what is inside, your values. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

SPF: In moisturizer is helpful but it is not the same as applying sunscreen. Consider a higher spf. ...Read more

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A sun shade or sun visor is any good at preventing skin cancer?

A sun shade or sun visor is any good at preventing skin cancer?

A good start: Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the greatest risk factor for developing skin cancers. Any way you reduce your exposure will reduce your risks of developing skin cancers. This includes protective clothing and sun screen on exposed skin. ...Read more

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What is the best driver side car window screen for sun protection and safety?

What is the best driver side car window screen for sun protection and safety?

LLumar: You can google www.Llumar.Com to find out about this product. The side and back windows are the most important since they allow 60% of uva rays in. ...Read more

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How effective is sunblock against sunburns, skin damage?

How effective is sunblock against sunburns, skin damage?

Sunblock is a must!: Protect with spf 15+ & be sensible about how much sun you're getting. Avoid tanning booths & unnecessary uv light. Hats, sunglasses, spf make-up & sportswear are also important to consider. Avoid sunscreens with potential carcinogens. The physical blocks (zinc and titanium) are great. Be vigilant about protecting your skin from future cancers & premature aging. It's better to prevent than correct! ...Read more

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Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Sunburn prevention: Don't forget sunglasses, and to avoid exposure between 10AM-4PM. Umbrellas help, too. Remember the shade moves with the sun, especially if a child is in a shaded stroller. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sunburn/basics/prevention/con-20031065 ...Read more