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Too much sun can lead to skin, hair and eye damage. Take our quiz to see if you know how to protect yourself.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How often should you apply sunscreen?

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The correct answer is: Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside and then reapply it every two hours—more often if you're sweating profusely.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

During what hours are the sun's UV rays at their strongest?

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The correct answer is: The sun's UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. You're more likely to burn during this time period.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: UVB rays are more harmful than UVA rays.

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The correct answer is: This is false. UVB rays cause sunburns, but UVA rays penetrate deeper and can cause just as much -- if not more -- damage. Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against both.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Swimming in the ocean could cause an itchy rash.

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The correct answer is: This is true. "Sea bather's itch" occurs when the skin is exposed to the larval form of tiny jellyfish or other larvae too small to see in the water. The rash typically occurs under the bathing suit, and while there may be a prickly sensation when you're in the water, the rash won't develop until a couple of hours or a couple of days after swimming. If you develop a sea bather's itch, remove your bathing suit as soon as possible and shower. If you are itchy, over-the-counter cortisone cream can be applied to the rash and oral antihistamines can also be helpful.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What is the recommended SPF level for safe skin coverage?

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The correct answer is: When applied properly and often, doctors recommend using an SPF 30 to prevent sun damage.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How much sunscreen should you apply at a time?

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The correct answer is: Use approximately a Ping-Pong-ball size amount of sunscreen on each application (1 or 2 ounces) to cover your whole body.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What type of sunglasses provide the best protection?

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The correct answer is: To protect your eyes from the sun, wear sunglasses daily with both UVB and UVA filters. Buy a pair with shaded lenses and a label that states 99 percent or 100 percent UV protection.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you've never gotten a sunburn, you'll never have sun damage.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though sunburns can lead to skin damage and skin cancer, over-exposure to the sun also causes wrinkling, sun spots, sagging and premature skin aging.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which skin type is safe from melanoma?

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The correct answer is: Though fairer skin types are in greater danger of sun damage and skin cancers, no skin types are immune to the effects of UV rays.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How does UV radiation affect your eyes?

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The correct answer is: UV radiation oxidizes the pigments in the retina and decreases antioxidants in the thin, yellowish film that protects it, leaving these delicate cells at risk of damage from free radicals. This damage gets worse over time, which is why wearing proper sunglasses is so important for long-term eye health.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Spending time in the sun will change chemically-colored hair.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sun exposure can make chemical hair color fade so it looks dull and lackluster.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exposure to chlorine can turn your hair gray.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Exposure to chlorine (as well as cigarette smoke) can lead to graying hair. Dousing your hair with plain tap water before you get in the pool can help reduce the amount of chlorine your hair absorbs.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which type of sunscreen works best?

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The correct answer is: All types of sunscreens should work well. After you've applied it, use a mirror or ask a friend to check for any missed spots.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Some medications increase sensitivity to the sun.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Check labels to see if your medication increase sun sensitivity. If your medicine produces photosensitivity, sun exposure can cause more extensive damage than normal to your eyes and skin.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Getting an initial base tan is a safe way to prevent sunburns.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A base tan gives you an SPF of about 4. So while having a base tan may take you longer to burn, you'll still burn eventually. And don’t forget that tans cause skin damage and aging, too.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which summer shoes do some foot experts say are more dangerous than stilettos?

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The correct answer is: The shoes you wear in the heat can destroy your feet. Many podiatrists believe the most dangerous shoes you can wear are flip flops because they can damage your heels. A fashionable solution is to find flip flops with arch support and an elevation of the heel to take pressure off your tendons.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: You are less likely to get sunburned on a cloudy day.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Sun damage isn't restricted to sunny days at the beach. You can still burn when it's cloudy.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: One severe sunburn can increase your chance of skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Just one blistering sunburn can increase your chance of skin cancer, and just five sunburns in your lifetime can double your chances of developing it.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What makes eyes more sensitive to the sun?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Your eyes may be more photosensitive if they are light in color, if you are taking certain medications or if you use artificial sweeteners.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your eyes can get sunburned.

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The correct answer is: It's true, eye "sunburns" can happen from direct sun or reflection off water. Symptoms include a gritty feeling in the eyes, redness, watering and blurry vision. These symptoms are usually temporary, and can be treated by using eye drops and wearing sunglasses.

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Proper sun care is essential because of wrinkles and dangers like melanoma. Experts estimate that more than 90 percent of skin cancers stem from overexposure to tanning beds and the suns ultraviolet radiation. Wear protective clot...

hing and sunscreen outdoors, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the suns rays are strongest. Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside, then reapply every two hours.
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