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    What’s Your Sun Safety IQ? (Quiz)

    By By Diana Vilibert
    May 21, 2012, 5:31:16 AM EDT

    Before you soak up the summer sun, take this sun safety quiz to find out whether or not you’re keeping your skin healthy.


    True or False: Too little sun can be bad for you.


    Answer: TRUE. Sunshine serves a critical function in the body that sunscreen appears to inhibit: the production of vitamin D. The main source of vitamin D in the body is sunshine, and the compound is enormously important to health–it strengthens bones and the immune system, reduces the risk of various cancers (including breast, colon, kidney, and ovarian cancers) and regulates at least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body.


    You should slather on sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun (by the pool, at the beach, or playing an outdoor sport) for longer than: A. 5 minutes B. 20 minutes C. 40 minutes D. An hour


    Answer: B, 20 MINUTES. If you’re lounging pool-side or joining a game of beach volleyball, slather on the SPF 30. But if you’re just running errands outdoors, no need! The only part of your body that should always be protected is your face.

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