Read up on seven genius things derms use to counter UVA and UVB exposure—without sacrificing time in the sun.

By Heather Muir Maffei
May 21, 2019
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These days, sun protection goes way beyond sunscreen. You can find anything from sun-protective umbrellas to laundry detergent that ups your clothes’ UPF—there’s even a wearable electronic sensor that tracks sun exposure (how insane is that?). If you always cover up with at least SPF 15—and reapply every two hours—then you’re already on the right track. But if you’re looking to limit harmful sun exposure even further (who isn’t?), check out these seven products, hacks, and gadgets dermatologists are obsessing over right now.

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1
Tap technology

“Utilize technology to understand your UV risk and exposure. I love L’Oréal’s wearable UV sensor, called UV Sense, which helps track your sun exposure to reduce your cancer risk.”
—Michelle Henry, MD

2
Shield rain or shine

“I leave my UPF umbrellas in the trunk of my car, in my office, in my carry-on, and in the umbrella stand in my apartment. I always have a UPF umbrella with me during the months of April through October. It is common practice in Asia and more frequent in the United States now.”
—Patricia Wexler, MD

To buy: Totes X-Large Auto Open Close Sunguard Neverwet UPF 50+ Umbrella, $32; amazon.com.

3
Take cover

“I always wear a rash guard—they can be sexy too! T-shirts provide an SPF of about 7, hardly enough. If you are not a fan of rash guards, a shirt with dark, vibrant colors offers the best protection.”
—Mona Gohara, MD

To buy: Escalante Zip Rash Guard UPF 50+, $89; amazon.com.

4
Prevent and correct

“Isdin Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50 has DNA repairsomes, which have been shown to decrease the development of pre-skin cancers, meaning this helps not only prevent future sun damage but also correct damage already done.”
—Heather D. Rogers, MD

To buy: Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50, $55; isdin.com/us.

5
Suit up

“I only buy bathing suits with sleeves for my kids. I have their entire upper body protected and blocked from the sun. J.Crew makes some nice swimwear with UPF.”
—Lily Talakoub, MD

6
Wash with this

“I wash all the kids’ clothes at the beginning of each month, from May through August, with SunGuard Laundry Aid. This gives their clothes a UPF of 30. I also check their rash guards. I have a patient who designs rash guards, and she told me that the UPF wears out over time. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, why didn’t I think of that?’ Obviously it does. So now I check everything before it gets handed down. I hold it up outside, and if I can see the light through the shirt, it doesn’t get passed down.”
—Kavita Mariwalla, MD

To buy: SunGuard Laundry Aid, $24; amazon.com.

7
Up your number

“A recent study compared SPF 100 and SPF 50. On skin treated with SPF 100 sunscreen, there were statistically significantly fewer sunburns.”
—Shari Marchbein, MD, a dermatologist in New York City

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