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You're going to do it anyway, so at least be smart about roasting in the sun. New York dermatologist Francesca Fusco's got you covered. Kayleen Schaefer

Q: What's a misconception guys have about tanning?

A: They think a base tan will keep them from being burned. That's not true. Also, your self-tanner doesn't provide you with any protection.

Q: What's the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

A: Both contribute to skin cancer, but UVA rays are responsible for wrinkles while UVB rays are responsible for burning. Use a sunscreen labeled "broadspectrum" that will cover both.

Q: Do you need different sunscreens for your face and body?

A: A sunscreen made for the face won't be sticky or leave you looking ghostly, but in terms of efficacy you don't need a separate one.

Q: What should you do if you get burned?

A: If you don't have aloe, take an anti-inflammatory like Advil or Motrin, and do a cold compress with a solution of equal parts milk and water. The fat content and pH level of the milk make it soothing.


NATURE'S FIX

Organic ingredients can help nurse a sunburned body back to health.

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1. Body: Aloe Vera Gel (pictured above)
How It Works: The hydrating goop squeezed from an aloe vera leaf helps soothe lobster-red skin, thanks to natural antibacterial properties that reduce inflammation and reenergize your immune system. It's so effective that oncologists recommend it for radiation burns.
Try: Alo Sun After Tan ($12), aloecreme.com

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2. Hair: Coconut Oil
How It Works: Your hair can't get burned, but a week in Mykonos will leave it dry and brittle. Oil pressed from the "meat" inside a coconut replaces any moisture sucked out by the sun.
Try: Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque ($26), aveda.com

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3. Face: Carrot-Root Oil
How It Works: UVA rays break down collagen and cause wrinkles. Beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A found in carrots and yams, stimulates cell renewal, which helps heal damage.
Try: Anthony Logistics for Men Vitamin A Facial Treatment ($35), anthony.com

Photographs: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos; Bartholomew Cooke

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