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What you need to know to protect your skin this summer

What you need to know to protect your skin this summer

With the unofficial start of summer comes the deep dive into outdoor, exposed-in-the-sun activities synonymous with Southern California living.

But all of that extra time at the beach, road-tripping, hiking, volleyball playing, barbecuing or even just driving around when it’s so crazy hot and sunny outside comes at a price, including burned skin, accelerated aging and even cancer.

Yet Americans aren't getting the memo and taking action to protect themselves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Only 14.3% of men and 29.9% of women reportedly regularly use sunscreen on their face and other exposed skin.

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