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Planning a summer getaway? Remember to pack your sunscreen

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With summer just a couple of months away, it’s likely that many families are planning fun vacations for when the kids get out of school. While buying a new swimsuit may be at the top of your list, experts say that sunscreen should be, too.

If you know you will be in the sun for more than 20 minutes, taking the time to apply sunscreen could prevent the development of serious diseases later on, according to the American Melanoma Foundation.

There are many choices available on the market today, but experts recommend using a product with at least SPF 15.

Chemical sunscreens are effective for most people. These tend to be colorless, form a thin film and act as filters that reduce the amount of UV radiation penetrating the skin. However, those who are especially sensitive to sunlight should opt for physical sunscreens, which are often visible when applied, do not easily wash off and work to physically block out UV radiation.

Although safe, effective treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation exist to address sun damage, making efforts to protect skin in the first place is a good way to go.