• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: What is the best sunscreen?

July 5, 2019
a young girl sitting on the side of a swimming pool with an adult man, perhaps her father, putting sunscreen on her

Best sunscreen: Understand your options
The best sunscreen is one that you'll use generously and according to label directions. But with so many types of sunscreen and ingredients to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

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