08/04/2010 10:29 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Apply sunscreen. Don't apply sunscreen. Avoid the sun. Get more vitamin D from the sun. Sunscreens are toxic and don't work. Sunscreens are essential...what's a person to do?

Over the years, I have seen all the news and studies, but I've also developed my own methods for managing sun exposure based on a weird condition I (and my daughters) have. We suffer from photodermatitis, which basically started for each of us when we hit puberty--suddenly, sunscreen or no sunscreen, our bodies develop rashes when we are exposed to too much sun. Call it "nature's sunscreen" if you will, but I've found lots of ways to cope over the years that have saved me money (from not having to buy sunscreen) and improved my vitamin D levels.

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Sharpen Your Sunscreen Savvy - Maria's Farm Country Kitchen
Sun Protective Clothing Guide: Shield Your Skin From The Sun Without Sunscreen -
Environmental Working Group