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Summertime is beach time, swimming pool time and gardening time. Most of us spend a lot more time in the sun during the summer months than during the rest of the year, and Washington University dermatologists say it's very important to protect ourselves from the sun's damaging rays. That means wearing a hat, using a good sunscreen and avoiding the sun when possible between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when its rays are at their most dangerous. They also recommend reading more than just the SPF rating on the sunscreen bottle and looking carefully at the label for particular ingredients that can better protect the skin from sun damage and skin cancer.