Sad but true, sometimes fear is the greatest motivator. Turns out that fear of looking old motivates teens to apply sunscreen much more than the possibility of developing skin cancer.
A University of Colorado study, published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that educating teens about the aging and appearance-related effects of sun exposure is more effective than showing them the relationship between UV exposure and skin cancer when it comes to getting them to use sunscreen.
Fifty students from a Northern California high school were divided into two groups and shown one of the following videos:
A health-based video that “discussed
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