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Miami Beach Introduces Free Sunscreen Dispensers

City of Miami Beach Communications

Miami Beach may be full of beach-goers who are all about slathering on tanning oil and baking under the sun, but the city is hoping to change that with a new initiative: sunscreen dispensers. In partnership with Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach has installed 50 sunscreen dispensers across the city at various public pools, parks and beach access points, as part of an effort to help combat skin cancer. Even better, they're free—so there's no reasons sunbathers shouldn't take advantage!

The "Sunshine State" is second behind California in incidences of melanoma, and things are only getting worse, according to Jose Lutzky, M.D. head of the melanoma program out of Mount Sinai. “Unfortunately, our numbers are growing,” he said. “That is really something we do not want to be first in.” (Find out why ultraviolet radiation is more dangerous than you thought.)

The lotion provided in the dispensers is from the city's own official suncare line, MB Miami Beach Triple Action Sea Kelp Sunscreen Lotion, an SPF 30 water-resistant formula that also helps firm the appearance of the skin and help protect against photoaging (or skin changes resulting from exposure to UVA and UVB rays)—because, after all, this is still Miami Beach! A portion of each bottle sold in stores will go toward refilling the dispensers.

Hopefully, Miami's efforts to encourage widespread sunscreen use will inspire other sun-worshipping cities to do the same. Who knows, maybe these will catch on as much as much as hand sanitizer dispensers! (In the meantime, try one of the Best Sun Protection Products of 2014.)

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