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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and 5 Other Celebrities Who Avoid the Sun

author image Cathleen Krueger
Hoku Krueger is a freelance writer who specializes in mental health, wellness and pop culture.

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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and 5 Other Celebrities Who Avoid the Sun
Whether it’s to prevent wrinkles or reduce their risk of skin cancer (or both), the following celebrities go to great lengths to protect their skin from the sun. Photo Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than every other cancer combined, and sun and UV exposure is the number one cause. That's why it's time to say goodbye to harmful sun damage and hello to sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen. The following celebrities have opened up about what they do to avoid the sun and why. Hint: Wrinkles are a major part of it. Plus, we asked David Peng, M.D., M.P.H., chair and professor of clinical dermatology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, to debunk myths about sunscreen and get helpful tips on how to protect your skin.

1. Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is serious about protecting his skin from the sun after battling skin cancer six times. Photo Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

1 Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has battled skin cancer six times, and since then he's used his experiences to send a message to his fans. “An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell,” he captioned one 2016 post-operative snap. “The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups.” According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer that’s found and removed early is almost always curable. On top of scheduling check-ups, you can do self-examinations about once a month to increase your chance of early detection as much as possible.

UP NEXT: We find out why this actor avoids certain sunscreens.

2. Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross said that some sunscreens aren’t ideal for people of color. Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

2 Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross’ love for her favorite sunscreen, Epicuren X-Treme Cream Propolis, is down to aesthetics. “It looks natural,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “Some sunscreens are not great if you’re a person of color.” Dr. Peng tells LIVESTRONG.COM the difference is ingredients: Opaque sunscreens are physical blockers, containing ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which reflect UV light away from skin. Chemical blockers tend to go on clear and absorb the light, and people are more likely to be allergic to them.

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3. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron carries sunscreen with her wherever she goes. Photo Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

3 Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron has said multiple times the most essential piece to her anti-aging routine is sunscreen. “I don’t go out of my house a day without sunblock. I stash it in my car. I put it on my hands when I’m driving. I am a sunblock fanatic,” she told InStyle. According to Dr. Peng, there are two types of ultraviolet light linked to skin cancer: UVA and UVB. UVB causes sunburns, and UVA produces wrinkles. To keep skin safe from the sun, Dr. Peng says to choose a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum,” which means it protects skin from both UVB and UVA.

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4. Zac Efron
Zac Efron lathered on the sunscreen while filming “Baywatch.” Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

4 Zac Efron

Zac Efron spent a lot of time in the sun while filming “Baywatch,” and always wore sunblock. “I think sunscreen is super important. We were in the sun a lot; it was super hot,” he told Refinery29. “Wear sunscreen every day, please. No amount of sun is safe, in my opinion.” Some of Dr. Peng’s patients voiced concern that wearing sunblock prevents the production of vitamin D. Though sunscreen does reduce vitamin D production, Dr. Peng says that a stroll outside, slathered in sunscreen, is all the sun you need.

UP NEXT: This action star watched her fitness-loving parents struggle with skin cancer.

5. Sigourney Weaver
Growing up, Sigourney Weaver watched her parents struggle with skin cancer. Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

5 Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver uses sunscreen daily after witnessing her parents’ struggle with skin cancer. "Although they’d been very active and taken good care of themselves, they both suffered from skin cancer several times,” she told the Daily Mail. While avoiding the sun is best, Dr. Peng notes that spending time outside is essential to our health and happiness. So he recommends seeking shade, wearing long-sleeve clothing, a hat and of course, applying SPF 30.

UP NEXT: This glamorous actor believes that the simple things make the biggest difference in her beauty routine.

6. Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields believes that water and protection from the sun are essential to looking young. Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic/GettyImages

6 Brooke Shields

At 53 years old, Brooke Shields is still one of everyone’s biggest girl crushes. Though she practices a cleansing and moisturizing routine, the actor knows sun protection is key. “My husband perpetually makes fun of me about my creams and my jars and potions and lotions, but it’s simpler than anyone makes it: Clean, tone, keep yourself moisturized,” she told Health. “The rest is internal: Protect yourself from the sun and drink water.”

UP NEXT: This “Ocean’s 8” star uses multiple tactics to keep sun exposure at bay.

7. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway picked up her sunscreen habit from her mother. Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/FilmMagic/GettyImages

7 Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway opened up about important lessons she learned from her mother during an interview with The Sun, including a lifelong obsession with sunscreen. “My mom had some skin issues, and my grandmother had skin cancer. So she has taught me to wear factor 30 sun cream every day,” Hathaway said. “I even carry an umbrella if I walk in the sunshine and use spray tan if I need to look as if I’ve been sunbathing.”

What Do YOU Think?
What do you think? Photo Credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images Entertainment/GettyImages

What Do YOU Think?

What do you do to protect your skin from the sun? What’s your favorite sunscreen to use and why? Share in the comments section!

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