There are more ways to mess up sun protection than just, you know, forgetting to use it
These pros spend their days in the high alpine and dry desert. Here's how they protect their skin.
Use these sunscreens now, and in 30 years your skin will thank you
Don't let pesky skeeters hold you back from enjoying the great outdoors
It's safe for you but likely not for your pricey apparel. Here's how to avoid trashing your fancy outerwear with bug repellent.
Because sometimes you don’t want to catch some rays
Here's how to do it without breaking the bank
Yeah, it's been around 136 years for a reason
As sea levels rise and megastorms become more frequent and intense, answering that question might be the key to preserving coastal life as we know it
In back-to-back days, Michaela Kiersch and Paige Claassen secured the first and second female ascents of Necessary Evil, a 5.14c in Arizona
You can take the Outdoor Retailer trade show out of Salt Lake, but you can't take the Salt Lake blues out of the show
A new case study digs into the medical records of a lost diver's incredible survival story
Yeah, it's gross, but we have to talk about it. Here's how to prevent wet conditions from ruining your backpacking trip.
For those who are always on the road—or just like to keep their closet spartan—we built an outfit that works as well on Friday as it did last Monday.
Up your skin-care game with these cold-weather remedies.
Don’t skimp on skivvies.
Her top tip: don't forget the coffee
It takes more than a pack of toothpicks to feel fresh and clean on the road
Cover up with these long-sleeved women's shirts and pants
Get maximum protection—and avoid nasty chemicals—with these eight natural sunscreens
To find out, I put both chemical and mineral formulas to the test
These potions nourish skin without toxic chemicals
We'll forgive you for leaving these pieces of gear at home—even though you shouldn't
The products the pros use to keep their hands and feet happy and healthy
Utah Skier Aaron Rice set out to break a world record for skiing uphill. In December, 2.5 million vertical feet later, he broke it. Along the way, he learned a few things about setting an ambitious goal and staying motivated.
These 9 open-air tubs are worth traveling for.
A cooler that does double duty as an air conditioner.
Like any wilderness mission, trail running requires savvy prep and the right equipment. Pack your bag wisely.
Cold is brutal on skin. Keep your armor smooth with these simple remedies.
No, don't stop using it. But you need to go beyond SPF and add more protection to your arsenal.
Most of us shower daily to stay clean. But from a scientific standpoint, our modern hygiene habits are overrated.
Whether you're an elite rock climber or just plain hard on your hands, these are the tips you need to keep your skin strong and healthy.
With a little help from Make-A-Wish, Yosemite’s first honorary park ranger earns his keep and proves his strength
Some good foods contains natural SPF—and you should be eating more of them
From long flights to backpacking treks, one of the ugly universal truths of travel is a condition known as stanky bottom. Toilet paper is no match for this. In fact, it often exacerbates the problem, causing chafing and other issues. When stanky bottom strikes—and strike it will—you’re going to need…
Take a break from winter in a mineral bath that will soothe your soul.
I have a giant stick of Old Spice that seems like it’s never going to run out. I think I’ve had it for four years. I don’t see an expiration date, so does it still work? Does deodorant expire?
A few tips from Dr. Luanne Freer, founder of the Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic.
Keep ticks (and Lyme Disease) away this summer with a few simple guidelines
Carl Zimmer walks into the woods to find out why these tiny beasts are skyrocketing in number—and outsmarting scientists with every bite
The FDA regulates sunscreens just like any over-the-counter drug, which means that all those words on the label actually mean something. Here's what you need to know to slather smart.
I feel like whenever it’s cold outside, I have to pee more. Same thing goes for swimming in cold water. What’s going on?
I live in Minnesota, so for half of the year I either exercise indoors or am pretty covered up. How often should I be screened for skin cancer?
Scientists previously thought that the smooth, hairless surfaces of fingers and toes wrinkled up like raisins after they got wet because water passed into the outermost layer of skin, causing it to swell. But recent studies have shown that the wrinkling is not a result of osmosis, but rather an…
The only thing ski season is harder on than your knees is your face.
I always get the post-workout chills, even when it’s warm outside. What causes them, and is there anything I can do to avoid it in future?
As an athlete, is my skin more susceptible to damage during the winter? What can I do to protect it?
A guy calls, says he found some mysterious papers left behind by a dead relative who apparently shrunk human heads and bodies. Do we wanna come see? Uh, no. But we knew Mary Roach would.
You'd be amazed at how far scientists have progressed in their ability to turn humans into unstoppable athletic machines. Here's a peek at a future that's coming fast.
Any dermatologist will tell you: Wear sunscreen every day, even if you're just hanging around town. But picking the right one is where it gets complicated. According to a 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group, nearly 30 percent of sunscreens don't have strong enough protection from UVA, the sun's most prevalent, carcinogenic rays. Then there
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I will be going hiking and kayaking in Hawaii next summer, but I concerned about the sun because of my very fair complexion. What are some good choices for clothing to help protect me from the ravages of the sun? Jeff Minneapolis, Minnesota
As anybody who's been hiking on the West Coast knows, getting "poison oaked" is a miserable experience. So, have you ever heard of Zanfel? According to the company's Web site, this soap is supposed to remove the urushiol from poison oak even after you get the rash. Unfortunately, it's really expensiveabout $40 for a one-ounce tube! Does this stuff really work, or is it just snake oil? Rusty San Francisco, California