March 16, 2021

EP. 205 — Does Sun Protection Have That “It” Factor? with Dr. Emily Newsom

Spring is on its way, the sun is shining, and we want to make sure you’re prepared to bask in the warm weather—even with your masks on! This week on Getting Curious, we’re re-releasing an episode from July 2019 on sun protection with Dr. Emily Newsom. Listen back as Jonathan and Dr. Newsom discuss the science behind sunscreen, tips for managing sun exposure, and more.


Dr. Emily Newsom is a board certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at UCLA Medical Center. You can follow Dr. Newsom on Instagram @derm_chat.

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JVN [00:00:03] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m re-airing an episode from July 2019 with dermatologist Dr. Emily Newsom, where I ask her: Does Sun Protection Have That “It” Factor? Welcome to “Getting Curious.” This is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited on this episode, we’re going to talk about skin, sunscreen, and what is going on. So to do that, we’ve got Dr. Emily Newsom, a dermatologist, a literal doctor. How are you? DR. EMILY NEWSOM [00:00:40] Hi. Thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited to be here. JVN [00:00:43] Thank you for coming. So basically, you went to school and then you went to med school and then you became a dermatologist. DR. EMILY NEWSOM [00:00:50] Yes. JVN [00:00:51] Which a dermatologist is? DR. EMILY NEWSOM [00:00:53] We specialize in anythi

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