Health Watch — Great Skin: Sun Protection

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about taking care of your skin. Previously, we offered four steps toward great skin. The first step was using a sunblock daily. The sun is the biggest culprit behind signs of skin aging, including wrinkles and age spots.

Dr. Stan Taylor, a dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the best way to protect your skin from the sun is to cover up and use sunscreen whenever you’re outside in the sun. The sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 15 and should protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. Wear it whenever you’re outdoors, all year, even if you’re only out for small amounts of time. When you feel the sun on your skin, try to find shelter in the shade or by covering your skin.

In addition to aging, sun exposure also raises the risk for skin cancer.  

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March 2007

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