Health Watch — Summer Kickoff: Sun Screen

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Although the calendar says it won’t be summer for a few more weeks, many of us are already enjoying summer weather and summer activities. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some summer health concerns. When you think of summer, you think of the sun, but the sun can cause wrinkles, skin damage and even skin cancer.

That’s why Dr. Erin Welch, a skin cancer specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you need to apply sun screen daily. Look for a sun screen with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects against UVA and UVB radiation and apply it half an hour before going outside. Reapply after swimming or sweating. Don’t limit your sun screen use to summer activities. Make it a daily habit year-round and you’ll protect your skin from a lot of damage.


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