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Protect Your Skin With Sunscreen
June 28, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox If you're on the beach or at working out in the sun all day... slathering on some sunscreen should be a no-brainer, but even on a cloudy day, potentially harmful ultraviolet rays are seeping through.

Dermatologist Dr. Nazem Abraham explained, "You're not going to burn as quickly, as easily, but you're still getting exposure."

If the sun is scorching, doctors say it's best to avoid peak hours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., when the sun's most harmful rays are present.

If you have to be out, cover up as much as possible, and slather on a sunscreen with a broad spectrum coverage. That will protect you from UVA and UVB rays.

But don't let the SPF coverage trick you. Dr. Abraham said, "(SPF) 30 is a good one. and a 60 is not twice is good as a 30. It's just incrementally better, perhaps."

Even if a label claims water-resistance, you still need to reapply after an hour or two if you're swimming or sweating excessively.

"It just depends on your activity what you're doing," said Dr. Abraham.

Whether you spray it on, or squeeze it out, just make sure you're staying protected every day.


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