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Sunshine protection

Sunshine protection

Dermatologists have been telling us for years to use sunscreens daily to prevent skin damage. Now we finally have proof! A study was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine which examined the ability of sunscreens to prevent damage and aging from the sun. Several hundred patients from Australia were followed closely for more than four years. Patients who applied sunscreens daily were able to prevent sun-induced aging. For those who applied sunscreen a few times a week, instead of daily, it didn't work. That's a strong argument to use sunscreen at least once a day if you're going to be exposed to the sun.

Applying sunscreen properly is vital. Use SPF15 or higher and thoroughly coat all sun-exposed areas, and allow the product to dry. This includes the face, ears, neck and the back or hands, arms and legs. Reapply every 60 to 90 minutes if you're swimming. For additional protection, wear a wide brimmed hat, or stay in the shade of an umbrella when you can.

Contributor:
Joseph M. Newmark, M.D., P.C.
4104 Vestal Road, Vestal, NY