Archive for June 27th, 2008

Outdoor Safety: Saving Your Skin

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Now that summer is here, you’ll be spending more time outdoors, wearing less clothing. We say—cover up—with sunscreen.

We know that skin cancers are caused by excessive skin exposure, and not even excessive sun exposure in fair complected people. It’s important to wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancers in the future.

Dermatologist Toni Funicella (foo-ni-sella) says Texans should apply sunscreen daily since our state boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine a year.

The sunscreen people should wear in this part of the country should begin with an SPF or sun protection factor of at least a 30.

If you must wear sunscreen—and you must—Dr. Funicella says experiment until you find one you like.

What people need to look for in a sunscreen is one they’ll wear and find one they like. That is, they like the way it goes on, feels, smells and they won’t mind applying it more than once a day.

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That’s our show…with research and writing help from Alanna Jones… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.