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Experts urge summer sun protection

By Chuck Weber email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-In hot, sunny conditions like we saw on Wednesday, you have to take it easy and stay hydrated. And you have to protect yourself from the sun's strong damaging rays.

At the Clematis Street fountain in downtown West Palm Beach, we found Cindy Rintel applying sunscreen to her six-year old son.

"He's too little, has very white sensitive skin," said Rintel. "I always use it for him. We live in Florida. You have to be careful of the sun."

West Palm Beach dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Beer says if you're out longer than 10 to 15 minutes this time of year, you need to cover up well and apply sunscreen to exposed areas.

"I like to recommend higher numbers of sunscreen than in the winter," said Dr. Beer. "I like to go to SPF 50, 60 or higher. And it's really important now to have a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection." Dr. Beer says African-Americans and those with darker complexions don't need sunscreen the highest SPF values, but still need at least a 30, when out for extended periods.

Beer says he does not recommend everyone put on SPF 15 every day upon leaving house. Beer explained, "You tell people put on 15 every day, those patients are the ones that tend to get into trouble because they'll put the 15 on and spend the whole weekend outside. I'd rather have them be more situational aware and use a high SPF when they need it."

Dr. Beer says he also likes clothing made of special fabric designed to protect from the sun's rays. "Sun protective clothing works great," exclaims Beer. "It's cheap protection. It's effective protection."

Makers of these clothes have greatly expanded offerings in recent years. Good quantities of sun protective hats, shirts and pants are now easily found at sporting good chains and on line. Even umbrellas are now made with sun protective material.

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