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Dr. Z on springtime sun safety

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BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge dermatologist Dr. Z visited News 2 at 4 on Monday to talk about the necessary skin care precautions that should be taken as the temperatures warm and time in the sun once again becomes a viable option.

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are capable of damaging your skin in as little as 15 minutes. With this in mind, Dr. Z says your best bet to avoid damage to your skin is to apply a suitable sunscreen, early and often. In addition to the sunscreen, you can also wear protective clothing and make use of shade to give your exposed skin a break from the UV blast.

The dermatologist recommends applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before heading outdoors. She notes that it is important to stick to this particular skin care regimen even on cloudy or cool days as UV rays are still capable of damaging skin even when you wouldn't expect it. Sunscreen wears off, so be sure to put it on again if you're staying out in the sun longer than two hours or after swimming, sweating or toweling off. Sunscreen also has an expiration date, so be sure to check it to make sure the product you are applying will be of maximum effectiveness.

Check out the attached video to learn more about protecting your skin this spring. To contact Dr. Ann Zedlitz, give her office a call at (225) 778-7540.

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