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Summer Skin Dangers

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It is getting closer to summer in Texoma and it may be time to pick up some sunscreen.

Priscilla Pleva, a Wichita Falls parent of three kids, spent Wednesday afternoon in the shade watching her children play on the playground at Lucy Park; a day where temperatures reached in the upper 90s.

However her kids were not wearing sunscreen.

"With it being 85-90 degrees my kids don't sunburn very easy,” said Pleva.

Scorching temperatures during the hot summer months can be dangerous if people are not protected.

“People need to be aware of the weather. Whether it’s a cloudy day or a sunny day they're still going to get exposed to ultra violet radiation, Dr. Terry Garbacz, a Dermatologist, with over 20 years experience explained.

Dr. Garbacz said there is a way people can enjoy the sun and still protect themselves.

He said that simple process can save your skin from burning and possibly save your life.

"When you’re looking for sunscreens, the SPF factor which shows the strength of sunscreens, but you have to be careful with that because the measurements that have been done based upon putting quite a bit on and reapplying it,” said Dr. Garbacz.

He said the standard SPF rating is 30, but they are products with higher ratings. He said the higher the rating may seem more likely to protect your skin, but the key is how and when to apply.

"You don't have to have it when it’s opaque where you have a thick white past all over your skin,” said Dr. Garbacz. “It has to go on thick enough to where it’s not just a very, very small film that you tried to stretch out over your whole body.”

Dr. Garbacz said its ideal to use sunscreen anytime you know you will be outdoors in the sun.

Pleva said she does not mind applying sunscreen to her kids if it means protecting their skin.

"I would do sun screen whether or not it’s a hassle. As long it protects my kids.” said Pleva.

Dr.Garbacz said there are alternatives to not wearing sunscreen. He explained there are specialized sun protective clothing that people can purchase that are just as effective.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6