Don’t get burned: Wear sunblock, read labels

Summer is here. That means outdoor fun and, if you’re not careful, sunburns.

Besides using hats or limiting time outdoors, pay attention to labels when buying your sun protection. Sunblock and sunscreen aren’t interchangeable words. For many people, sunblocks can be more effective at protecting than sunscreens.

“Sunblocks containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are excellent at preventing UV damage. However, some patients prefer sunscreens to sunblock because they tend to be less ‘pasty’ appearing,” Said Dr. Ramsey Markus, associate professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Be vigilant about protecting your skin. Follow these tips.

wear-sunblock

Read more tips on staying safe this summer.

By Andy Phifer

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