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Sunscreen - Protecting Your Skin
by Rebecca L. Euwer, M.D.

article was printed in "Dallas Tennis News"
summer issue/05

Dr. Rebecca L. Euwer
University Park, TX

Dr. Rebecca L. Euwer is a clinical associate pro- fessor at UT South- western Medical Center, Dallas, TX. She has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005; America's Top Physicians, 2004-2005 edition; DMagazine's "Best Doctors in Dallas" in 1999 and 2001; Leaders Society by the Dermatology Foundation 1995-1999. Received the Physician's Recognition Award by the Amercian Medical Association in 2001 and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 2000-2001.

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The sun emits two different kinds of ultraviolet waves: UVB are shortwave rays that cause the reddening of the skin, UVA are the long-wave rays that accelerate the aging of the skin. A good sunscreen protects you from both of these rays. Three key ingredients to look for are PABA derivatives, benzophenones and avobenzone (or zinc oxide/titanium oxide).

Tennis players need to use water-resistant or sweat proof sunscreen. This should be applied 30 minutes before you play so it can absorb into your skin. You should always use an SPF rating of 15 or higher. When choosing a sunscreen, be sure to look for the Skin Cancer Foundations's Seal of Approval. This will guarantee that the product meets the highest standards for safety and effectiveness.

Hats with screens and SPF clothing are also a great way to protect yourself. Solumbra is a clothing company that now produces outfits with an SPF of 30. A regular white cotton t-shirt has an SPF of 5. That means you can easily tan/burn through your shirt. Washing your clothing in RITIT brings that SPF up to 30.

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