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How to Save Your Skin

July 02, 1993|BARBARA BRONSON GRAY

In addition to using sunscreen, there are several other things dermatologists and others say parents and children can do to minimize their exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays:

* Avoid peak sun hours: 11 a.m to 4 p.m. during daylight-saving time.

* Wear a wide-brimmed hat; it reduces UV exposure by up to 50%, according to the National Society to Prevent Blindness.

* Wear tightly knit, dry clothing; it screens out virtually all UV rays.

* Put dark towels under a beach umbrella to help prevent reflection of the light from the sand.

* Avoid being out in the sun all day, no matter what protection you use.

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