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How to choose the correct sunscreen


MADISON (WKOW) -- The sun has been shining bright these past few days, but when we are out in it, we have to be sure to protect ourselves from those harmful UV rays, and that includes choosing the right sunscreen. 

Alicia Genthe, owner of Texture Salon and Spa in Madison, says it's important to know what you are looking for.

"Number one thing to look for is using a sunscreen that is labeled as having an SPF of 30," Genthe said. "Really look at your labels, does it say it offers UVA protection? Look for something that has both."

According to Genthe, the best ways to protect your skin is to reapply sunscreen every four hours, limit your time in the sun, and wear protective clothing.

The FDA has a proposal for a new way of rating sunscreen, which Genthe says is a four star rating system for protection against UVA rays that would be required on all sunscreens.

"One star means the sunscreen offers the lowest protection, four offering the highest," Genthe said. "And if the lotion leaves you completely defenseless against the sun's UVA rays, it will tell you that as well."

Most sunscreens already protect users from UVB rays, but Genthe says the FDA has only recently understood the negative health consequences of UVA rays. She says those rays can cause cancer, as well as premature aging of the skin, like wrinkles and sunspots. 

"Dermatologists recommend opting for an SPF of 30-plus, along with a UVA rating of three or four stars," Genthe said.

Genthe joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.
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