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Find Proper Way To Protect Yourself From Harmful UV Rays

Posted July 29, 2005 6:37 a.m. EDT

— Ultraviolet radiation cannot be seen or felt. It is present even on a cloudy day. It penetrates the skin potentially causing sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging, but there are ways to protect yourself.

The first line of prevention is sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 or higher, applied every two hours.

"Actually, I look for the one that says 50+ to protect them because I really don't want them to get burned," mother Ramona Vella said.

"I actually wasn't wearing sunscreen at all and it was cloudy like. It was like overcast and I ended up, my face got really burned," said beach visitor Kelsey Van Meter.

Wearing a T-shirt does not provide much protection from the UV rays.

"In fact, a white T-shirt has been shown to have a SPF factor of 4. Pretty close to nothing," dermatologist Dr. Robert Clark said.

Clark said clothing is like sunscreen with different SPF factors. Tight knit and dark clothing is best.

"If you can see through the shirt or light is shining right through it, you know you're not getting great protection," he said.

Australian Christian Barnes said his country has the highest skin cancer rate in the world, so you will not see him without sunscreen, a hat and his special shirt.

"It's called a rash shirt that has a UV protection in it as well," he said.

One blistering sun burn actually doubles your risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.