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UV Index: What It Means For Your Skin

Elaine Cook, Amarillo Dermatologist Elaine Cook, Amarillo Dermatologist

"There's no excuse...no reason not to." That's what Amarillo dermatologist Elaine Cook says about wearing sunscreen.

On Tuesday, Amarillo had a high UV-Index rating, which can be very detrimental to your skin. The UV Index tells the intensity of UVA and UVB rays hitting your skin from the sun. UVA rays are the ones that cause skin cancer. UVB rays are the ones that cause aging, wrinkles and general skin discoloration.

NewsChannel 10 Meterologist John Harris says the Panhandle typically sees a high UV Index on average in the summertime. That's due to several factors, including our high elevation and general lack of moisture. A word to the wise... don't let the weather fool you. Just because it's cloudy outside, doesn't mean the sun isn't taking its toll on your skin.


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