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Sunshine: being sure not to get too much of a good thing

PLATTSBURGH - With the advent of the warmer weather, Plattsburgh residents are increasingly baring more unprotected skin, to their own detriment.

The dangers of ultraviolet rays are publicly known, but individuals do not realize the severity of damaging exposure, noted Becky Rovers, an aesthetician with Adirondack Plastic Surgery Center.

"UV damage is every day, whether the sun is out or not," noted Rovers. "Most people, especially in this area tend to only wear sunscreen when their going to the beach."

However, daily sun protection is a must, emphasized Rovers.

"We tell people they should wear SPF 30 everyday," she said.

Candy Pollard, a cosmetologist, and New York State aesthetic guild member from Zeina's Salon, wholeheartedly agrees with Rovers.

"I always educate my clients as to the damages of the sun - the thing is just because it's cloudy doesn't mean the sun isn't there," she said.

The damage incurred by UV rays encompasses "fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots" among other negative skin impacts, noted Rovers.

Richard Lutinski, a local family practice practitioner, corroborated Rovers sentiments.

"The skin also suffers other affects from the sun, such as wrinkling and thinning. People who have sun exposure over a lifetime can have skin which appears leathery at an earlier age," he affirmed.

Pollard echoed that certainty, noting the negative aesthetic impacts on one's skin.

"Tanning ages - nobody wants to look older than their years," she stressed.

Unfortunately, Rovers sees many instances of sun damage daily.

"We spend a lot of time doing lesion consults, many patients that come in have precancerous lesions," acknowledged Rovers.

Lutinski is seeing a similar trend in his practice.

"We see a lot of precancerous and cancerous lesions, which all have to be removed surgically because they can spread," he said.

Pollard noted that a battle against UV rays is often a losing one.

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