UV index in “high” category, residents reminded to wear sunblock

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Western Massachusetts got to enjoy some bright and sunny days. 

We are not in summer yet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear sunblock.

Spring took its time to get here. So when western Massachusetts experienced sunny and mild days, most people just wanted to be outside. 

The UV Index over the last couple of days was in the high category, which means there is a high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. 22News talked with a dermatologist who said it’s not just about wearing sunblock, but it’s about how you wear it. 

Dr. Stanley Glazer, M.D., of the New England Dermatology & Laser Center, told 22News, “What is important is that you put it on properly, some people don’t put it on properly. They use 15 or 30, we recommend 30, but if you don’t put it on properly, it’s like not putting it on at all.

Dr. Glazer also told 22News to make sure you are applying your sunscreen on every part of your body that is being exposed to the sun, even your hands. Also, make sure you apply your sunblock an hour before you go out in the sun.

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