Are you protecting yourself from the sun properly? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Are you protecting yourself from the sun properly?

By Jason Belk - bio | email
 
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - When most think of summertime, images of hanging out on a beach or laying out by the pool almost immediately come to mind.
 
Spending too much time outside in the sun without taking proper precautions could be leaving your body at risk.
 
For Ashley Johnson, a clear sunny weekend offers the perfect chance to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather.
 
"I really enjoy just sitting out here and relaxing, going fishing on the lake.  There's a lot to do here, it really is nice in the summer to get to come out and enjoy it all," said Johnson.
 
While hanging outside during the summer can be some of the most relaxing and enjoyable days, it is important to take the proper precautions if you're going to be in the sun for an extended period of time.
 
"The first thing I do mainly before I leave the house is myself and my baby, we both get pretty sunscreened up, because her skin is so delicate and I don't like to burn.  With it as hot as it is, I think it's very safe that we're prepared," said Johnson.
 
Skin experts say it is the UV rays from the sun that are harmful to people, too much skin exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can lead to a number of health problems, ranging from a sunburn to even skin cancer.
 
There are a number of tips skin experts encourage all people to follow before going outside in the sun:
-       You must apply it about 30 minutes before you head outside.
-       there's no such thing as all-day protection.
-       All skin tones need protection.
-       Children of all ages can wear sun screen.
 
By following these rules it can become safer on your skin to have some fun in the sun.
 
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