Tips on protecting your skin from the sun

wwny Tips on protecting your skin from the sun

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - We're not seeing the sun as much as we'd like these days, but when the clouds do break, it's important to protect yourself and your children.

Babies can start using small amounts of sunscreen at around six months.

Experts say go for sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, but 30 is ideal.

Early sun protection is vital. Overexposure causes sunburn and later in life can lead to skin cancer and other problems..

Danielle Gagnon makes sure her two sons wear their sunscreen before they play outside.

“We use sweet almonod oil. It’s a better alternative to the store brand suncreen and stuff like that because it’s organic and all natural and it doesn’t have all those harmful chemicals,” said Gagnon.

“Everybody needs to wear suncscreen. Some skin types are more prone to sunburns and skin damage from the sun, but everybody is at risk,” Dr. Scott Stern, North Country Family Health Center.

Other tips: be sure your children are well covered with clothing, and it’s a good idea to avoid the hours when the sun is at it’s strongest - from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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