Protect yourself from the summer heat

With the strong sun rays, it's important to wear sunscreen

VICTORIA,Texas–When looking for sunscreen, be sure to find one that protects you from UVA and UVB rays.

These are the rays that can penetrate your skin and put you at high risk for sun cancer, while making your skin leathery. Health department nurse Maribel Rojas, advises those that are going to be outside for long periods of time to wear a big hat, long sleeves and wear sunglasses.

“Sunblock is essential to prevent skin cancer about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun,” said Rojas.

Everyone could get sun cancer regardless of age, gender or race. Rojas also suggested reapplying the sun screen every two hours.

“The other thing is to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you are going to be exposed to the sun. It takes 30 minutes for the sun block to fully bind to the skin,” continued Rojas.

Some other tips to help keep you and your family safe are; drink plenty of water before going out, take breaks from being out in the sun, and frequently check on children and the elderly.

Heat related illnesses can be very dangerous and even life threatening. Stay aware, apply sun screen, but also remember to have fun.