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Protect Senior Skin During the Summer

Throughout the summer, it’s possible you haven’t been taking care of your skin like you should have been. Maybe you didn’t wear sunscreen as often as you should have, despite how important it is to protect senior skin during the summer. Some sun is good for you, but too much exposure to UV rays is dangerous– especially in those over 60, as skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer.

If you haven’t protected your skin the way you should have this season, you’re likely seeing the effects. So, as we send off the season in the month of August, give your skin the care it needs. Luckily, it’s easy to protect your senior skin from sun exposure.

Wear sunscreen

While it’s just another step in your routine to wear sunscreen with SPF (or “Sun Protection Factor), it’s important. You should be looking for an SPF of at least 30, and applying it generously to all exposed skin. Remember to apply slightly under your clothing, as clothing moves when you do. Reapply often, even if you’re not sweating or in water. If you are, you’ll want to reapply at least once an hour.

Wear protective clothing and accessories

Clothes that properly covers your skin– such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat– will help keep you safe from the harmful rays of the sun. You can also find UPF-rated clothing which means it has been tested and proven to protect you from UV rays.

Of course, you may not want to wear long shirts or pants during the warm days of summer. Instead, wear the most protective clothing you can without overheating and remember to wear sunscreen!

Stay hydrated

Throughout the summer, you should be drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. This is especially important when you’re out in the sun, as you can easily become dehydrated without realizing it. Drink water or fluids with electrolytes such as sports drinks. And avoid alcohol, as it will further dehydrate you.

You might wonder how hydration comes into play with sun protection, but it most certainly does. Your skin’s health is directly correlated to your hydration.

Don’t forget to protect your eyes too

Sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Just like your skin, your eyes can experience some serious eye damage from too much sun exposure. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. Polarized sunglasses are also great for your eye health. If you wear contact lenses, make sure they have UV protection.

Limit your time in the sun

This is probably the most difficult tip to follow, as spending time outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. But it’s important to limit your exposure to the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. If you must be outside during these hours, stay in the shade whenever possible. If you can’t avoid being in direct sunlight, make sure to take all the necessary precautions (wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat).

Home Care Arizona’s caregivers can help you stay safe this summer

The dedicated caregivers at Home Care Arizona can help seniors stay safe this summer. Our staff can ensure your fridge is full of healthy, hydrating meals, that you make all your dermatologist appointments on time, and so much more. Learn more about our services by calling us at (623) 526-6367.

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