Summer Safety Tips: Protect Senior Skin From Sun

It’s summer and the sun is out! As a senior you need to practice summer safety. We have all heard that excessive sun exposure can age your skin. As a senior with already aged skin you cannot forget to continue protecting your skin from the sun.

UV protection is important at every age, but especially as a senior. As you age your skin becomes weaker and struggles to defend against harmful UV rays. Be responsible this summer and use these tips for protecting your skin against the sun.

Apply sunscreen the right way
According to , “Sunscreen should be a water-resistant, broad-spectrum product that protects against both UVA (ultraviolet short-wave) and UVB (ultraviolet long-wave) rays, with an SPF or sun protection factor of 30 or higher. It should be applied before you get dressed, so you can be sure that you haven’t missed any spots. Dr. Kauvar says it’s important to pay special attention to the hands and feet, as well as any bald spots on an elderly person’s head. Lip balm with an SPF at least 30 should also be used, and reapplied after eating.”

Don’t forget to moisturize
When you get older your skin can be prone to dryness. Dry skin is even more prevalent with heat and sun damage. Be sure to apply plenty of moisturizer and drink fluids.

Accessorize correctly
When planning to go out in the sun you can let your outfit help you protect your skin. Wear light colored clothing and long sleeves to protect your arms. Choose large brimmed hats to keep the sun off your face and neck. Even your sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes from the bright sun. Wear glasses that block UVA and UVB rays. This will help reduce cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Choose the right time of day
The sun is most harmful between the hours of 10am and 4pm. If you are planning activities int he summer sun try to limit it to these hours when the sun is less intense.

Many people assume that seniors do not need to worry about sun damage. This could not be more false! Your skin is delicate and has already endured decades of sun damage, making you more likely to develop skin cancer.

Be smart and look out for your friends and family when out int he sun this summer.