For many of us, summer is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. However, the sun’s UV rays can potentially be dangerous, especially for older adults. As we age, our skin can become more sensitive to sun exposure because it actually starts to get thinner. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans develops skin cancer by age 70, which is another concern of why you should be careful spending long days in the sun.
The good news is that there are several things you can start doing right now to protect yourself from skin damage and keep your skin in good shape for the summer. Keep reading for 5 easy summer skincare tips for seniors in the summer.
1. Shield with Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen every day as a precaution against damaging sun exposure. The ingredients in sunscreen help protect against ultraviolet radiation, so it should be a part of your daily skincare regimen. Reapply sunscreen at least every 90 minutes if you’re going to be outside for several hours, and after every dip in the pool. Choose a product with SPF of at least 50 with “broad-spectrum protection” for maximum protection.
2. Enjoy the Shade
Stay cool and avoid overexposure to the sun by finding ways to keep your skin in the shade. In addition to finding a shady spot under a tree, protective gear and accessories such as sunglasses, an umbrella or a wide-brimmed hat can be helpful on a hot summer day.
3. Blast Away the Bugs
Bites from mosquitos and other pesky insects are not only annoying, but scratching can lead to skin irritation, scarring, or even an infection. Try using a non-toxic bug repellent before fun in the sun to keep the bugs away. You can also protect your skin from bug bites by wearing loose-fitting clothing to cover your arms and legs.
4. Check Your Prescriptions
Did you know that some prescription medications could leave you more sensitive to sun exposure? In fact, some medication labels advise staying out of the sun because of negative effects like sunburn or swelling. Be sure to read the fine print regarding your prescriptions and check with your doctor or pharmacist to be safe.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Last but certainly not least, it’s crucial to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, but especially so during the summer. Dehydration increases with age, and water is essential for our bodies to function. Drinking water will help maintain balance in your body and keep your skin moisturized. Water is your best bet for hydration, but fruits and vegetables like celery and watermelon will help as well.
At Peabody Retirement Community, we have a variety of comfortable amenities and engaging activities for you to enjoy in the summer. If you’d like to beat the heat, our senior wellness center proves several exercise programs so you can stay active and healthy. For more information about our senior living options, contact us today for more information or to schedule a personal tour.