The summer months are the perfect time for your senior loved one to get some fresh air and head outdoors, which could lift his or her mood and provide an opportunity to socialize. Aging skin loses some of its ability to protect itself against skin diseases, and being outdoors in the warm summer sun means special precautions need to be taken. Encourage your loved one to protect his or her skin this summer with these tips.
1. Always Use Sunscreen
Many seniors believe it’s not necessary to use sunscreen because melanoma (skin cancer) takes years to develop. However, this is not the case. With age, the ability of the body to repair damage in the DNA decreases, which means cancer cells can be formed more easily. Past DNA damage can also cause cancer to form. Your loved one needs to apply a generous layer of sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outdoors and before getting dressed to ensure no exposed skin is missed. The sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours while outdoors or more often if your loved one is swimming or sweating.
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2. Keep Hydrated
Many seniors have dry, itchy skin due to naturally losing oil, medications, and health conditions. Skin is approximately 64 percent water. When dehydrated from being out in the warm sun and sweating, the skin is one of the first areas to feel the effects, becoming increasingly dry and itchy. Bring plenty of water bottles in a cooler and encourage your loved one to drink water often while outdoors to stay hydrated and prevent dry skin.
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3. Stay Indoors During Peak Sun Hours
Even with sunscreen, your loved one should avoid being outdoors when the sun is at its strongest between 10am and 4pm. Ultraviolet rays do the most damage during this time, putting your loved one at risk of losing skin elasticity and developing skin cancer.
4. Use Light Clothing to Protect the Skin
Even when wearing sunscreen, it’s important to prevent too much skin from being exposed to the sun. With age comes a diminished ability to regulate body temperatures, which can result in becoming overheated by being in the sun too long. Light clothing such as a light jacket, a loose long-sleeved blouse, comfortable pants, and a light wide-brimmed hat can shield your loved one’s skin from the sun, preventing him or her from being uncomfortable and overheating.
5. Apply Sun-Protective Lip Balm
Sun and wind damage could leave your loved one’s lips burned, chafed, and chapped. Applying lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 and reapplying it throughout the day as needed can keep his or her lips soft and moist.
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