The summer season is an excellent time for senior adults to spend most of their time outdoors with families. Taking a few trips to the beach, playing baseball games, inviting friends over for a barbecue and other outdoor activities can benefit a senior’s mental and physical health. However, with fun comes the risk of sunburns or sun poisoning. Learn how to choose a safe sunscreen for seniors.
Seniors with fragile skin need safe sunscreen to protect them from harmful UV rays. If you’re preparing to spend most of your time out in the sun, Advancare recommends carrying a bottle of sunscreen and applying after every three hours or as necessary. If you have a caregiver taking you around, they can pack the sunscreen and help you apply it throughout the day to protect your skin from sunburns.
Sunscreen Tips for Seniors
According to the CDC, less than half of older adults protect their skin after being outside for more than an hour on a sunny day which increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Sunscreen can be a reliable product if used properly. That means you need to know how to use it effectively to get the most out of it. Here are a few tips to guide you.
Choose a Sunscreen for Seniors With Broad-Spectrum Protection
The sun emits UVB and UVA rays. The UVB rays cause sunburn, while the UVA rays are responsible for premature aging. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect you from both types of UV rays.
Use a Sunscreen With SPF 30 or Higher
The Skin Protection Factor (SPF) is the number indicating the ability to block UVB rays. The most recommended type is sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and above.
Apply Generously and Regularly
It may seem tedious to keep applying sunscreen on your skin every few hours. However, if you plan to be out for more than an hour, it’s essential to carry your sunscreen with you. Our caregivers at Advancare can help you keep up with this routine to protect your skin from sunburn or further damage.
Use Different Sunscreen Formats
While they all have the same purpose, using creams, sprays, gels, lotions can help you apply faster, especially if you’re in the sun for too long. Sprays and creams can cover larger surface areas and hard-to-reach areas such as the legs, back and arms.
Follow the Directions on the Bottle
The sunscreen producers often recommend generous applications for the best results. It’s essential to follow these instructions for maximum protection.
The Facts About Skin Health
Here are a few facts about skin health we thought you should know:
- Staying in the shade and covering your skin from head to toe offer the best protection from UV rays.
- Water-resistant doesn’t always mean waterproof. The FDA recommends applying sunscreen every two hours if you’re swimming or sweating.
- Your skin is home to more than 1,000 species of bacteria.
- Severely damaged skin can try to heal itself by forming scar tissue which is different from normal skin tissue as it lacks sweat glands and hair.
- Changes in your skin health signal changes in your overall health.
Need Home Care Services? Talk To Us!
At Advancare, we understand that handling certain activities like bathing, grooming or simply applying sunscreen on your skin before heading out this summer can take a toll on your body. That’s why we ensure that you find reliable, qualified, compassionate and caring caregivers to help you stay safe, healthy and happy. Contact us to learn more about our services.Tags: safe sunscreen for seniors