As you age, your skin becomes more delicate and vulnerable to sun damage. That’s why it needs more care and protection more than ever, especially during the summer time.
As we all know, the ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause sunspots, wrinkles and worse of all, skin cancer. As older adults, you have already been exposed to the sun longer which means that the chances of experiencing skin damage and cancer is higher. If you didn’t care much about protecting your skin when you were younger, well you should now.
1. Apply sunscreen.
I’m sure you already know this but the question is if you’re applying enough. Make sure to apply sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 before going out in the sun. If you are going swimming or different outdoor activities, use a water resistant one and re-apply at least every two hours.
2. Keep exposure in moderation.
Protecting yourself from sun damage doesn’t mean to never go outdoors. The sun is still the key source of Vitamin D which is essential to our health. Just remember to limit your sun exposure and opt for shade if possible. Avoid going outdoors between 10 am to 2 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
3. Wear appropriate clothing and accessories.
Aside from sunblock, choose clothing and accessories that can serve as protection from the sun. Wear light colored clothes, don a wide-brimmed hat and wear protective sunglasses that offer 99-100% UV protection to prevent damage to the sensitive skin around your eyes.
4. Moisturize before and after sun exposure.
Aside from sunblock, you should also moisturize your face and skin with a mild moisturizer/lotion that is free from harsh chemicals because the skin is more prone to dryness during old age and sun exposure. After-sun products are also as important as sunscreens, as they nourish the skin with minerals and vitamins to restore hydration on dehydrated skin.
5. Be aware of your medications that increase photo sensitivity.
Some medications can increase your sensitivity to UV rays that can cause exaggerated skin rash or sunburn. So make it a habit to know the medications that you take or consult with your healthcare provider before exposing yourself from the sun.
6. Eat right and stay hydrated!
The best way to protect your skin is eating healthy and drinking lots and lots of water. Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants and protein to nourish and repair your skin from sun damage. Extreme exposure to the sun can cause dehydration and heat stroke that’s why keeping yourself hydrated all throughout the day is highly important.