Senior Summer Skin CareFriday, July 26, 2019
The “Dog Days” of summer are here!
Protecting your skin in late summer heat.
Summer skin care for senior citizens is vitally important. Not only is it vital to avoiding skin cancer, it also helps you avoid dehydration and heat stroke. Summer might be ending soon, but late summer in Cleveland means the “dog days,” some of the hottest of the year. Here’s some summer skin care tips for senior citizens to help you keep safe this year:
Find some shade.
When you were younger, you might have enjoyed sunbathing, but sunbathing as a senior isn’t necessarily a great idea. Find a shady area to take a break in when the sun becomes too much. Hats are a great idea (they don’t need to be big straw hats - a simple ball cap can often do the trick). If you can’t find a nice shady spot, create your own with an umbrella.
Always wear sunscreen.
You should keep an SPF of at least 15 or higher on your body at all times. Reapply every two hours throughout the day. All sunscreens are not created equally. Older skin can dry out quickly, so if you can find a moisturizing sunscreen, that will work even better!
Avoid peak sun times.
The sun is at its brightest and does the most damage between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Avoid outdoor activities during that time!
If you can wear loose fitting clothing and longer sleeves, your body will be better protected against sun damage. There are clothing lines that have UV protection built in, so that might be something to check for when putting together your ensemble.
Take advantage of the nice weather to pay a visit to McGregor PACE! We’d love to show you around and tell you about the great activities and services we offer to help you live at home longer! Contact us today!