How Seniors Can Protect Their Skin From the Sun
Skin protection begins with timing. UV light is harshest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it’s especially important to protect your skin during these times.
Using an SPF 15 or high-spectrum sunscreen drastically reduces your chances of getting a sunburn. Many people are averse to the astringent smell or dense application of traditional sunscreens, but there are many options that smell nice and can even be sprayed on.
If you’re engaging in lengthy outdoor activities, try to reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Covering up may sound counterintuitive for the summer months, but it’s actually one of the most effective ways to prevent sun damage to your skin. You don’t need to pull out jackets and turtlenecks, but long-sleeve shirts and pants made from linen or lightweight cotton can protect you while also wicking sweat from your body.
Similar to clothing, hats provide much-needed protection to the head and face. Wide-brimmed hats can help protect your eyes as well.
It may be impossible in some settings, but older adults should try to remain in the shade as much as possible. If you’re going to the beach, bring an umbrella. If you’re going to watch a loved one’s sporting event, bring a tailgating tent or sit in a wooded area.