Physical Health

Home Care – Summer Skin Care Tips for Seniors

We all know that it is really important to avoid too much sun heat especially during summer days. With so many things happening during summer time, each passing year, the sun will also poses more of a risk to our skin and to our health as well because of the damage that we humans have done to the ozone layer of the Earth.

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According to experts, it leaves us vulnerable to UV (Ultraviolet) rays that can produce DNA damage in the skin and mucous membranes in which it causes genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer, premature skin aging, eye cataracts and other related eye conditions. It is too risky for seniors most especially because of their age.

We are suggested to wear sunscreen whenever we go to the beach or walking outdoors but it is simply not that enough to keep you protected anymore. These days, according to research and experts, skin cancer is now the most common type of cancer that occurs each year. Risk factors for skin cancer include pale skin that sunburns easily, a history of sunburns in the past, a weakened immune system and old age.

So to keep you updated and safe from too much heat of the sun particularly to our seniors, you can keep your skin healthy this summer by doing the following steps:

  1. Know and avoid the sun during its peak hours – Usually the sun or the harmful effects of the UV rays is strongest from 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. So if you are about to spend time outside your house during these hours, you should remain in the shade and never leave the house without sunscreen protection on. It is better to be safe than doing nothing.
  1. Always use sunscreen even if it is cloudy days – Whenever you don’t see the sun when you are about to go out on your house, it doesn’t mean that it can’t damage your skin. Always use sunscreen with SPF 30 or even higher than that during cloudy days. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. This is for all seniors and even to the younger generation.
  1. Wear hats and sunglasses when going out of your house – It is not always practical to wear long sleeves and pants when it is really hot especially during summer time. It is best that you should wear hats and sunglasses to protect your eyes which are incredibly effective for blocking the dangerous effect of the UV rays.
  1. Keep your body healthy by staying hydrated all the time – Especially during summer days, drinking water is essential to keep our entire body and immune system healthy which includes our skin. It is recommended that we need to drink particularly our seniors to eight or more glasses of water each day.
  1. For all ages, we need to take vitamin D supplement – We all know that sunshine is a natural source of vitamin D and since we are avoiding the direct sunlight, we can be potentially deficient in vitamin D especially our seniors. Taking a daily vitamin D supplement can help you combat any side effects of a deficiency.

It is important that we should do self-check with our body for sunspots or suspicious looking lesions that could lead to skin cancer. Be sure to follow these steps particularly if you have seniors in your home care to ensure that you have enough protection against damage to your skin.