Easy Summer Skin Care Tips for Older Adults
Taking care of your skin and protecting it from the sun is important at any age, but older adults are especially vulnerable to the sun’s strong ultraviolet rays. As we age, our skin can become thinner and more sensitive to sun exposure. Skin cancer is also a concern, with one in five Americans developing skin cancer by age 70, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take right now to shield yourself from skin damage and keep your skin healthy for the summer. Follow these simple tips for a summer skincare regimen that’s right for you.
6 Simple Tips for Healthy Skin in the Summer
- Be Sure to Stay Hydrated
It’s harder for our skin to stay hydrated as we get older. Drinking water is essential throughout the day for our bodies to function, especially during the warm summer months. Try to carry a water bottle with you as you move about your day, taking small sips whenever you can. Fruits and vegetables such as watermelon and celery also contain high levels of water to keep you hydrated.
- Apply Sunscreen Often
Sunscreen helps protect against ultraviolet radiation, so make sure you always have some nearby. If you’ll be in the sun for several hours, reapply at least every 90 minutes to keep it effective. Choosing a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum protection” will protect against UVB and UVA rays, and aim for SPF of at least 50.
- Stay in the Shade
There are many ways to avoid overexposure to the sun, and most are easy and inexpensive. A wide-brimmed hat, a pair of sunglasses, or a beach umbrella can help you stay cool and protected from the sun. A good tip is to have a shady spot picked out in case you need a break from the sun.
- Moisturize Everyday
Adding moisturizing cream or lotion to your daily skincare routine will prevent your skin from drying out and act as a barrier from the sun’s UV rays. It’s very common for moisturizers to contain SPF, so you can keep your skin protected and moisturized at the same time. If you have sensitive skin, you can try a facial moisturizer with SPF to avoid irritation.
- Be Careful with Medications
Some prescription medications can leave you more sensitive to sun exposure, which could cause sunburn, swelling or other negative effects. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to read the fine print on your regular medications to avoid negative side effects and interactions.
- Keep the Bugs Away
Bug bites from mosquitos and other summer insects aren’t just annoying – scratching the areas can lead to irritation, infection or even scarring, especially if you scratch excessively. Protect your skin from bug bites by wearing loose clothing that will cover exposed parts of your body such as your arms and legs. And for some added protection, try a non-toxic bug repellent before you go outdoors.
Vibrant Summer Senior Living at Saint Simeon’s
At Saint Simeon’s, we have a variety of comfortable amenities and engaging activities for you to enjoy in the summer. Take a stroll on one of our walking paths or relax on the patio in our beautiful courtyards. If you’d like to beat the heat, our senior wellness center proves several exercise programs so you can stay indoors while being active and healthy. For more information about our senior living options, contact us today for more information or schedule a personal tour and see for yourself what vibrant living looks like.