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Senior Summer Skin Care Tips

Everyone, at every age, should be mindful of their skin care during the summer. But seniors are especially vulnerable to the sun’s strong rays. If you plan to spend time outdoors, here are a few important tips to remember.

1. Moisturizer Acts as A Skin Defense

Besides their daily facial wash, seniors should add moisturizing cream to their routines. Choosing a moisturizer with higher SPF is vital to protect your skin all day long. Try to avoid any scratching or intensive scrubbing of skin. As people age, their skin becomes more sensitive to harsh soaps and scrubs. Opt, instead, for a soft wash, followed by a moisturizing cream recommended by your doctor.

A bit of natural virgin coconut oil can also do wonders as a moisturizer, and there are no known side effects. It also helps to soothe tired or broken, inflamed skin.

2. Sun Protection

One of the reasons you should use a moisturizer with SPF is that it keeps the skin layers moist while guarding against ultraviolet radiation. The same goes when choosing a sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen that offers “broad spectrum protection” (good against both UVB and UVA rays) and with SPF of at least 50. If you are in the sun for a few hours, make sure to reapply the sunscreen at least every 90 minutes.

3. Stay in the Shade

There are many easy, inexpensive ways to enjoy the warmth of the sun without overexposure. Choose the one that is most comfortable and practical for you. This could either be a pair of good-quality sunglasses, an extra T-shirt, a beach poncho or a hat.

Those with sensitivity to the sun could suffer headaches when outdoors, so make sure you choose a wide-brimmed hat that shades your entire face and neck. Older balding men should also always wear a hat to protect the very tops of their heads and the surrounding skin. Those who find hats uncomfortable or even too hot can choose to use an umbrella, instead.

4. Always Read the Fine Print

Did you know that there are certain medications which can affect your skin? Always speak with your doctor about any potential side effects from the prescriptions you take. Some of the medicines may render your skin more sensitive, and you’ll have to take extra precaution when being exposed to UV rays.

To guard against sunburn, swelling or other sicknesses caused by too much sun, know exactly what you are putting into your body and on your skin.

5. Hydration is Essential

As people age, it’s also harder for the skin to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is critical—especially during the peak summer months.

Do you like drinking caffeinated beverages or even a bit of alcohol such as beer or red wine? These are fine in moderation, but always consult your doctor and drink more water. When on holiday, it is often easy to lose track of the time or simply forget to drink water altogether! Make it a habit to carry some liquids with you. Even just small sips of water throughout the day will make a difference!

6. Protect Your Skin from Summer Insects

Planning to holiday this summer in a tropical destination or maybe somewhere near bodies of water, such as rivers and lakes? Beware of mosquitoes and other seasonal bugs. Getting bitten is annoying and itchy. But the worse problem is when you start to scratch the affected skin. This leads to further irritation.

When you scratch excessively, your weak skin could bleed and tear. How do you safeguard against this? Choose loose but long clothing that will cover exposed parts of your body, such as arms and legs. Second, always use a non-toxic insect repellant when outdoors. Make it as hard as possible to get bitten!

7. Choose Your Outdoor Time Wisely

During the summer months, know when is the best time to spend outside. Usually, the midday is when the sun’s rays are harshest. If you love walking outdoors or gardening, save it for either early mornings or late afternoons. In warmer months, it’s often bright during the early evenings, so you can plan your time accordingly.

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