With temperatures in the high 80’s- low 90’s in Green Valley everyone must start thinking about protection from the sun; especially our Seniors! Since older skin doesn’t heal as well and is less able to protect itself, seniors are more vulnerable to skin cancer and infections. Follow these simple tips to help protect your skin from the harmful UV sun rays:
- Use a moisturizer to keep delicate skin from drying out.
- Use sunscreen- The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to help protect skin- even if you’re taking a short walk or going to and from the car.
- If you’re going to be spending time in the sun, wear protective clothing. Wear lightweight long sleeved shirts and pants, then top it off with a hat. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside, look for clothing designed to offer UV protection along with UV blocking sunglasses.
- Stay inside between 10 am and 4 pm when possible; this is the time when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Tint the windows in your car. Although you’re in a vehicle, the sun’s UV rays can penetrate inside your vehicle; the state of Arizona allows drivers to tint windows to 30%.
Protecting your skin all year is crucial to your health, but especially during this hot summer months! Try to stay cool and enjoy your summer!
~ Southern Arizona Eldercare