Caregiver in Vero Beach FL
As people age, their risk of getting skin cancer increases with every year. One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime, says the National Cancer Institute.
While those are pretty alarming statistics, especially for seniors, being in the sun doesn’t have to be scary—provided the right precautions are taken. It’s even good to have some exposure to the sun, especially for getting healthy doses of vitamin D. Follow these sun-smart tips:
- Senior should consult with their physician or dermatologist about the best type of sunscreen for their skin type and medical history, especially if there’s been a history of any skin cancer or skin allergies. A medical provider can also advise if any other types of protection from the sun’s rays should be used.
- Sunscreen that has an SFP rating of 30 or more is preferable, especially if your parent’s skin is sensitive. It should ideally have broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
- While the sun itself can provide some health benefits, there are sunscreens that also provide the necessary vitamins A, D and E that are beneficial to an aging person’s skin. Your parent should also consider a sunscreen that is water-resistant. That will help somewhat if they are swimming or sweating.
- They should use a sunscreen that is easy to apply. Some can be applied with sunscreen towelettes, powder, stick, or gel, which are all easy to apply.
- Make sure to cover every exposed area of skin with sunscreen, including balding spots.
- They should also consider wearing dark, UV-blocking sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, as well as long-sleeved shirt and slacks if they don’t want their arms and legs exposed.
- Keep in mind that it takes a little while for sunscreen to work, so it should be applied at least 30 minutes before hitting the great outdoors. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, if they are spending a long time in the sun; more frequently is swimming or sweating, even if it is water-resistant.
- Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- If driving or riding in a car, consider window shades or car window tints.