Over time, our skin becomes more vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. This means that older adults, in particular, must take extra precautions to protect their skin and overall health when outdoors.
The summer months are upon us, and as a senior living community in Daytona Beach, Florida, we know how important sun and summer safety is to promote an enjoyable season in the Sunshine State.
Our Sunscape™ Daytona Beach team is sharing summer safety tips you can follow to protect your skin and overall health.
Understand the Risks
Our skin goes through natural changes as we age, becoming thinner and more sensitive to sunlight. This leads to a higher risk of sun-related health issues. Individuals are more prone to sunburns, heatstroke, dehydration, and an increased risk of skin cancer.
Recognizing these risks is the first step in taking appropriate preventive measures and implementing sun and summer safety.
One of the great things about summer is spending days outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. However, finding ways to stay cool is always something you need to keep in mind.
When spending time outdoors, seek shaded areas, especially during peak sunlight hours between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Trees, umbrellas, or canopies can provide shade, reducing direct exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Wear Protective Clothing
Individuals should choose loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that covers their arms and legs. For example, choose tightly woven fabrics that provide better protection against UV rays and opt for lighter colors as they can help reflect the heat and sun’s rays.
Additionally, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face, neck, and ears.
Prioritize eye protection by wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. This reduces the risk of cataracts and other eye-related conditions caused by excessive sun exposure.
Sunscreen is an essential part of any sun protection and summer safety routine. Before going outside, individuals should generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, protecting against UVA and UVB rays, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours – or more frequently if sweating or swimming.
Aging individuals are more susceptible to dehydration, especially in hot weather. Drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty.
Additionally, avoid excessive consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as they can contribute to dehydration, leading to dizziness, confusion, and other serious health problems.
Stay updated on the local weather forecast and UV index. Avoid going outside during extreme heat advisories or when the UV index is at its highest. When possible, plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s rays are less intense.
Check Medication Side Effects
Certain medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any potential photosensitivity side effects with the medications you are taking. If necessary, take extra precautions, such as wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, and using sunscreen.
Regular Skin Checks
Perform regular self-examinations of your skin to check for any unusual moles, growths, or changes in existing ones. If you notice anything concerning, consult a dermatologist promptly. Early detection is key to getting the proper treatment.
Be Sun-Smart Even on Cloudy Days
It is easy to forget sun safety when it is less obvious to do so. However, the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through the clouds. This makes it essential to practice summer safety even when the sky is overcast. In fact, cloudy days could be even more dangerous than sunny days because you may not realize how much sun exposure you are getting since you cannot feel it as much.
Remember to apply sunscreen, seek shade, and wear protective clothing regardless of cloud cover.
By following sun and summer safety tips, you can enjoy the outdoors while minimizing the risks associated with sun exposure. It is never too late to start practicing sun safety – and your skin will thank you for it!
With exceptional amenities and engaging programs, our senior living community in Daytona Beach, Florida, offers everything you need to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle this summer and all year. Discover more about our community and experience it for yourself by scheduling your personalized tour of Sunscape Daytona Beach.