As our bodies grow older, our skin’s fragility increases. Some medications, such as those prescribed for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can have side effects that can cause skin to become dry. Additionally, the loss of the structural protein collagen is a part of the aging process. These combinations can lead to an increased sun sensitivity for older adults.
Below you will find some helpful sunscreen tips for seniors!
Consumer Reports found that sunscreen in the form of a stick, spray or cream are all equally effective. However, older adults might find the stick form of sunscreen to be the easiest to apply to their faces and prefer to use spray or cream on their arms and legs.
Experts recommend using sunscreen with an SPF rating between 30 and 50. SPF is the rating system for identifying how effective the sunscreen is at preventing sunburn as well as for how long the protection lasts. Research shows that use of a lower SPF can put you at a higher risk for sunburn, while use of a higher SPF does not offer much additional protection.
Most of us, no matter our age, do not use enough sunscreen, nor do we apply it as frequently as needed. The general recommendation for applying sunscreen is to apply one ounce every two hours. However, if you are swimming or participating in an activity that causes sweating, reapplying more often is recommended.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Stay cool and well protected from the sun’s harmful rays this summer with the tips mentioned above!