May 10, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
As we get deeper into spring, the summer months are nearly upon us. Many seniors are probably looking forward to spending as much time as possible outside, but doing so could actually be counterproductive for their health. Spending a lot of time in the sun requires proper skin care, and protecting your loved one’s skin is an important aspect of home care.
Harsh UV ray can really do a number on our skin. As you probably already know, excessive exposure to UV rays has been linked to a number of serious skin conditions like melanoma. That is why home care professionals focus so much energy on making sure the seniors in their care are always protected when they go outside.
If your loved one is still able to take care of themselves on their own, that’s great news! But, you may still be very worried about them. Learn how home care professionals help older adults protect their skin below.
Here are some tips:
Keep Skin Fresh and Clean
Keeping one’s skin fresh and clean is incredibly important when it comes to its vitality, and particularly so in the summer months. Many older adults develop at least one skin condition and cleaning one’s skin is very important. It is a good idea to chose a mild cleanser and never scrub skin but rather pat it dry.
Moisturizing is Important
Many of us are under the mistaken impression that moisturizing is important only in the winter months. However, air conditioning can dry the skin, so it is an key aspect of any quality senior home care routine.
Many seniors do not use sun screen because they believe they do not need it. However, the fact is that sunscreen may be even more important for seniors than younger people. The sun’s dangerous UV rays can make seniors more prone to skin infections and cancers.
Drinking water helps us stay hydrated and keep our skin free of toxins. Every seniors should drink at least 6 glasses of water each day.
Stay Inside During the Hottest Parts of the Days
If there is no need to go outside between 10 am and 4 pm, it should be avoided. Doing so can be dangerous in more ways than one for seniors and it can negatively impact the health of their skin.