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Three Ways for Seniors to Protect Themselves from the Hot Summer Sun

Senior Living Residence Kalamazoo

As we age, making sure we protect our skin from the sun becomes more and more important. Older skin is more sensitive and has been exposed to much more ultraviolet radiation over time. The last thing any senior wants to deal with is sunburn or sun blisters, or even worse melanoma or other skin cancer. Besides protecting your skin, you also have to make sure you’re taking care of your body in general, as well. In this post, you will find three ways seniors can work to protect their sensitive skin and bodies from the heat of the sun’s harmful rays.

Stay in the shade and dress appropriately

This is the best way to protect your skin from the sun. It’s especially important to try and avoid the sun as much as you can between ten in the morning and 4 in the afternoon – during this time the sun’s ultraviolet rays are the most damaging. To keep the shade with you wherever you go, carry a ray blocking umbrella.

Wear as much clothing as possible without making yourself too warm. Instead of tighter clothing, opt for something loose, yet still tightly woven. Always opt for a hat and sunglasses.

Drink enough water

Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is an important component to staying healthy – this is especially true when it comes to being outside in the sun. Proper hydration will help keep your body temperature regulated as well as replenish fluids you lose through sweat.

Use sunscreen

When deciding what sunscreen to use, make sure it’s still good and not separated in the bottle. The effectiveness of a sunscreen can go down over time. If you’re unsure, you should buy a new bottle. For seniors, using SPF between 30 and 50 is recommended.

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is the only locally-owned, nonprofit senior living residence in the Kalamazoo area. 

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