As we age, our skin goes through natural changes, including becoming thinner and more sensitive to sunlight. However, this means older adults are more vulnerable to sun damage like sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging. Fortunately, by taking the right precautions and following a few summer safety tips, you can enjoy the warmer weather safely and protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Sunscape™ Boca Raton is committed to helping individuals live their best lives by offering luxurious accommodations, dining options, and signature programs. Of course, this also includes having fun in the sun. After all, that’s one of the many perks of living in the Sunshine State!
With this being said, our senior living community in Boca Raton is focused on the health and wellness of residents, so our team is sharing summer safety tips to help you stay active – and safe – in the sun.
1. Avoid the Sun During Peak Hours
The sun is at its strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. During these hours, the UV rays are most intense, and the risk of sunburn and skin damage is at its highest. Therefore, individuals should avoid going outside during these hours whenever possible or at least try to seek shade during this time.
For instance, if you enjoy gardening, aim to tend to your plants during the morning or evening hours when there is shade and the temperature is lower.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious risks for individuals spending time in the sun. If you are out during peak hours, periodically take breaks in air-conditioned or shady areas to regulate body temperature.
For example, if you plan to spend the day at the beach, bring your own shade with a portable canopy or beach umbrella.
2. Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing protective clothing is one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from the sun. Individuals should choose clothing that covers as much skin as possible, including long-sleeved shirts and pants. In addition, lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen are ideal for staying cool in the heat.
Did you know that the color of your clothing also affects your body temperature? By wearing light colors, your clothes will reflect the sunlight and keep you cooler as opposed to darker colors that will absorb the heat.
In addition, individuals should wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade their face and neck and sunglasses with UV protection to protect their eyes.
3. Use Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an essential part of any sun protection and summer safety routine. Individuals should choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, arms, and hands. You should apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or more often if you are sweating or swimming.
You should also be aware that some medications, such as certain antibiotics and diuretics, can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if any medications you are taking could increase your risk of sunburn or skin damage.
4. Stay Hydrated
Aging individuals are at a higher risk of dehydration, especially in hot weather. As a result, it’s important to drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty. Dehydration can cause dizziness, confusion, and other serious health problems, so remember to stay hydrated when spending time in the sun.
5. Check for Skin Changes
Regular skin checks are essential for early detection of skin cancer. Individuals should examine their skin regularly for any new or changing moles, bumps, or spots and report any changes to their doctor. It is important to see a dermatologist if you notice any changes in your skin that are concerning, such as a mole that is asymmetrical, has irregular borders, or changes in color or size.
Sun and summer safety is crucial for protecting an individual’s overall health and wellness, and by implementing these tips, you can enjoy the warmer weather all season long.
With a sparkling pool, plentiful programs, and countless amenities, our senior living community in Boca Raton, Florida, is the perfect place to have fun in the sun. We invite you to schedule a tour of Sunscape Boca Raton to experience our community for yourself!