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What Your Senior Loved One Should Know About Skin Protection

May 10, 2018 by Kim Sanchez

Seniors should be taking extra precautions to protect their skin this upcoming summer

After a harsh winter and prolonged spring, many seniors can’t wait to take advantage of the beautiful weather and spend more time outside. Although physical activity and fresh air can be good in many ways, your senior loved one should be aware that too much sun and exposure to UV radiation can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. The following tips from in home care experts can help your senior mom or dad protect their skin adequately in the following months.

Moisturize Regularly

High temperatures and hot air can dry out the skin and cause skin damage. Your senior loved one should remember to moisturize regularly to keep their skin well hydrated. This is the best way to avoid dry skin problems such as itchiness and rashes. In home care professionals recommend opting for senior-friendly, fragrance-free moisturizers.

Cleanse Properly

Since your loved one may sweat more during the summer, it is important that they thoroughly cleanse their skin after a long, hot day. Make sure they use mild cleansers and tonics for sensitive senior skin, refrain from excessive skin scrubbing, and pat dry instead.


Even when it’s not too hot outside, UV radiation can be detrimental to our skin. For maximum protection, your loved one should apply sunscreen every time before they go out. In home care professionals recommend opting for a high protection factor of at least 30SPF and reapplying it every two hours.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water can help your loved one improve skin complexion and flush out the toxins from their system. To stay well-hydrated, remind your senior mom or dad to bring a bottle of water, ice tea or juice when they are going out and drink at least 6 of 8 glasses of liquid throughout the day.

Stay Indoors When the Sun Is at Its Peak

Your loved one might want to consider limiting their exposure to direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day. UV rays that can cause skin damage are most intense from 10am to 4pm. Instead of spending time outside during those hours, in home care professionals suggest seniors go out early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

By adhering to these tips, your senior mom or dad can avoid a number of skin conditions and enjoy a healthier, good looking tan without jeopardizing their health. 

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