Senior Skin CareSummertime is here! Further enjoy holiday cookouts, lounging by the pool, and swimming in the ocean by implementing these skin safety practices.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Fortunately, skin cancer is preventable. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that between 86 and 90% of all skin cancer is related to unsafe exposure to the sun's ultraviolent rays.

Reducing sun exposure throughout your life can prevent wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin. However, sun protection is even more important for your aging loved ones. Skin doesn't rejuvenate as easily and becomes thinner as we age. These factors make seniors more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer.



Follow these 5 tips for senior skin safety:

1. Apply Sunscreen
Liberally apply SPF 45 or higher when outdoors. Reapply every few hours –sooner if you've been sweating. Even on overcast days, dangerous sun rays can penetrate the atmosphere. Remember to apply and reapply sunscreen, even if it's cloudy.

2. Seek the Shade
Seek out shady areas whenever possible. When you're out for a walk, choose a path with shading trees. When relaxing poolside or at the beach, sit under an umbrella.

3. Use Cover-ups
Ensure that your senior loved ones wear lightweight, breathable fabrics, like cotton. Invest in long-sleeved shirts and pants, and protective hats. Remember, dark-colored clothes absorb heat, so choose light-colored options.

4. Check Prescriptions
Some medications – like antidepressants, antibiotics and water pills – can make skin extra sensitive to the sun. Read package inserts and check with your loved one's doctor to determine the level of sun exposure – if any – that's safe with their prescriptions.

5. Stay Inside
During the heat of the day, plan your activities wisely and stay indoors. Limit your outdoor activity and sun exposure from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. During these hours, the heat and humidity are at their worst.

Follow these skin safety tips year-round, but especially in the summer months when you and your senior loved ones spend more time outside.