Are you an older adult who thinks the days of worrying about sun exposure are behind you?
Think again. At this stage in your life, sun protection still offers many benefits, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. It can help to prevent new age spots and blotchy skin, reduce dry, thinning skin, and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, the American Academy of Dermatology Association offers these recommendations:
1. Sunscreen is key
Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF, or sun protection factor, of at least 30. Broad-spectrum means the sunscreen will protect against both UVA rays, which can cause premature skin aging and UVB rays, which can cause sunburn. The sunscreen should be applied to all the skin that clothing won’t cover while you’re outside. Reapplying every few hours is also key. Lip balm with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher and sunglasses with UV protection are also recommended.
2. Avoid being outdoors in direct sunlight
Seek shade when outdoors, and especially when UV rays are the most intense, which is generally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunscreen cannot block 100% of the sun’s harmful rays.
3. Opt for sun protective apparel
Wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun such as long-sleeved shirts and pants. To find out if a garment offers sun protection, hold it up to a bright light, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology Association. If you don’t see light shining through, it can protect your skin from the sun. A broad-rimmed hat is also recommended to protect the face and ears.
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