Our skin becomes more fragile as we grow old. Again, the skin can turn dry because of the side-effects of some medications, such as those prescribed for high blood pressure and high cholesterol which is further compounded by the loss of collagen (structural protein), which is a natural part of the aging process. All of this contributes to increased sun sensitivity on the part of senior people. Today, we are going to throw light on a few facts about sunscreen.
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Let us get back to our discussion on ‘sunscreen’:
SPF and the number of SPF suitable on a Senior’s Skin– SPF basically stands for sun protection factor which is the rating system which is used to identify how effective a product is at preventing sunburn and that also for how much time. Experts recommend buying a sunscreen with an SPF rating between 30 and 50 as a lower SPF can put an individual at a greater risk for sunburn.
Form of Sunscreen– When it comes to sunscreen, the question that comes to most people’s mind is whether one form of sunscreen- a stick, spray or cream is better than the other. As per Consumer Reports, each form of sunscreen was found to be equally effective. For an older adult, a sunscreen stick might be easier for them to use when applying to the face in comparison to a cream or spray that may be a faster way to protect the legs, arms, stomach, and back.
Difference between UVA and UVB– These are two types of the sun’s rays and both types can damage the skin, but UVB rays are the most harmful. While UVA rays are the most common, UVB rays are the ones that cause your skin to burn.
As per the Skin Cancer Foundation, one should avoid direct sun between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you will be outdoors during those times, make sure to wear sunscreen, long sleeves, and a hat which will shield your face. Wear Sunglasses as well for protecting the eyes and eye lids.
Frequency at which Sunscreen should be Applied and the Amount?
Most people do not apply sunscreen as frequently as necessary, nor do they use enough sunscreen. The general recommendation is to apply one ounce of sunscreen (which equates to about two tablespoons) every two hours. Put sunscreen more often if you are swimming or engaging in any other activity that causes sweating.
There can be nothing better than gaining knowledge on the various risk factors of skin cancer which will also help you in finding ways to protect yourself. Remember that skin cancer is on an all-time high across the country and is also the most common form of cancer.
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