It’s summertime and you know what that means? Time outside enjoying the warm weather; shorts and flip-flops; bar-b-ques and cook outs! You know what it also means? Skin Damage!
We are in the time of the year when UV exposure is the strongest in the United States, which means you are more easily at risk for skin damage. Skin damage may lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, age spots and possibly skin cancer.
You can damage your skin if you are out in the sun at any time of the year, so keep these 3 tips in mind in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from skin damage all year long:
- Stay in the Shade. If you can find a shady spot for yourself of your loved ones, do it! This is most important during the middle of the day when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. Keep in mind that UV rays reach the ground even on cloudy days, so just because the sun isn’t shining brightly doesn’t mean you let your guard down.
- Wear Protective Clothing. No one wants to be bundled up in the middle of summer when it is hot out, but if you or your loved ones will be outside, think about a light-weight garment to protect your skin from the sun, a hat and/or a pair of sunglasses. These items will all help to block the UV rays from your skin. Again, keep in mind that if you can see through the piece of clothing, so can the sun, so this will only provide partial protection.
- Use Sun Screen. Whether you are outside for an hour or all day, you should use sun screen. Since all sun screens are not created equal, make sure you buy one that blocks UVA and UVB rays, or broad spectrum sun screen. Even when sun screen is used, if you are in the sun you are still exposed to the sun’s rays, so you are not completely protected. Apply sun screen often and make sure to reapply after being in the water or sweating.
Don’t let the appeal of a summer tan cause irreparable damage to your skin that you will regret later. Take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful UV rays.
At Assisting Hands Home Care we will make sure that your loved one is properly protected if he or she is outside. We provide them with safe transportation to and from doctors and other appointments, grocery shopping or other errands and make sure they are getting the appropriate nutrition and exercise that is appropriate for them. Whether you need someone to be with them during the day, in the evening or overnight, we can accommodate your needs. You will sleep better knowing that they aren’t home alone when they need help with medication, fall prevention, personal care, eating or other needs.
Contact us today to schedule your free in-home fall prevention assessment at 630-305-9100.