Ultraviolet rays from the sun have the potential to cause severe skin damage within just 15 minutes of stepping outside. Prolonged exposure and damage can cause various forms of skin cancer, many of which are avoidable if seniors take extra precautions. The sun isn’t the only skin-damaging predator — tanning beds, smoking and an unhealthy diet can also have severe harmful effects on the body’s outer layer which can cause serious issues in the long run. A senior retirement community in India like The Chennai Homes community makes sure its residents stay protected from any sort of weather and their needs are taken care of by our reliable and courteous staff. The main objective here is to stay sun savvy and know how to keep your skin glowy and healthy. We offer you the most helpful tips to help protect your skin during the harsh summers.
1. Avoid the sun during the day, specially around 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
– This is when the sun is most intense in terms of heat and temperature and produces the highest chance of causing extreme sunburns. If you are planning to be outside during these hours, try to seek shade by using an umbrella, a tree or any other type of shelter. Use protective clothing and sunscreen even when in the shade.
2. Use sunscreen when you leave for the outdoors
Higher SPF numbers indicate increased protection from the harmful UV Rays. Dermatologists recommend using at least SPF 30 and higher for sunscreen. Using sunscreen even on cloudy or cool days also helps as it can fight damage from the sun’s rays too. Remember to re-apply once every two hours or after swimming or when you are very much prone to sweating. Also, check the expiration date of the product your using — shelf life is typically three years, less if it has been stored in high temperatures. Live the way you want to at the most premium retirement homes in India to enjoy the best of senior-friendly amenities equipped with modern design and innovation.
3. Be aware of medications that increase your sensitivity
Some antibiotics and over-the-counter medications are bound to make you more sensitive to sunlight and outdoors especially. Common drugs are antihistamines, such as Benadryl; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin or ibuprofen; certain antibiotics, including Bactrim or Tetracycline; antidepressants; antipsychotics; and some oral diabetic medications. Check with your dermatologist regarding your medication’s side effects and make sure not to take or apply them before leaving home.
4. Don’t use too much of tanning beds
Tanning beds have the ability to produce harmful UVA and UVB rays, which will gradually increase the risk for skin cancer, including melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer. There is however no scientific proof that the use of tanning beds to obtain a tan can decreases your risk of getting affected by sunburns. Beyond that, the use of tanning beds increases the chance of developing cataracts and a deadly disease called ocular melanoma.
5. Book regular appointments with your dermatologist
Make sure you look for any changes to your existing moles, freckles or birthmarks. Additionally, remember to monitor any new skin changes that have occurred on your body. Use a mirror to evaluate areas which are hard to see, and have regular skin appointments with your health care provider or dermatologist.
Summers can be harsh but staying indoors always can also be tiresome. At the #1 Senior retirement community in India you can say goodbye to all your worries and live your happiest life with your loves ones that comes with amiable staff and excellent hospitality. Book your appointment @ +91 99419 9555 and we’ll be happy to help you regarding any queries.