5 summer skin care tips for seniors

It’s great to feel the warmth of the sun again—and that also means it’s time to change up your skin care routine to reflect higher temperatures and humidity, as well as more intense UV rays from the sun.

Aging skin is also delicate skin; it’s thinner and less able to recover from prolonged sun exposure. Here are five summer skin care tips to keep your skin healthy and happy.

Cleanse: We sweat more in the summer, so it’s important to keep skin clean and fresh, especially for those who have skin conditions. Regular soap and water can be too harsh for older skin; consider using a mild cleanser designed for frequent use that’s pH balanced. Never scrub the skin and pat dry gently.

Moisturize: Air conditioning can dry skin out as much as heat from a furnace, so moisturize using a product designed for aging and/or sensitive skin. If you suffer from rashes your doctor may advise applying a protective barrier cream as well as allowing the skin to breathe as much as possible.

Very cold mineral water with ice in a misted glass bottles, darkHydrate from the inside: Drinking water is crucial for good health—including your skin—and it’s even more important in the summer months. The mantra used to be eight glasses a day, but now experts say the amount of water you need is dependent on many individual factors, including weight, activity level and heat and humidity. The Dieticians of Canada guidelines state that women should aim for 2.2 L (9 cups) of fluid per day (can be water, broth, tea, coffee, etc.), while men should drink 3 L (12 cups).

Protect from the sun: Using a broad-spectrum sun screen with 30+ SPF protection is a must. Older skin has a more difficult time recovering from sun damage, which can make you more prone to infection and skin cancers. If you have difficulty in applying sun screen to all parts of your body, ask for help.

Clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sun glasses are the first line of defense in protecting skin from the sun; the Canadian Cancer Society recommends choosing tightly woven or specially designed UV-protective clothing.

Be careful taking medication: Some medications can cause reactions after sun exposure, and your prescription may recommend staying out of the sun all together; be sure to check with your health professional for guidance.