With the warm summer quickly approaching, everyone will be able to bathe in the calming sun rays and absorb some extra Vitamin D.
The “sunshine vitamin” has several vital functions for everyone. Catching up on summer rays and vitamin D can help improve resistance against certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis and heart disease.
Although, caregivers need to ensure they have protected both themselves and their elderly loves ones against the damaging effects of sun exposure. Some of the harmful effects from overexposure to the sun can lead to developing melanoma and other skin cancers.
AgingCare has outlined some useful tips for you and your loved one to enjoy the summer sun without the harmful effects:
Slip, Slop, Slap
These three important words continue to remain important even after primary school. Wearing sunscreen is crucial for protecting you and your loved ones skin. Sunscreen should be water-resistant and both UVA (ultra-violet short-wave) and UVB (ultraviolent long-wave) with an SPF of 30 or higher.
It is recommended that you should apply about 30mls of sunscreen before you get dressed about 30 minutes before you and your loved one leave. Additionally, it is essential to focus on covering the hands and feet, as well as any bald spots on your loved one’s head. If you swim or sweat, you should reapply the sunscreen every two hours.
Also, don’t forget the lips. Lip balm with an SPF of at least 30 should be used and reapplied after eating.
Dress to protect
Choosing the correct clothes for loved one not only keeps them comfortable in the heat but also further shields them from damaging rays. Loosely woven and light-coloured clothes should be favoured during the summer, as dark tight-weaved clothing attracts and absorbs more heat.
You may want to look into some special clothing that protects against ultraviolent rays. You should find clothing that have an ultraviolent protection factor above 30 (an ordinary tee shirt only has a UVP factor of 6). There is a wide variety available that suit gardening tasks and leisure activities.
Top it off with a hat and pair of sunglasses
After correctly putting on sunscreen and sun-protective clothes, all you need a broad-brimmed hat and dark sunglasses to finish the look. A hat and a pair of sunglasses will provide you and your loved one with that extra level of protection from the sun.
You and your loved one are now ready to step outside and absorb the fresh air and warmth.
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