July is UV Safety Month which means it’s time to watch out for UV rays and take precautionary measures to protect your skin. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and should be considered all year long. When the UV index hits 3 or above, this is when you should protect your skin by applying sunscreen or staying in the shade. Senior Helpers promotes sun-safe behaviors to lower your risk of skin cancer.
Spending time outside is a great way for seniors to reduce stress, get vitamin D, and get some exercise. Protecting your skin is an important precaution if spending long periods in the sun. It is also known that UV rays can reach you on cloudy or cool days, and can reflect off of surfaces such as water, sand, and snow. Some easy safety measures to reduce UV exposure include:
Clothing: If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and bottoms that can protect you from UV rays. The best protection is from clothes that are made of tightly woven fabric.
Hats: The best hat to wear for sun protection is one that shades your face, ears, and back of your neck.
Sunglasses: To reduce the risk of cataracts and protect against UV rays, sunglasses are one of the best safety measures to use. Sunglasses that have both UVA and UVB rays will offer you the most protection and even wrap-around sunglasses can block rays that come from the sides.
Sunscreen: Broad-spectrum sunscreens help block UVA and UVB rays, but the recommended SPF is at least 15 or higher. Any exposed skin should have a thick layer that is completely rubbed in before going outside. Sunscreen wears off, so make sure to reapply if you are out in the sun for more than 2 hours and after doing activities that produce sweat or may wash off the sunscreen.
Overall, skincare is very important not just in July, but any time of the year. Senior Helpers offers many different services for seniors, including personal care that helps them with any personal tasks they need taking care of. With Senior Helpers, you can provide exceptional care to the elderly in your community with our amazing franchise opportunity. If you want to do good, by doing good for others while being your own boss, then Senior Helpers may be the perfect fit for you.