Senior Watch: Seniors and Skin Care 

Sara Willey a Nurse Practitioner at Bucksport Regional Health Center, was in for this week’s Senior Watch to talk about seniors and skin care in the summer months.

Be wary when taking medication: Always check the prescription labels for information about how the medicine reacts when you are in the sun. Some medications advise staying out of the sun so check with your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

Apply sunscreen frequently: Applying sunscreen that’s 15 SPF or higher before going out and then a sun block of at least 30 SPF before outdoor activities. Remember, applying just once won’t be enough to protect the skin from UV damage – adults should reapply every two hours when they’re in the sun for extended periods especially after swimming or anything that produced heavy sweating.

Opt for shade: Seniors should always use an umbrella, sunglasses and sun hats and sunscreen when outside, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.

Moisturize: Aging skin is prone to dryness and high temperatures and previous sun damage can make it worse. Applying moisturizer seals in water in the skin layers. Be careful of make-up. Some brands can be drying.

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