Elderly and People of Color Need Sunscreen, Too
The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin of all colors, including people with darker skin tones. UV rays can cause skin cancer, premature aging, and other health problems.
The elderly are especially at risk for skin cancer because their skin is thinner and more fragile. People of color are also at risk for skin cancer, even though they may not sunburn as easily as people with lighter skin tones.
That's why it's important for everyone, regardless of age or skin color, to use sunscreen. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for one that has an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF stands for sun protection factor, and it measures how well a sunscreen protects your skin from UVB rays. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn.
Sunscreen should also be broad-spectrum, which means it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause premature aging, and they can also contribute to skin cancer.
Sunscreen should be applied liberally to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, ears, hands, and feet. It should be reapplied every two hours, or more often if you are sweating or swimming.
Even on cloudy days, it's important to wear sunscreen. Clouds do not block all UV rays.
By using sunscreen, you can help protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer, premature aging, and other health problems.
Here are some additional tips for protecting your skin from the sun:
- Wear protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses, when you are outdoors.
- Avoid being in the sun during the middle of the day, when the sun's rays are strongest.
- Seek shade when you are outdoors.
- Get regular skin checks from a doctor.