Some Sun Protection Advice from LivingWell Coaches

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Shield yourself from the aging effects of the sun.

By some estimates, sun exposure accounts for nearly 90 percent of age-related damage to exposed areas such as the face, the back of the neck and the back of the hands.  Ultraviolet (UVA) rays are responsible for long-term photoaging, while UVB’s are behind sunburns.  Both types damage healthy skin cells and make it harder for skin to heal, and both play a role in skin cancer.  It can also make your skin thicker in some areas and thinner in others, affecting skin tone and texture.

Slathering on sunscreen is a smart strategy for both preventing and undoing sun damage.  Using sunscreen every day allows sun damaged skin time to heal. To get the most benefit from sunscreen, apply a broad spectrum formula of at least SPF 30 half hour before going outdoors – even on cloudy days.  Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re sweating, wet, or have dried or rubbed your skin with a towel.  Wear a hat and avoid being out in the sun at peak times.

Since no sunscreen can block all UV rays, some radiation does get through to skin.  Look for products with sun protection and antioxidants in one bottle.  Check the expiration date: Sunscreen usually lasts three years but toss it sooner if it has separated or has an off smell.

The truth is that it is never too late for sun protection.  Keeping your skin healthy can help you enjoy your senior years to the fullest.

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