The importance of protecting our skin from the sun becomes more important as we get older. For seniors with arthritis, applying traditional sunscreen can sometimes be a real challenge. It can be difficult and painful trying to work with a small bottle and properly spread the lotion. This Senior Helpers blog post explores handy alternatives to regular sunscreen that can make your life a lot easier and still keep your skin protected. Say goodbye to pesky bottles and hello to simple and effective sun protection solutions.
1. Sunscreen Spray
Sunscreen spray is a smart alternative and a game-changer for seniors with arthritis. It is just like regular sunscreen, but in a sprayable format that doesn't require much hand movement. With a simple push, you can evenly apply sunscreen to your body. Sunscreen spray is less messy, quick and ideal for seniors with limited mobility. Just remember to spray it in a well-ventilated area and rub it in after application to ensure complete coverage.
2. UV-Protective Clothing
UV-protective clothing is specially designed to block harmful rays. It is particularly useful for seniors with arthritis as it eliminates the need for applying sunscreen. You can be fashionable, look good and still be sun-safe by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, long pants or a long skirt. Just make sure the clothing has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 30 or higher.
3. Sunscreen Sticks
Much like deodorant sticks, sunscreen sticks are easy to grip and glide over the skin. They are perfect for those who struggle with grip or finger joint flexibility since there's no need to squeeze a tube. However, it is important to apply a generous layer and be sure not to miss any spots. Take special care around the nose and ears where skin cancer often appears first.
4. Sun Hats and Sunglasses
The sun-protecting benefits of good old-fashioned sun hats and UV-protective sunglasses cannot be emphasized enough. Besides being stylish, they provide excellent protection against harmful sun rays. Large-brimmed hats and wrap-around sunglasses can protect your face, neck and sensitive skin around your eyes. Even on cloudy days, they can be your best friends.
5. UV Window Film
You might want to consider installing UV window film at home. These films block 99% of the sun's harmful UV rays and are easy to fit on windows. It is a passive, one-time solution for sun protection indoors. While it won't replace sunscreen or other protective measures when you are outdoors, it can give you peace of mind when you are inside your home.
Every extra step towards sun care helps. While these alternatives can ease application, they should be used in conjunction with each other for the best protection. And don't forget to keep yourself hydrated and seek shade during the sun's peak hours.
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