Sunshine, in moderation, offers plenty of beneficial effects for both the body and mind. Sunlight increases vitamin D production, boosts immunity, improves sleep, enhances your mood by increasing the hormone serotonin, fortifies bone health, and helps prevent some types of cancer. Too much exposure to sun, however, can cause skin cancer and make your loved one’s skin wrinkled, tight, leathery, and uncomfortable. Seniors often have more sensitive skin, so it is especially important to have a high quality skin care regimen in place for seniors that love the sun. The following are a few essential after-sun skin care products Wallingford in-home caregivers should encourage their loved ones to use.
Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream
Sunscreens that have zinc oxide as their active ingredient are broad spectrum, meaning that they protect against UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Zinc oxide is a good choice for seniors as it has been used in diaper creams on baby’s sensitive skin for many years with very few negative reactions.
Coconut oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer that can be used daily and has a natural SPF of about 10. It can be found in most grocery stores and many drug stores and is relatively inexpensive for respite Wallingford caregivers to buy.
Aloe vera gel is extremely soothing and moisturizing to skin when excessive sun exposure occurs. Whether you keep an aloe plant in your home or buy some gel to have on hand, aloe effectively helps cool and soothe sunburned or exposed skin.
Oatmeal is soothing to dry skin, rashes, and sunburn, which is why it is a useful substance to have on hand. If your skin is burned or irritated, simply fill a sock with oatmeal, cinch it, and toss it in your bath. Lotions that have oatmeal as an active ingredient are also a safe and practical choice for seniors.
When trying a new product, it is a good idea to buy a travel size container or even contact the company and ask for a sample so you can see how your loved one’s skin reacts to the product. Learn more about the importance of skin protection by calling Home Care Assistance of Wallingford, CT, at (203) 955-1915 today. Our friendly and professional Care Managers are readily available to schedule a free consultation and customize a care plan that will benefit your loved one’s health and overall wellbeing. We look forward to hearing from you.