Summer is in full force, with Adelaide consecutively hitting the 40s this season, as reported by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
We've already looked at how vitamin D can slow down your rate of cognitive decline, but that shouldn't mean that you should hit the beach with no precautions.
Cancer Council Australia (CCA) states that this country has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. Exposing yourself to too much UV radiation while unprotected can significantly increase your chances of skin cancer, so here are some tips for you to have a safe summer.
1. Slap on that lotion
Just because you've tanned during your years of happy retirement living doesn't mean that you are less at risk of the sun's dangers.
Always use sunscreen with a minimum SPF rating of at least 30. Women after menopause are at risk to more damage as their skin offers less natural protection than younger skin, as explained by WebMD. However, no matter your age, skin protection is always important!
CCA explains that you should apply it at least 20 minutes before heading out into the sun. Make sure you've invested in some water-resistant lotion if you're planning on taking a dip, and don't forget to reapply every two hours.
2. Accessorise wisely
Sun hats, lightweight scarves and long-sleeved clothing are a few items you can wear to protect yourself from the sun. These will form a barrier between you and harmful rays, and while it doesn't make much sense to wear long sleeves in the summer, it may keep you cooler than the sun shining on exposed skin.
Natural fibres such as cotton, will allow your skin to breathe, rather than manmade fabrics. Choose lighter colours like white, as it'll reflect the heat from the sun. Avoid black at all costs, as it'll retain that heat, causing you to be uncomfortably hot.
3. Look after your eyes
You already know how important it is to care for your eyes, especially as you enter into senior living. However, eyes are easily forgotten amidst the slapping on sunscreen.
Never look directly at the sun, of course, and don't look too long at objects that reflect the sun's glare. Buy a pair of UV protective sunglasses to reduce your eyes straining during bright, sunny days.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology explains that sunglasses can reduce your risks of developing eye cancer and cataracts. Make sure that the sunnies you buy meet Australian Standards for the best protection.
Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. This, combined with the aforementioned tips can help to prevent sun damage. You'll be able to enjoy your time with family on the beach without worry this summer.