With miles and miles of gorgeous beaches, Florida is a sought-out destination for many travelers. Known as the Sunshine State, visitors relish frolicking in the ocean waves, boating, swimming, sunbathing, and other outdoor activities. Here are three of the best tips for maintaining your skin care health at your retirement community in Venice, Florida.
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Use Sunscreen When Under the Florida Sunshine
Sunscreen is a necessity during when living or staying in Florida to protect your skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays breach the upper skin layer, causing the skin to redden and burn. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays penetrate the deeper skin layers, resulting in observable signs of aging, such as wrinkles, and sun spots.
Many dermatologists advocate using sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 to 30, as those with higher SPFs don’t impart much more protection. The percentage of UVB rays blocked by different SPF values is indicated below:
- SPF 15 – 93%
- SPF 30 - 97%
- SPF 50 – 98%
Full body coverage protection generally requires an ounce of sunscreen, which should be reapplied every two hours. Some guidelines to sunscreen include:
- If your skin typically burns after ten minutes in the sunshine, an SPF 15 sunscreen would permit you to stay in the sun 15 times longer in the sun without burning. This factor is a rough estimate only, because of the varying factors of skin type, and the sun’s intensity.
- When buying sunscreen, make sure that the UVA protection is equal to at least one-third of the UVB protection
- Mineral-based sunscreens which are often called “natural” are not always the safest selections available today. These sunscreens usually contain only titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and they do not perform as well as chemically-based sunscreens.
Moisturize After A Day in the Sun
Even though the air in Florida is humid, it doesn’t replace the moisture that you lose each day. The most effective moisturizers for humid weather are those that contain humectants, such as urea, alpha hydroxy acids, or glycerin. Humectants absorb water from the air, and are most effective in areas of high humidity.
Stay Cool and Cover-Up
The sunshine is the most intense between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Although many dermatologists recommend staying inside during the hottest parts of the day to prevent sun damage, outside is often where the action is. When you are outside, always use sunscreen, wear a hat, and put on sunglasses.
You want to get the most out of the Florida lifestyle when you retire at your luxury senior living community in Venice. Be sure to use these tips to do that while protecting your skin.