Do you know the dangers of sun exposure? The lightest sunburn can lead to permanent skin damage! It’s easy to grab a bottle of sunscreen off the drugstore shelf and think you’re covered, but not all sunscreens are created equally. Some commercial sunscreens contain chemicals that do more harm than good for your skin and do not provide enough protection! It’s important that you find the best and healthiest option for you.
Sunscreen comprises of chemicals that either reflect or absorb UV rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin. The “SPF” you see on sunscreen bottles refers to Sun Protection Factor, or how well the sunscreen will protect you from UV rays. The FDA and most health organizations recommend that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, but no level of SPF will block 100% of UV rays. That’s why no matter how much sunscreen you apply, you physically cannot lay out in the sun for hours and hours every single day without causing skin damage.
Health experts recommend that you enjoy the sunshine from a shady spot and avoid subjecting your skin to UV rays for long periods of time. If you do plan on being out in the sun for two hours at a time or more, be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Experts suggest that there isn’t really one sunscreen that trumps all, but some do contain less harmful chemicals than others. “Fragrance-Free” is always a good way to go if you want fewer chemicals in your sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to use baby and child-safe sunscreens on your kids as they usually have fewer chemicals and are better for young skin. Some skin product manufacturers, like Neutrogena for example, produce “sensitive-skin” sunscreens that you can try out. You’ll have to remember that most if not all sunscreens that actually work against UV rays will include some chemicals because that’s how they work.
Unfortunately for seniors, Medicare generally does not cover cosmetic treatments to fix your skin. Medicare Part B will only cover dermatology if medically necessary.
If you are above the age of 65 or otherwise eligible for Medicare, our partners at Medicare Plan Finder can help you keep your skin healthy and glowing. They can send a Medicare agent to your home (free of charge) to help you pick a Medicare plan that works best for you. Just click here to request more information or give them a call at 833-438-3676.