Aging brings with it many changes and new health concerns. You may have given very little thought to your aging skin but given that your skin is the body’s largest organ and its first line of defense against outside bacteria and germs, you will want to protect and take care of it during your senior years. Your old practices may be harmful or at least insufficient for the changing needs of your skin. Learn the best techniques for skincare for older adults, to ensure health and wellness for your skin:
1. Wash and Moisturize
Aging skin tends to lose elasticity and moisture. It is more difficult for your skin to produce and hold onto its natural moisture. It can become quite dry, leading to discomfort and an unappealing appearance. To protect your skin, you may need to adjust your bathing routine. Many people enjoy taking steaming hot showers. Such high temperatures only sap moisture from the skin, making it drier and more vulnerable to damage. Shift your water temperatures to be warm rather than hot.
Follow your bath with lotion to lock in moisture. Use fragrance free lotions that will not irritate your skin. Select lotions designed to really moisturize, perhaps even with added nutrients to nourish your skin. Be sure to also use lotion before bed when the body is more prone to dehydration, and on your hands throughout the day to combat the moisture loss during frequent hand washing.
2. Use Skin Protection
While you are out in about in the world, your skin is busy protecting you from the world around you. However, this means that your skin can take a lot of damage throughout the day. You likely already know that you should use sun protection to ward off the sun’s damaging rays and prevent skin cancer. Sun protection becomes important for aging skin, which can be more easily damaged. Use sunscreen and dress appropriately in sunny weather with a hat, sunglasses, and loose, sun blocking fabrics.
Skincare for older adults also involves protecting the skin against other elements aside from the sun. Be mindful about going outdoors during high wind and extreme temperatures. Both conditions can negatively affect your skin. At the least, give your skin some additional TLC after being in such elements—bathe carefully to avoid further damage and then use lotion to replenish lost moisture.
3. Food and Drink
You are what you eat is quite true when it relates to your skin. Aging adults need to ensure their diet has skin supporting nutrients. If your diet is lacking, then take supplements and vitamins to get the nutrients you might otherwise be lacking. Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to many different skin problems, so if you spot something that seems unusual, it may be a cause for concern that could be addressed with a simple diet change. Of course, you should always consult your doctor if you spot anything concerning.
Skin supporting foods include those with healthy fats such as fish, avocados, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. Including Vegetables and fruits is always helpful. You might be happy to know that dark chocolate even has skin supporting benefits. Hydration is, of course, also important. Water is the main source you should turn to, however, green tea and red wine each have helpful skin supporting compounds too.
Skincare for older adults relies on many of the same principles anyone should use to promote and maintain their skin’s health. By making good choices and perhaps a few changes here and there, you can enjoy healthy and attractive skin during your senior years. If you have certain health conditions, such as diabetes, you may need additional skin care recommendations so consult your doctor as needed.