Skin Care for Older People
As you age, your skin undergoes several changes. Reduced elasticity, for example, can make the skin appear saggy or wrinkled. It may become thinner and more easily bruised, and as your fat distribution changes your skin may appear less plump. You also may observe a reduction in moisture that leads to itchiness, particularly on the lower legs, elbows and arms. Knowing how to care for your skin as you age can keep you feeling and looking your best.
Drink plenty of water each day --- at least eight 8-oz. glasses, according to the National Institute on Aging. Dehydration can cause dry, rough skin. Age-related itching can also be minimized by drinking plenty of water.
Apply a moisturizer to your skin every day. You may wish to use a face-specific moisturizer that contains a sun protection factor of 15 or higher on your face and then another moisturizer made for the body on the rest of your skin, suggests the Foundation for Health in Aging. This can seal in moisture, which makes your skin appear healthier.
Take fewer showers and use warm --- not hot --- water when you bathe, according to the Foundation for Health in Aging. Because reduced hormone production means you produce fewer oils on the skin, you may find you do not need to bathe as often as you once did. Bathing in hot water removes too much moisture from the skin --- taking a short shower or bath with warm water can help retain moisture and skin-preserving body oils.
Utilize a humidifier in your home to infuse moisture into the air if your skin is very itchy, according to the Foundation for Health in Aging. Because humidifiers use water, it's important to clean them regularly to prevent bacteria buildup.
Inspect your skin regularly for signs of changing moles that can indicate the presence of skin cancer. Suspicious moles typically display a change in one of the following characteristics: symmetry, borders, color, diameter or size, according to the National Institute on Aging. Report any changes to your physician.
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