Skin changes are common as we age. Skin gets thinner and drier, and wrinkles, age spots, and creases may appear. It may also bruise more easily. A little more tender loving care for aging skin can make a difference in maintaining it to be healthier and more vibrant. Here are 5 essential tips that you should consider to keep your aging skin healthy.
Alter Your Bathing Routine
You should replace your long, hot baths with a warm bath or a 10-minute shower. If you’re using bar soap, you should replace it with a gentler cleanser when caring for aging skin. After showering, apply a fragrance-free moisturizer. You should avoid using body oils though, as they might increase the risk of falling due to spillage.
Protect Yourself from Sun Rays
When you’re outside, protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Spring is a wonderful time to spend outside with your loved one, but you should make sure that your skin is protected with sunscreen of at least SPF 30. You should also try to stay in the shade and wear a hat for further protection.
Increase Humidity While at Home
When you’re inside the house, boost the humidity. Dry skin is frequently caused by dry air. Use a humidifier in an older adult’s house when the heating or air conditioning is on. You can determine humidity levels using a hydrometer. You should aim for a reading of 45 to 60 percent.
Protect Working Hands
When you work, you should ensure that your hands are protected. If you enjoy helping with domestic chores or gardening, make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from harsh chemicals that could irritate or harm the skin.
Check for Skin Cancer
You should examine your skin for any signs of skin cancer. As we age, the chance of skin cancer grows, so make sure you and your loved ones see a dermatologist at least once a year to get checked for it. Between appointments, keep an eye out for any new moles or spots on the skin, and notify the dermatologist if any existing spots or moles change in size, shape, or color. The doctor can also assist in developing a strategy to address any additional skin conditions that you or your loved ones may be experiencing.
These are some features that you can get if you experience skin cancer from being exposed to the sun for too long:
- A sore that bleeds or crusts and stays open for a few weeks
- A raised reddish patch or inflamed spot that crusts or itches but don’t hurt
- A bump that is shining pink, red, pearly white, or translucent
- A pink growth with crusted central indentation and an elevated border
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