We understand that aging of the skin occurs naturally as our bodies get exposed to the environment and the sun. We also face decreased cell renewal as we age, incurring drier and rougher skin over time. Some of these skin changes include a loss of skin elasticity, increased ability to bruise, seeing more small blood vessels occurring, or pigmentation on your skin. For those who have had a long history of smoking, there could also be increased wrinkling or discoloration of the skin occurring.
Common Skin Conditions
As we age, one of the most common concerns that seniors have is the risk of skin cancer. Some common skin cancer types include basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and malignant melanoma. Skin cancer comes from cumulative sun exposure, which is why it is important that you check yourself for any new moles, spots, or changes in skin texture. Early detection of skin cancer can save lives.
The other common skin condition that seniors may face is that of dry and itching skin. With age, your skin loses some of its oil glands and with it, the ability to keep your skin soft. Seniors could also face bedsores, skin ulcers, and wrinkles.
What can you do to alleviate your concerns and protect your skin? Here are some of the best tips for skin care.
Be Generous with Sunscreen
Protect your skin from sun damage and UV rays by using sunscreen that offers a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. After application, do not forget to reapply every two hours to make sure that you are protected from harmful sun rays. To be safe, it is also recommended for you to wear a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved clothing when spending time in the sun.
Lower Your Bath Time Temperature
Hot showers strip your skin of essential oils. Take shorter and cooler showers to hydrate your skin and prevent moisture leaks.
Focus on Nutrition
Antioxidants help to slow down any damage done to your skin by free radicals. Vitamins C and E can be found in tasty foods such as olives, grapes, spinach, citrus fruits, and more. Omega-3s can also help to replenish your skin’s natural oils. Find them in fatty fish like salmon or mackerel. Eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways of protecting your skin and body!
Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturizing helps to prevent the exacerbation of fine lines and wrinkles. Simply apply petroleum jelly, aloe vera, or glycerin to help keep your skin supple.
When you get dehydrated, your skin suffers too. Bruising occurs more easily when you do not drink enough water.
See a Doctor
The best way to find out if your skin condition is alright is to seek professional help. The incidence of diabetes or kidney disease can also be underlying causes for skin problems if you follow the tips above, yet face dry or itchy skin problems.
Holistic Wellness at Spring Mill
To avoid unwanted diseases, prevention is better than cure. Follow the tips above to protect your skin as soon as you can! Here at Spring Mill, we believe that holistic wellness is the key to a happy and healthy life. If you or a loved one is in need of an assisted senior living option, our team of friendly staff is more than willing to help. Contact Spring Mill today!