As you age, your body undergoes several biological changes. The skin, for example becomes more fragile and thinner; glands lose the ability to moisturize the skin effectively; & it is therefore common for the elderly to have dry skin, and other skin-related problems, like wrinkles, sagging skin, etc. The main reason your skin lose elasticity is the reduced production of elastin & collagen as a result of aging. Apart from the natural effects of aging, other factors like the environment, ethnicity, and heredity also decide how your skin ages. Though changes in the skin is a part of aging, following a proper skin-care routine can help you keep your skin looking younger and healthier, while keeping several skin-related diseases at bay. Given below are some useful tips to follow:
- Wash Your Skin Gently
Washing your face with hot water, and using strong soaps or detergents on the skin can strip away the lubricating oils from your skin. As a result, your skin may feel dry or itchy. So, use lukewarm water and mild cleansers to keep your skin healthy and supple.
- Moisturize Your Skin Well
To keep your skin hydrated, use a good quality, fragrance-free moisturizer with natural ingredients, like Vitamin A & E, aloe vera and cucumber extract. Apply the moisturizer not just on your face, but also on your neck & arms every day.
- Apply Sunscreen Regularly
In order to prevent the damage which UV rays can cause to your skin, apply a good sunscreen & cover yourself up with the right clothing while going out in the sun for too long. Also, wear sunglasses to keep your eyes & the skin around them protected from the harmful UV rays.
- Eat right
As the food you eat highly impacts your skin, make sure to include the right amount of essential Vitamins & minerals in your diet as recommended by your nutritionist or health care provider. Foods like green vegetables, berries, melons, avocados, and walnuts help keep the skin look and feel fresh.
- Drink Plenty Of Water
Don’t forget to supplement your diet with lots of water as it helps to refresh the body by flushing out all the toxins which cause skin problems. If you think that hiring a caregiver to take care of your needs can help you live a healthier, happier life, reach out to us today! To learn about our elder home care services, call us @ 1-844-284-4844.