Seasonal Skin Care for Seniors
September 23, 2015
Home Care in Los Gatos CAWith age, changing skin requires special care. Aging skin is more fragile, less able to repair itself and thinner. Winter winds and cold can rob the skin of precious moisture, while exposure to UV-rays during the summer can lead to burning, age spots and skin-related diseases. Home care for seniors should consistently incorporate skin protection for all seasons. For example:
- Use a humidifier, if possible. This helps the skin stay moisturized and supple, combating drying, itching and flaking.
- Apply a heavy-duty lanolin-free moisturizer immediately after bathing to lock in moisture. While a light formula is typically sufficient in mild weather, a heavier or thicker cream is best when it gets colder. Always use sunblock or a moisturizer with sunblock on exposed skin such as the face, neck, hands and chest area.
- Avoid long hot baths and showers, as this can actually reduce the level of moisture in the skin. Warm water is best.
- When going outside, be sure to cover any exposed areas of the body - hands, arms, neck and ears.
- Drink enough water - eight glasses per day - to ensure hydration from the inside out. Cooler temperatures aren't a reason to drink less.
- Always use a sunblock that has an SPF factor of 30 or higher, per the advice of the AAD. Wear sunscreen each and every day, even when staying indoors, UV rays can pass through glass such as home or car windows.
- If possible, stay indoors or protect skin when the suns rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use sunglasses, lightweight scarves, umbrellas and other protective gear when going out.
- Moisturize, as hot or dry conditions can dry the skin. Many types of moisturizers now have sunscreen but always check the ingredients and level of SPF. Avoid lanolin-based products, as this can irritate aging skin.
- When going outdoors in the summer, wear protective clothing and take something like an umbrella for shade.