Take Care of the Skin You’re In

Health and Wellness, Nutrition, skin

Posted by: Pam Davis on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

With Winter upon us, it is a good time to talk about caring for our skin. As we spend more time indoors and crank the heat up, skin gets dry, no matter what type of heat you are using. It’s important to use a moisturizer and prevent dryness and cracks which can lead to other problems. Seniors are especially susceptible to skin problems and below are a few reminders and tips to keep skin in the best possible condition.

1. Eat Well

Eating healthy foods can improve your skin and help you feel good, too! Choose foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Some examples are green vegetables, berries, salmon, avocados.

2. Hydrate

Drinking water is essential for good health. It flushes out toxins that can contribute to skin problems and refreshes the body

3. Use a humidifier

This can add some moisture to the air, especially needed in the winter months, to prevent dryness, cracking and chapping

4. Avoid smoking

Goes without saying that smoking is unhealthy no matter what your age.  

5. Sun protection

Even in the winter months, using sunscreen is a good idea when spending time outdoors. Sun is very damaging to the skin

6. Keep your nails trimmed

Seniors tend to have thinner skin that tears easily, and a person can inadvertently scratch themselves with long nails.

7. Avoid excessive washing and harsh soaps

Most seniors do not need to vigorously scrub the skin every day. Using a soft, fragrance free soap is sufficient

8. Choose a good skin cream

Moisturizers with vitamins A and E, aloe, or natural antioxidants are great. Cream should be applied to the face, neck and arms several times a day. Moisturized skin prevents dryness and can prevent skin tears.

9. If you have any problems with your skin, contact your physician or dermatologist.

Any changes such as rashes, cuts that won’t heal, reddened areas, etc should be promptly examined by a medical professional. This is especially important if you have diabetes, circulation problems or any signs of infection. Podiatrists can also examine and treat any areas from the knee down to the foot.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and its important as we age to take preventative measures to protect it. Following these simple guidelines can make a big difference and promote long term successful skin care.

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