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How to Look After Your Ageing Skin

How Can You Look After Your Skin as You Age?

We all know that it gets harder to look after your ageing skin. Although we all age differently, there are some obvious truths to ageing skin:

  • Your skin gets drier
  • Your skin’s healing time slows down
  • Your skin becomes thinner and gets irritated more easily
  • And we all know that skin gets wrinkly, and many people develop age related marks

So we don’t have a magic cure, but here are some great suggestions to nurture your skin as you age.

If you’re an ageing person in senior independent living or an aged care facility, there are affordable, everyday solutions to healthier skin.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Even if your skin is wrinkly & you’ve developed sun spots you still need to protect your skin from the sun to reduce the risk of skin cancers.

older woman wearing a hat

As the Cancer Council suggests, Melanoma is the most deadliest of skin cancers, and is largely associated to sun exposure and sunburn. They recommend that you where clothing that covers your body. Additionally by wearing a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen you protect your skin further.

You may wonder what the best way is to cover yourself from the sun. Wear a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeves and don’t forget the sunglasses.

Staying out of the sun and seeking shade is also helpful when looking after your skin. For more information about sun protection, visit the cancer council.

The sun ages us. Sun exposure not only causes skin cancers, it also makes us wrinkly. You can develop sun spots, as well as thin and dry skin.

Use Moisturiser

Keep your skin moist by using a daily moisturising cream or lotion. And always use a day time moisturiser that contains sunscreen.

Also consider throwing that soap bar away, and consider investing in a pH neutral body wash that contains moisturiser. These small changes will help.

Stop Smoking

Everybody knows that cigarette smoke is dangerous for your health. But it’s also bad for you skin, and increases the signs of ageing.

Usually smokers will have creases around the mouth, stained teeth and drier skin. This is due to the many chemical contained in cigarette smoke.

Cigarette smoke contains chemicals including carbon monoxide and nicotine. These chemicals reduce blood flow and affect the skin’s ability to breath.

According to Dermnet NZ, smoking impacts on wound healing, due to constriction of the blood vessels, lack of oxygen, decreased collagen synthesis, and delayed growth of new blood vessels.

Keep Up Your Fluids

 Our skin is in fact an organ, and is made up of cells. Those cells contain water and without water they’ll not work effectively.

If your skin’s water depleted or dehydrated then it will appear dry, and consequently become more prone to wrinkling.

Invest in a Humidifier

Regardless of whether you live in a cold climate or a hot climate, people rely heavily on heating and air conditioning/ cooling nowadays. Heating and cooling can both make you skin dry and itchy as it strips the air from humidity.

By keeping the inside of your home at around 50% humidity with a humidifier, you skin will feel much less dry and itchy.

Eat Well and Exercise

 In further consideration, given that our skin is an organ made up of cells (just like the rest of our bodies), we really need to nurture it. By staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy balanced diet, we are looking after our bodies in their entirety.

Last but not least, exercise isn’t just great for our hearts, bones and muscles, but also for our skin. Resistance training helps to make our skin strong, firm and flexible. Exercise will also increase circulation and oxygen levels, aiding in keeping our organs healthy.

Finally exercise helps you to sleep well. Sleep is great for a stress free look to your skin and it also helps with reducing those bags under the eyes.

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