Some Skin Care Tips For Seniors
Ageing gracefully isn’t easy to do. Several factors affect your skin such as humidity, your health status, and the cosmetics you use. Other factors that impact on your skin include your exposure to dirt, your dietary intake, the amount of stress you’re under, your nutritional status and other environmental factors. It’s a fact that our skin suffers over time. The good news is that seniors still have natural ways to slow down or even reverse these effects.
By consuming a balanced diet that’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, your skin will rejoice. Foods that are sugary and salty just aren’t good for you and this will show in all areas including your skin.
Some ideas for highly nutritious foods that help to make your skin look good, lean towards healthy fats that are found naturally in foods like oily fish, avocados and nuts. But be sure to stay away from saturated fats. Green leafy vegetables and all types edible berries are great for you and rich in nutrients too.
As people get older they tend to drink less water for many reasons. If you’re an older person or have an elderly loved one, it’s important to replace the amount of fluid that you lose each day. According to the Better Health Channel, the older population should typically drink approximately 2 litres of fluid per day, or 8 cups. As older people are more prone to dehydration (particularly during the warmer months,) getting your required fluid intake is so important. But if you don’t like water so much, you can look at including caffeine free drinks to help you stay hydrated and definitely avoid drinking alcohol. If you don’t drink enough fluids each day, all of your body, including your skin will be affected. Dehydration dries out the skin, makes it look dull, and the skin becomes more prone to wrinkling too.
Sun protection wasn’t as much of a focus in days gone by. Many people didn’t know the damage that sun exposure could cause, and as a result, didn’t protect their skin from the sun. It’s known now that too much sun is dangerous, and it wrinkles the skin. It also causes sunspots and devastatingly it’s a major risk factor for skin cancer.
In regards to your skin, the sun dries out the skin. If you haven’t worried about protecting your skin from the sun in the past, start protecting it now. This will reduce further damage to the skin. The Australian Cancer Council recommends that you protect your skin at every stage of life by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and by covering up your body outdoors. Always wear a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and sunscreen if you’re heading outdoors.
Other ways for seniors to keep their youthful glow include quitting the cigarettes. Smoking is so bad for your health and it’s also bad for your skin. It certainly increases the signs of ageing and the longer you smoke for, the more obvious the signs are. Regular smokers develop lines around the mouth and stained teeth too. And smokers’ skin appears drier from all of the chemical exposure when smoking cigarettes. The chemicals in smoke such as carbon monoxide and nicotine reduce the blood flow and affect the skin’s ability to breathe.
It’s possible that wound healing slows down in smokers too, because blood vessels constrict and oxygen flow slows down. Also, collagen synthesis decreases as well as the growth of new blood vessels. It appears that there’s nothing good for the skin when it comes to smoking cigarettes. If you’re finding it difficult to quit the cigarettes, have a chat with your G.P. to discuss a quit smoking plan.
Invest in a Humidifier
Older people in warmer climates typically don’t consider investing in a humidifier. But people use heating and cooling in the home via air-conditioners more frequently. This zaps the air of humidity and dries out the skin. Depending on where you live, a humidifier can help the skin from becoming less dry and itchy. In the dry and cold months you can keep a humidifier at around 50%. This will help your skin to feel less itchy and dry.
Exercise improves overall health and well-being. Your muscles, bones, heart and skin respond well to regular exercise. Doing cardio exercise as well as resistance training is great for firming your skin. Essentially, exercise increases your circulation and oxygenates the blood. It aids in keeping all of your organs healthy, including your biggest organ, the skin. Exercise also helps you to sleep better and everybody knows that sleep gives you a stress free look and reduces the bags under your eyes.
Buy a Good Moisturiser
A good moisturising cream is a must for your skin. And day creams should always include sunscreen. There are certain natural ingredients that are found in moisturisers, that help the skin to look good. Choose creams the contain vitamins A & E, as well as antioxidants.
A daily moisturiser should be applied to the face, neck and upper chest. Apply moisturiser at least morning and night and be sure to have both a day cream and a night cream as they’ll typically include different ingredients.
Not all good products on the market are expensive. Unfortunately it’s impossible to turn back time in a natural way, however, a good moisturiser will make your skin softer & smoother. Adding a sunscreen to your moisturiser will reduce further wrinkling and reduce skin damage too.
Avoid Using Soaps
As you get older you tend to be less active and more indoors. Consequently, you don’t get as dirty and have less need to scrub your fragile skin every day. When older Australians were younger it was more common to use harsher soaps on the skin. Nowadays there are many options on the market that are affordable and gentler on your skin. By investing in a soap-free moisturising body wash, you’ll help to keep the skin soft and well moisturised.
As we all know, there are many treatments on the market to reduce the signs of ageing. The focus above is on protecting the skin and keeping it as healthy as possible for as long as possible. And the final note is, always protect your skin from the sun!