Your skin says a lot about you. It’s a testament not only to your life experience, but also to the effort you’ve put into sustaining it. Skin care at any age is important, but skin care as the years go by is even more crucial – especially if your skin care routine has been lacking or even nonexistent.
Here’s some advice on how to nourish your body’s vital veneer.
Minimize Exposure to the Sun
Whenever you leave your home, remember to avoid the sun’s rays as much as possible, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the summer. And don’t forget that you’re still exposed to the sun on cloudy days.
Wear the Right Apparel and Accessories
Protection from the sun ‒ from head to toe – is important. Don’t venture out of your home without a hat to shield your eyes, ears and neck. The wider the hat’s brim, the better, by the way. And speaking of your eyes, protect them by wearing sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV (ultraviolet) ray protection. As for clothing, wear the most lightweight, long-sleeve shirt, pants or long skirt in your wardrobe. If you live in an Assisted Living community, a staff member could help you choose and put on the ideal wardrobe for sun protection.
Slather on Sunscreen
You must wear sunscreen, whether your skin is pale, dark or in between. Apply sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher to your skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply it every two hours (more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating).
Preserve Your Skin’s Moisture Content
Use mild soap when you bathe and make sure the water is warm, not hot. Replenish the moisture and oil lost when you bathe by applying creams, ointments or lotions.
Add Moisture to Your Indoor Air
A properly maintained humidifier can help ease the problems associated with dry indoor air, such as cracked lips and dry skin. Some are built into the home and others are freestanding. Be sure to keep the freestanding type clean; if not, it can breed mold and bacteria that are likely to aggravate allergies or asthma.
Hydration Is Crucial
You need to drink plenty of water every day, and not just when it’s hot. The human body contains about 60 percent water that supports every organ (that includes the skin). Signs of dehydrated skin include paleness, sagging and loss of elasticity. By the way, if your skin is dehydrated, it could be a sign of other problems in the body. It’s long been recommended that people drink eight glasses of water a day, but many medical experts now dispute that. Talk to your medical provider about what’s best for you.
Eat Quality Food
Drinking water isn’t the only way to nurture your skin. Certain foods have long been touted as great sources of water that benefit the body inside and out, so take advantage of them. Be sure to stock your fridge with hydrating foods such as bell peppers, blueberries, cantaloupes, celery, cucumbers, mixed greens, pineapples, spinach, watermelons and zucchini.
Skin Care for the Aging and Elderly
As we experience levels of aging and our skin changes, take the necessary steps to keep your skin at its most optimal level. Your entire body will thank you.