The Importance of Skincare in the
How to care for your skin as you get
As you age, your skin loses its ability to protect your body as effectively as it did in previous years. The
skin acts as a barrier to infections and other hazards to your internal organs so it is vital to your overall
health. However, it may need some extra help as it ages. So, how can you help
your skin do its job as you get older?
|Our body changes with age, most
noticably the skin.
So, we must help our skin do its job better in the senior years.
How Skin Ages
The skin contains several glands which produce natural oils keeping the skin moist. The natural production of
this oil depletes as you get older, with many suffering from cracked, broken and dry skin. Also, skin loses its elasticity as you age, meaning it will be less supple and is likely to sag and
suffer wrinkles. This process can be sped up by increased exposure to sunlight, toxins or by smoking. Poor diet
and overall health can exacerbate skin problems in your later years, therefore it is important to be proactive
to maintain skin health.
Infections can develop, particularly on dry, broken skin. Chronic skin conditions elderly people may suffer from
· Other forms of dermatitis
These conditions are often characterized by the appearance of skin lesions, excessive dry patches, itching and inflammation. Many are associated with or are
a side-effect of other conditions but can occur independently. Older skin also bruises more quickly and the
ability to heal from cuts and bruises is reduced. Skin may therefore scar more prominently and bruises will not
|In the old age the skin gets affected by
many different conditions,
all of which end up changing our skin and thus require a better care.
A nurse or doctor can suggest skincare routines based on an examination of the skin, touching to determine
moisture levels and determining whether there are any distinct odors coming from the skin. The skincare routine
recommended will be based on whether you have naturally aging skin or whether you have a condition that requires
treatment. Emollients are often recommended to increase the amount of water in the outer layer of skin in elderly individuals with
excessive dryness. Washing products may also have to be changed to fragrance and alcohol free counterparts to
avoid drying out the skin. As soap increases the skin’s pH, a substitute may be recommended to avoid bacterial
Always seek medical advice if your skin is becoming difficult to treat and maintain with regular products. You
may be suffering from an underlying skin condition that requires further treatment.