Skin care can be a challenge for seniors in any weather. Exposure to sun, hot or cold temperatures or living in a dry climate can make skin care especially difficult. Here are some tips for keeping your skin healthy all year.
Avoid Sun Damage
Being outside is crucial to staying mentally and physically healthy. However, you need to take care of your skin when you go outside. One on the most important things to do for your skin is to keep it from getting sunburnt. Exposure to the sun in any season, for any length of time has potential to do damage to your skin. It can be easy to forget that even during the cloudy winter months, you can get sunburned too.
Sunburn at best is uncomfortable and at worst can cause permanent damage. It can be tempting to avoid sunscreen because it might irritate your skin, but make an effort to find a sunscreen that is comfortable for you. Try to find a sunscreen that is free of any fragrances or dyes. Many sunscreens that use zinc are more difficult to rub in, but they are often more tolerable for sensitive skin. You can even try sunscreen that is designed to be gentle on babies’ sensitive skin.
In addition to sunscreen, wide brimmed hats are perfect for keeping the sun off of your ears, neck and face. You can also wear loose fitting long sleeve shirts and pants to keep the sun off your arms and legs. Seek out shade when you have been out in the sun for a long time.
Talk to your pharmacist and doctor about your medications. Many medications can cause skin to be overly sensitive to sunlight. An amount of sun exposure that would otherwise be insignificant could cause serious damage while taking some medications. Be aware of the precautions you need to take while using your medication.
Drinking water is one on the best things you can do for skin health. It is easy to become dehydrated even while performing your everyday tasks. Drinking water will help keep your skin from drying out and keep you feeling healthy and well. Anytime you go outside, exercise, or go on an excursion take a water bottle with you so that you have one near by in case you become thirsty. Try to choose water for a beverage throughout the day instead of soda, juice or other drinks.
Moisturizers are an important part of keeping your skin healthy. If you have sensitive skin use a moisturizer that doesn’t have any fragrances or dyes. You can even have your moisturizer do double duty by using one that includes sunscreen. Moisturize twice a day; after your shower or bath and then again before bed to keep your skin from developing dry, scratchy patches.
Eat for Skin Health
Eating well will also improve your skin health. According to Prevention, eating tomato paste can actually help your skin resist sunburn. Other foods that are high in antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins like C and A are excellent for skin health. Foods that promote healthy skin include kale, nuts, seeds, berries, fish, eggs and olive oil. Even chocolate and coffee in moderation can improve skin health. In general, eat less processed, sugary foods and more fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. Eating well can help reduce your risk of skin cancer, smooth out wrinkles and help your skin feel moist and supple.
Make a Plan for Skin Health
Dry, patchy skin can be uncomfortable and annoying. Take steps to keep your skin feeling healthy and supple. . Work with your healthcare provider and any caretakers to help you develop the best methods for addressing your specific skin concerns. With a plan in place you can avoid irritating skin and work to repair any damage.