Skin Care Tips for Seniors

In the sunshine in the garden
In the sunshine in the garden

Here are some simple yet very effective skin care tips for seniors. As a person gets older, his or her skin tends to become more sensitive and as a result needs extra care and protection.

Enjoy a Healthy Diet: Everybody, including seniors, should eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods not only help the skin look better but also feel good.  Particularly helpful foods for the skin include: green vegetables, melons, berries, walnuts, salmon, and avocados.

Ensure You Drink Plenty of Water: The sensation of thirst decreases in seniors, and therefore they are more at risk of becoming dehydrated. Drinking lots of water helps hydrate skin from the inside out, so remember to drink plenty of fluids every day.

Beware of the Sun: The sun will dry out the skin almost faster than anything else. Wear protective clothing when going out in the sun for extended periods of time for example a practical sunhat is particularly useful. Invest in a good sunscreen with a high SP factor and use when going outside on a sunny day.

Avoid Harsh Soaps and Excessive Washing: Most seniors do not lead an overly active life and so do not need to vigorously scrub the skin on a daily basis. Washing the face with water or a mild soap is often sufficient. Purchasing a soft, mild bath soap is also a good idea, and make sure the bath water isn’t too hot!

Use a Natural Moisturiser: Choosing a good moisturising skin cream is a must. Such a cream should contain natural ingredients such as:vitamin A, vitamin E, aloecucumber extract and natural antioxidants.

Consider Using a Humidifier: Cold, dry air saps moisture from your skin, which causes all kinds of problems, including dryness, dullness, flaking, and accelerated aging. A humidifier can help prevent all these damaging effects, and help you maintain soft and supple skin.

I hope these tips have been useful and let me know if you can think of any other useful tips to share, you can contact me in the office by telephone 01992 66677, email [email protected] or in person by popping into our offices on the High Street!

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