March Senior Snippets! - Skin Care Tips for Seniors

In this instalment, I will be sharing some simple yet very effective skin care tips for seniors. As a person gets older, the skin tends to get more sensitive and thus needs extra care and protection.

Eat the Right Foods

Everybody, including seniors, should eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods not only help the skin look good but also feel good.  Particularly helpful foods for the skin include: Green Vegetables, Melons, Berries, Walnuts, Salmon, and Avocados.

Stay Hydrated

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.

Sun Protection

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 and invest in a good Sunscreen.

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 Good Skin Cream

Choosing a good moisturizing skin cream is a must. Such a cream should contain natural ingredients such as: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Aloe Cucumber Extract and Natural Antioxidants.

Use 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.


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