Ways to Slow Down the Effects of Aging Skin

January 15th, 2015 by John Wilson

Learn how to care for your skin in senior living.

Senior living can mean drier skin.

As we grow older, our skin is the first place that shows our age. Several things contribute to how our skin ages: heredity, environment, how we eat and how much sun we get. Our skin makes less oil, causing it to become dry and itchy. In senior living, for women, this usually occurs after menopause, but for men, this doesn’t usually occur until after they are 80 years old. However, there are steps we can take to delay the impact on our skin as we advance in years.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Too much sun exposure can cause you to lose the suppleness in your skin. It can also make it leather-like if you are outside often for a lengthy time period. Avoiding too much sunlight can also reduce your risk of getting one of several types of skin cancer, which can be crucial in living your senior life activities. When you go out, no matter the season, use adequate sunscreen or sunblock.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking the required amount of water each day is one of the best ways you can nourish your skin to keep it looking younger longer. Keep hydrated with plain water or add a slice of orange, lime or lemon for extra flavor. Make this part of your daily routine.

Watch Your Diet

Keep up a good healthy diet and avoid caffeine since this can cause dryness in your skin. Watch your salt intake as well since this too can be drying. In living senior life, you should be especially careful with your nutrition. This is a good time to cut down on coffee and add those fresh fruits and vegetables you’ve been promising yourself.

Avoid Repetitive Neck and Facial Movements

Repetitive neck and facial motions like leaning forward over a table or desk with your chin braced in your hand, dropping your head for a long time while you concentrate over something, such as a book or knitting, or even sipping through a straw can cause your skin to wrinkle or sag. Keep good posture and try to avoid long periods of time in any one position and stay away from straws.

Check Out Your Environment

The heating from your home’s central air unit could be a major cause in your skin’s dryness. Look into using a humidifier, cool mist or a cup of water in the room to raise the moisture level. Lowering the temperature can also cause the humidity level to rise as well.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

It’s important in senior living to use a good moisturizer on your face daily, and a replenishing lotion on the rest of your skin will help keep it supple and smooth. Don’t forget to take care of your lips as well by using an effective moisturizing balm.

If you are looking for affordable senior living in Oklahoma City, with a caring staff, contact us. At Village at Oakwood, we believe our seniors should be treated with dignity and respect. We work hand in hand with our residents and their families to ensure their needs are met.

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