Skin Care Tips for Seniors

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This article was updated on: 10/05/2018

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Your skin changes as you age. According to the Mayo Clinic, the natural process of aging combined with sun exposure and even genetics can contribute to thinning skin. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says fragile skin needs special attention to prevent common skin problems like dry skin, bruising, wrinkling, age spots, skin tags, and even skin cancer. Here are some skin care tips to help keep your skin healthy.

How can I prevent dry, itchy skin?

It’s common for seniors to get itchy patches of dry skin on the elbows, legs, and arms, according to the NIA. The skin care tips they recommend to help prevent dry skin include limiting the number of baths or showers you take, using warm water instead of hot, switching to a milder soap, and applying moisturizing creams and lotions every day. Another skin care tip is to use a humidifier in your room to keep the air from drying out.

If the above skin care tips don’t relieve your dry, itching skin, the Cleveland Clinic suggests you may have an underlying condition such as eczema or dermatitis. Your doctor can diagnose any underlying problem and recommend products and medications to treat them.

The NIA also suggests talking to your doctor about the medications you take, since some medications may make itchy skin worse.

Are there skin care tips for thinning skin?

Thin, fragile skin is a natural part of aging and not usually a sign of serious underlying medical problems, according to an article published by the Mayo Clinic. Skin care tips to help prevent tears and bruising include:

  • Covering exposed skin as much as possible with long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat to protect the skin on your face.
  • Limiting your sun exposure and using broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors.
  • Keeping skin well moisturized.

Along with these common sense skin care tips, you may also want to talk to your doctor about prescription products that contain retinol (Vitamin A), which can strengthen your skin and help prevent injury.

What are skin care tips to reduce wrinkling?

The NIA reminds seniors that wrinkling skin is simply a part of aging. Gravity, exposure to the elements, advancing age, and personal habits like smoking all contribute to the degree of skin wrinkling you experience. There are no proven skin care tips to prevent wrinkling, but you can talk to a dermatologist if excess wrinkling concerns you.

What skin care tips help prevent age spots?

Age spots generally show up in places like the hands, face, arms, feet, and back—areas that tend to get the most sun exposure, according to the NIA. They are also called liver spots, and they are more common in people who spend a lot of time in the sun. One skin care tip is to use a good sunscreen or sunblock product to help discourage the formation of new age spots.

What are some routine skin care tips for mature skin?

The Cleveland Clinic states that most signs of aging in mature skin result from exposure to sun and the elements, so the best skin care tips help you reduce the effects of UV radiation from the sun on your skin. Another important skin care tip is to stop smoking, as smoking speeds up the aging of the skin.

  • Always use sunscreen and limit your time in the sun.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet so your body has the nutrients it needs to repair damage to your skin.
  • Consider an over-the-counter anti-aging cream with ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid), which have been shown to have positive effects on aging skin.
  • Prescription medications like Retin-A or Renova may minimize fine wrinkles and age spots. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your aging skin.

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