Our skin changes with age. While it used to be elastic and capable of healing light wounds, it may become prone to dryness and irritation in our later years. This is why senior skin needs more attention and skincare.
As a home health care agency in Indianapolis, Indiana we often have senior patients who we assist with personal care.
Here are some senior skincare tips from the American Academy Dermatology Association:
- Switch up your bathing routine
You would want to avoid harsh bar soaps, drying hot baths, and bath brushes when taking a bath. Change to gentle fragrance-free cleansers, warm baths, and a soft cloth instead. Apply a creamy fragrance-free moisturizer formulated for dry skin within 3 minutes of bathing and throughout the day.
- Use a humidifier
Heating and air conditioning can strip humidity from the air and make your skin dry and itchy. Keeping your indoor humidity between 45% and 60% can reduce dry and itchy skin.
- Wear gloves
Protect your hands when doing housework and gardening. These activities can expose your skin to harsh chemicals that irritate your skin.
- Protect your skin from the sun
Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day. If you have to go out, make sure that you wear clothing that protects you from the sun and whenever possible, seek shade.
In need of a caregiver to assist with your skincare and your daily activities? You can contact us at Caring Hands Personal Services Agency LLC. We’ll make sure to assist you with your daily routines and provide you with a better quality of life.