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Aging Skin Needs Special Care | Generations Home Care
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Our skin keeps us together, literally. What many people don’t realize is that our skin is the largest organ in the body. That’s why taking care of it is imperative for helping maintain our overall health. Regular cleaning, moisturizing, and sun care keep aging skin healthy and functioning and reduces your risk of many health conditions.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, but creating and maintaining a skincare regimen will help you avoid many health issues, keep you active, and feel a sense of well-being for many years to come.

Aging Skin

As skin ages you may have noticed some changes. These changes, while normal, can increase issues that range from irritating to risky. So, a little proactive care for your skin is actually caring for your overall health. Some of the changes to notice in aging skin are:

  • Reduced oil glands and sweat glands.
  • Thinning of the skin.
  • Loss of protective fat layer.
  • Loss of elasticity.
  • Skin tag growth.
  • Increased healing time.

Risks with Aging Skin

Cancer

Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, with roughly 9,500 new cases diagnosed every day. Though the numbers are high, skin cancer is also highly preventable and treatable. Regular skin checks should be part of your at home routine, which will help you notice irregularities such as changing moles that can be checked by your doctor quickly and easily. 

Skin checks aren’t the only prevention tool you can use. Here are some other tips for taking care of your skin and preventing skin cancer:

  • Avoid sunburns.
  • Daily sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher.
  • Stay in the shade when possible while outside.
  • Schedule a yearly skin exam with your physician.
  • Don’t use tanning beds or sun lamps that emit UV rays.
  • Use UV-blocking clothing if outside for an extended period .

Dry Itchy Skin

Dry skin is easily dismissed as an irritation but it’s important to talk with your doctor about this issue because it can be linked with additional health concerns in addition to being a symptom of aging skin. Itchy skin can indicate uncontrolled diabetes and kidney disease and may be the first sign that something is wrong. Certain medications can cause this annoying symptom, and your doctor will want to review and possibly make changes to give you relief. In addition to the irritation, because aging skin is also thinning, excessive itching can result in tearing of the skin and bleeding, which if not properly taken care of, can increase the risk of infection.

Bruising

Because of thinning skin and a loss of the fat protection layer around blood vessels, older people bruise more easily than younger people, and it can take longer for bruises to heal. Additionally, some medications increase susceptibility to bruising. Aging skin may explain why you discover new bruises without remembering how you got them. 

Though bruising may seem minor, it can indicate more significant issues, especially if the number of them continues to increase. Check in with your doctor to ensure that there are no underlying conditions or medication changes you should make. In the meantime, here are some tips to help prevent injuries:

  • Avoid throw rugs. 
  • Check your vision and hearing regularly.
  • Make sure rooms and hallways are well-lit.
  • Keep walkways free of clutter and electrical cords.
  • Check if your medication has side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.

Age Spots, Skin Tags, and Wrinkles

While you may or may not wear your wrinkles and age spots with pride, they are a normal part of aging skin and nothing to worry about. Skin tags, which are small, flesh-colored skin growths with raised surfaces, are also harmless but can cause irritation depending on where they’re located. Common locations include, eyelids, neck, armpits, chest, and groin. Your doctor can easily remove them if they bother you. 

Skin Care

We can’t slow down time, but we can make the most of what we’re given. And, when it comes to skin, that means taking care of it every day. Luckily, it’s not complicated!

Diet

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “eat the rainbow.” Eating a wide variety of whole foods is important because it delivers the range of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to support healthy function. When it comes to your skin, eating right promotes faster skin repair and reduces the risk of bruising. Eat a colorful diet, add nuts and fish, and know that you’re not only fueling your body but also taking care of your skin. 

Hydration

If you can only do one thing, increase your water intake and make sure your body isn’t constantly craving more hydration. Water helps reduce and remove toxins, prevents dryness and itchy skin, promotes better healing, reduces brain fog and confusion, and supports better digestion. Medications can sometimes make it harder to maintain hydration by either increasing urine output or reducing the desire or recognition of thirst. 

Aim for 6-8 glasses of water a day. Start by adding just one more glass to your routine and slowly work your way up. Here are some tips to increase your water intake:

  • Sip throughout the day.
  • Take medication with a full glass of water.
  • Utilize broths and soups.
  • Add sliced fruit or ice cubes.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.

Moisturize

There’s no magic product that will turn back time but using moisture-rich soaps and lotions will help keep your skin supple, provide a moisture barrier from dry air, and lock in the hydration you’re providing with your increased water intake. Pick a favorite lotion and apply it often. Just make sure you’re avoiding artificial dyes and perfumes because the chemicals can actually exacerbate the problem

Humidifiers and lower-temperature bathing or showering can also help maintain your skin’s moisture, especially in the winter time or excessively dry climates.

Sunscreen

Some sun is necessary for making vitamin D, but too much can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Aging skin becomes particularly vulnerable to sun damage from UV rays, so it’s important to protect the skin with sunscreen (SPF 50 or greater), stay in the shade, and wear protective gear like hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves. 

Some medications can increase sensitivity to UV rays, so check with your doctor about the medications you are taking.

Skin Checks

If we don’t pay attention, we won’t notice changes. Watch your skin and take note of any changes occurring. Some new wrinkles or age spots probably mean you’re living life to the fullest but spotting a changing mole or noticing an increase in bruising is worth mentioning to your doctor. Early detection is always the easiest way to prevent and treat a bigger problem. 

About Generations Home Care

Generations Home Care’s personalized in-home care and support services can help you find the best ways to understand their healthcare and develop strategies to keep track of their doctor’s care plan. We assist those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.

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  • Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
  • Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
  • Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
  • Veteran’s connection to care program.
  • Live-in services and couples care.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.


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