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Do not smoke or consume excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
Always apply sunscreen before venturing outdoors. Protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays by staying out of direct sunlight. Keep to shaded areas whenever possible, and wear sunglasses, a hat, and protective clothing.
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important for your skin and body.
Apply moisturizer regularly - everywhere, face and body - smoothing it gently over your skin. Don’t forget your neck, hands, and feet. There are extra rich and medicated moisturizing lotions, creams, and ointments that can help soothe your dry, rough and/or itchy skin. Your doctor can provide recommendations.
Use a mild, moisturizing, PH balanced soap. Many soaps and shower gels are too harsh for aging skin and strip our skin of its natural oils.
If you take frequent baths or showers, try cutting back a bit. Wash with warm water instead of hot, use a soft washcloth, and avoid vigorous scrubbing.
We don't always notice how the passing of time shows on our own faces or on the faces of those we love. We see beyond the surface and the etchings of life on our physical canvas. But living does have its effects... especially when it comes to our skin.
Aging skin is a fact of life. It happens. Skin goes through changes as we get older. Not only the skin on our faces, but everywhere else as well. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. It loses elasticity and begins to wrinkle and sag. It often becomes dry, rough, and itchy. Dark spots and skin tags begin to appear as if by magic. And, the older we get, the more prominently our veins and tendons stand out in our hands and feet. Our skin also bruises much more easily than when we were younger, and it takes longer for the bruises to heal.
It's impossible, of course, to turn back the clock or jump into a time machine and retrieve the softer, firmer, smoother, unlined skin of our youth. However, there are things we can do to take care of our skin and protect it so it stays as healthy and youthful as possible.
Many products and procedures are available today that are specifically geared toward revitalizing and/or repairing aging skin. There are lotions, creams, oils, scrubs, herbal mixtures, plant extracts, injections, laser treatments, surgical procedures, etc. Some have merit. Some do not. If you are interested in any of these options, talk with your doctor about which route would be most appropriate for you.
It is never too late to start taking better care of your skin. The following are some basic skin care tips that are especially helpful for those of us in our seasoned years.
Be wary of products with "anti-aging" ingredients. Some contain ingredients that may be too harsh on thinning skin. Test products on a small area of skin and wait to see if there is a reaction. It is wise to use stronger products under the guidance of a doctor or health professional.
Eat a well balanced, healthy diet. What you put in your body shows in your skin. Proper nutrition will give you a healthier glow and help keep your skin from looking pasty or sallow.
Use a humidifier in your home. It will add moisture to the air, which can be especially helpful for dry, rough, and/or itchy skin.
Wear clothing that is loose and breathable. Stick to cotton whenever you can and avoid polyester or other synthetic fabrics.
Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Avoid rubbing your skin.