If you or senior care providers are helping your loved one out, one of the things that you should pay attention to is their skin health. There is a lot that goes into managing one’s skin health including lifestyle, diet, reduced sun exposure, keeping hydrated, and much more.
If you want to help your senior loved one with their skin care, here are some tips to start out with.
One of the best things that your elderly loved one can do for their skin is to quit smoking. Research shows that nicotine constricts blood vessels in the skin. This messes with the proper flow of blood throughout the skin and makes the skin look duller and even older. If your loved one wants better, younger-looking skin, they can start to get that by quitting smoking.
Does your elderly loved one use straws in their drinks? If they do, this isn’t benefiting their skin at all. In fact, it is making things worse. Repetitively drinking from a straw can add wrinkles to the skin around one’s mouth, making the face look older. If your loved one wants to fight off wrinkles, they need to stop drinking from straws.
To help your loved one prevent damage to their skin, you should make sure they are wearing sunglasses while outdoors. The main reason for this is because squinting can cause damage to the skin and add more wrinkles to your loved one’s face, as well. To prevent this from happening, your elderly loved one should wear sunglasses outdoors – even in the winter.
Limiting the Consumption of Alcohol
Does your elderly loved one consume a lot of alcohol? If so, the alcohol isn’t doing any favors for their skin health, either. In fact, research shows that alcohol dries out the skin, making it less plump and drier, too. If your loved one wants to hydrate their facial skin, so their face looks more uplifting, they need to limit their consumption of alcohol.
Your elderly loved one should be wearing sunscreen while outdoors. Many elderly adults forget to use sunscreen or don’t think they will need to use it. However, even if your elderly loved one is riding in the car with the sun shining, the sun could damage their skin. If your loved one wears sunscreen more often, they could also reduce their chances of getting melanoma.
Now that you have this information, you can help your loved one to manage their skin care and skin health.