Over time, as you become older, your skin ages. The appearance and structures changes. Wrinkles, dryness, age spots appear. Even cancer has a higher chance to develop. However, you can take some steps to manage these changes and protect your skin.
Skin becomes dry
When you are old, your skin loses hydration and becomes dry. Most common areas that have dry skin are elbows, lower legs, lower arms. The skin looks rough and feels scaly to the touch.
Some factors can contribute to the dryness of an aging skin, including:
- Not drink enough water or other liquids, so your body is lack of hydration.
- Spend too much time under the sun.
- Stay in dry air for a long period of time. For example, you work or live in an air-conditioned room.
- Smoke cigarettes.
- Lose sweat and oil.
- Have some certain health problems such as diabetes, or kidney disease.
- Sweat lose oil on the skin. Water and oil made up the hydration.
What you can do to help dry skin
You can use some moisturizers such as creams, lotions to reduce dryness. Moisturizers should be used every day, even when the weather is hot and your skin looks wet. Every type of skin can benefit from moisturizers. Do not take steamy hot bath or shower as hot water can remove the oil on your skin. Warm water is better. You can use some devices that add moist to the air in your room. This may help.
Wrinkles are signs of aging process
Wrinkles appear on your skin over time as you get older. Some things in the environment that you are living in or UV radiations in the sunlight can contribute to the development of wrinkles. Your facial expressions such as smiling, or crying; and smoking can also lead to wrinkle in the skin.
How you can manage
You can change your facial expression and quit smoking. These things seem to be easier. Then some special treatment such as light therapy or chemical peels can be useful. However, these treatments must be done by a professional. You can discuss with your doctor or plastic surgeon if you can use these methods.
Age spots appear when you are old
You can see some flat, brown or dark spots on your skin or on other senior’s skin. These spots are called age spots. They usually appear on the faces, hands, neck, or arms. Age spots do not affect your health, but they can affect your appearance.
Manage age spots
The most popular treatment for age spots at home is over-the-counter containing hydroquinone. The age spots can fade after you apply them on your skin. Protecting your skin from sunlight can also help slow down the development of age spots.
Skin cancer is a problem with the skin that can spread throughout the body. The most common cause of skin cancer is the sun. UV radiations in the sun can damage your skin. Thus, you should check your skin regularly so you can know if you have skin cancer.
Keep your skin healthy is the most important thing in skin care and aging.
Keep your skin clean
Clean your skin with mild soap and lukewarm water. Strong soap and steamy hot water can remove the essential oil on your skin, make it become drier.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your hydration. Water can help your skin stay young and smooth. You can use proper moisturizers to help moisturize your skin.
Avoid sun exposure
Sun can damage your skin. Thus, you should use sunscreen, limit time in the sun, and wear protective clothes such as long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, and gloves. These can help minimize the impacts of the sun (UV radiations) on your skin.
Changes in the skin is a natural part of aging process. These changes can be minor like some small changes in the appearance or severe like skin cancer. Thus, skin care is always important. Take care of your skin so you can slow down the process and prevent age-related skin disease.
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Review Date: March 22, 2017 | Last Modified: March 22, 2017