Seniors and Skin So Soft

August 18, 2014
Wearing a hat and protective clothing can protect skin from sun damage

Wearing a hat and protective clothing can protect skin from sun damage

Proper skin care can be a challenge for Houston residents.  The summer heat, high humidity, and urban pollution are all enemies to good skin care for any age.  However, skin care can for aging parents can be especially challenging in South Texas.

Following a few basic skin care tips can help seniors maintain healthy skin while improving comfort by minimizing potential skin irritations and concerns:

  • Avoid snaggy nails. Well-trimmed nails look lovely; however, there’s also a skin care reason to trim nails: unkempt nails tend to cause unattractive scratches, and scratches take a longer time to heal as a person ages.
  • Stop smoking. Lighting up is a bad habit all around; it doesn’t help that smoking can also contribute to wrinkles and can dry out skin. Keeping skin properly moisturized becomes more challenging as one ages, so eliminating the habit is a plus for skin care.
  • Sleep on the back. If possible, aging parents interested in preserving their healthy skin should sleep on their backs. Why? Because sleeping on the side or the stomach puts pressure on the face and increases the likelihood of facial wrinkles.
  • Drink it in.  Water, water, water – staying hydrated is important for so many reasons, only one of which is that it helps keep skin healthy. Staying properly hydrated can help rid the body of harmful toxins that negatively impact skin. Aging parents and others should consult a doctor to determine how much water they should be drinking daily.
  • Wear a hat.  When going out on a sunny day, dress properly.  Wearing a wide-brimmed hat helps protect the face, neck and eyes. Aging parents shouldn’t stop there, though – wear light, loose clothing that keeps legs and arms covered as well.  Overexposure to the sun wreaks havoc on skin.
  • Stay inside.  Don’t stay indoors all the time, of course – but if it’s an especially hot day, try to stay inside when the sun is at its hottest, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Diet right.  Some foods are better than others for beautiful skin. For example, green vegetables, walnuts, berries, melons, and avocados all have vitamins and nutrients that contribute to better skin health.
  • Don the glasses.  Many people resist wearing glasses, often due to vanity; unfortunately, people who need glasses and don’t wear them often end up squinting – which causes wrinkles around the eyes.

There are many other ways aging parents can preserve their skin, but in general protecting the skin from too much sun and staying properly hydrated and moisturized are big keys to healthier, younger-looking skin.


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