May 24, 2018 by Comfort Keepers
What do cleaners, moisturizers, hydration, and sun screen have in common? If you said that they are all important parts of a skin care regimen, then you are correct.
With summer fast approaching, seniors will be spending increasing amounts of time in the great outdoors. While the sun and fresh air are great for a seniors overall mental and physical health, increased sun exposure and activity also has its risks. Comfort Keepers at home caregivers suggest the following 4 ways to help protect the skin while enjoying the summer.
1. Getting outside often means getting dirty. When washing up, it is important to choose a cleanser that does not further dry out the skin. Dry skin is one of the most common complaints among seniors, and many soaps and cleansers only add to the problem. Seniors should choose a mild cleanser, wash gently, and pat dry. Today, there are many products available that are specifically designed for senior skin. If you need help finding one that works for you or your loved one, Comfort Keepers at home caregivers can often point you in the right direction.
2. In addition to cleaning the skin, skin should be kept moist and supple. This is not always easy since the skin produces less oil as we age. A good moisturizer can restore nutrients to the skin and increase hydration. Applied when the skin is already moist (like just after it has been patted dry after washing), a moisturizer can trap water near the skin. Seniors should experiment with several moisturizers until they find one that works for their skin type without leaving an oily or greasy residue. Seniors with pre-existing skin conditions may need to use a medicated moisturizer.
3. Sun screen is important if your loved one is going to be spending even short amounts of time in the sun. A senior's skin is more susceptible to the sun's damaging UV rays which dry out the skin, lead to wrinkles and spots, and cause cancer. Seniors should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
4. The skin is the body's largest organ. Just like other organs, the skin needs water to remain healthy. Seniors should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. They may need to drink more if activity increases, they are sweating, or they are taking medications that increase dehydration.
For more information about protecting your loved one's skin or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers at home caregivers can help your senior loved one maximize the quality of their elder years, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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