In a society fixated on looking young, you can find several beauty products that claim to make you look younger by instantly improving the texture and quality of your skin. However, many seniors opt to age gracefully, staying away from these so-called miracle solutions whose benefits are not proven.
Most seniors complain of dry and itchy skin and decreased elasticity. There is also an overall thinning of the muscle and fat in the face and fine lines may start to appear. Some seniors also experience pigmentation and age spots.
Indeed, it isn’t possible to reverse these signs of ageing completely. However, in most cases, with proper care, it is totally possible to keep your skin shiny and radiant for years – making you feel and look, better.
Here Are Ten Ways to Take Care of Ageing Skin
Change Your Bathing Routine
By making small changes to your daily bath routine, you will find your skin to be much more supple and comfortable. We recommend that you replace your bar soap with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and only use warm (not hot) water for bathing. Also, keep your baths short to minimise irritation to the skin.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on all exposed parts of your body at least thirty minutes before stepping out into the sun. Reapply sunscreen after every four hours of sun exposure. This will not only protect your skin from dark spots and pigmentation but also reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Use a Humidifier
Heating and air conditioning strip the humidity from the air, which can make your skin feel dry and itchy. If you want to keep your room warm during winters without drying the air, use a heater with an in-built humidifier to maintain the humidity of your room.
Say No to Perfumes
Did you know that old age has unique benefits such as reduced body odour? So say goodbye to perfumes and deodorants which are proven to irritate your skin in the long run.
Change Your Face Cream
Moisturising your face is an integral part of your skincare routine. However, as your oil glands become less active with age, it is vital to shift to a richer, oil-based face moisturiser in your 50s as opposed to the light, water-based ones you had been using until now.
Avoid Repetitive Facial Expressions
Your facial muscles contract each time you make a facial expression. So, repetitive expressions, such as squinting your eyes or crinkling your forehead cause the same muscles to contract repeatedly leading to permanent lines over a few years.
Scrubbing your skin daily can lead to irritation and rashes. It is, therefore, better to wash your face with a gentle, fragrance free cleanser to remove the pollution and dirt and exfoliate your skin gently every fortnight to remove the rough patches and dead skin.
Watch What You Eat
As you already know, much of your skin’s appearance is the result of your diet and lifestyle. Therefore, it is best to avoid stuff that dehydrates your body, like alcohol and opt for fresh fruits and vegetables that prevent premature ageing of the skin.
Research suggests that a diet high in sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate ageing. So, avoid sugar and include some protein in your diet in the form of fish, lean meats, and legumes. Foods rich in Vitamin C may also be responsible for youthful skin.
(Note that this is general advice and we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before making any major changes to your diet.)
Well, smoking is injurious, not just to your overall health but also to your skin! Tobacco smoke contains some toxins that lead to dull and dry complexion, premature lines and dry, leathery skin.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Older adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep but often tend to wake up earlier due to pain, irritability, or some other health problem. In case you think you are not getting proper sleep, consult a doctor and try to adopt a healthy sleep pattern. This will not only improve your general health but also take away years from your skin over time. Yes, research says that your skin cells rejuvenate when you sleep. So, getting enough sleep every day could be the key to glowing skin in your golden years!
As you get old, you might feel critical about your changing appearance but remember – change is inevitable and accepting yourself the way you are will give you real happiness and confidence, which will definitely boost your appearance, too!
Live well, live healthy!
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