Be Comfortable in Your Skin!
Skin goes through many changes as you age. It’s not just the years of sun exposure and bad habits that are catching up with you; skin loses its fat, becomes thinner and less smooth with time, and certain conditions may begin to crop up. Fortunately, with proper care and a few precautions, you can keep your skin healthy, feeling good and looking fresh at any age.
To care for aging skin, adopt an easy, healthy skin care routine. Consider bathing every other day rather than daily, to prevent chapping, dryness and itching. Use a cleansing soap with moisturizers and look for a good moisturizing cream that contains natural ingredients.
Our suggestions: Cetaphil PRO RestoraDerm Gentle Body Moisturizer, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, and CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Diet helps the body to repair skin, so eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Increase your water consumption to keep skin hydrated from the inside out, and use a humidifier to get more moisture in the air. Wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen daily to prevent sun damage and if you smoke, stop, as smoking will prematurely age your skin.
Rashes, swelling, or skin that is very warm to the touch may indicate an infection. Some skin conditions can be caused by an underlying health problem like the shingles virus, or even skin cancer. Check your skin occasionally for spots that could be skin cancer by looking for the ABCDE signs of melanoma*. Not all skin cancers look the same, but if you have any of these signs, you should see a doctor or dermatologist to make sure it is not serious.
A = Asymmetry. One half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half.
B = Borders. Edges that are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
C = Color. Pigmentation is uneven, has changed, or there is more than one color.
D = Diameter. Is it greater than 1/4 inch (6 mm) or larger than the size of a pea?
E = Evolution. There has been a change in the size, shape, symptoms, surface, or color the past few weeks or months.
Maintaining healthy, comfortable skin as you age isn’t difficult. Being proactive in your skin care routine and paying attention to your body’s changes will help your skin to look and feel better.
*According to the American Academy of Dermatology