January 20th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
As we grow older, our bodies begin to change. Once you enter the golden years of your senior life, the changes can introduce challenges that we must address daily. One of these challenges is keeping our skin moisturized.
What Causes Dry Skin?
As we age our bodies do not produce the same amount of oils to keep our skin supple as when we were younger. It is estimated that over 90% of seniors over the age of 65 contend with dry skin. Sebaceous glands that produce the natural oils in our bodies slow down and this causes our skin to dry. We begin by noticing that we have surface flaking and the skin becomes itchy. The skin can crack and even bleed. This can lead to infection if left untreated. If you live in an assisted living home or have in-home health care assistance, this is a condition that you should watch for to be sure it is being addressed daily if possible.
Ways To Help
As we know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and this applies to a dry skin condition. Here are some tips:
- Prolonged baths in hot water can dehydrate the skin. Try taking baths in more temperate water and limit the bath to around ten minutes. If you suffer from very dry skin, bathe every other day instead of daily.
- Use a moisturizing soap that will help return moisture to the skin. A glycerin-based soap is particularly effective.
- Apply moisturizing lotion to the skin after the bath while the pores are open and the skin is still slightly moist. Moisturizers containing lanolin, shea butter, and other natural oils make the top of the list.
- Diet is another way you can assist the slowing of dry skin. Food and especially drink can play an important role in keeping your skin hydrated. Try to avoid spicy foods, alcoholic drinks, and caffeinated beverages. Drink lots of water, Eight glasses a day is recommended.
- Whether at home or in an assisted living environment, having a humidifier is a good idea. They will keep moisture in the air and help prevent your skin from drying out. Portable models are available so it can be moved from room to room.
When becoming a senior, your health will demand more attention. Assisted living homes and in-home care are here to help provide the attention you need to maintain the best personal quality of life.