Everyone ages at a different rate, but as we age we can all expect our skin to change. Aging skin tends to become thinner and drier. Fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots begin to appear. As the skin loses elasticity, it becomes more fragile. Even the tiniest bump or scratch can tear, bruise, or cut the skin easily. These transformations are normal and may require a few changes in your skin care routine to help minimize the effects.
Keep it simple.
Because everyone has a different skin type, what works for one person may not work well for another. Remember that aging skin can also become easily irritated. Using skin care products that are free of common chemical irritants lessens the chance of skin reactions. Keep your skin from becoming overwhelmed with a simple daily routine. Experiment until you find what works best for you. The right skin care can help improve how your skin feels and looks.
Back to the basics.
We all need to cleanse our face, hands, and body on a regular basis. Cleansers help remove dirt, oil and bacteria that you come in contact with during the day and while you sleep. Harsh soaps can lead to dry, cracked, and irritated skin. Formulas that do not contain harsh cleansing agents and are fragrance-free tend to be less irritating. Choose a mild facial cleanser and a body cleanser that is gentle to sensitive skin. Hands are exposed to more irritants than any other part of the body and while frequent hand washing is often necessary, it can also cause dry skin. Look for cleansers that are free of common irritants as they are less problematic for delicate, sensitive hands.
One of the most important things you can do to keep skin soft and healthy is to keep it hydrated. Oil-producing glands become less active as you age and your skin needs moisture to replenish the water it loses throughout the day. Use a mild, fragrance-free moisturizer after bathing, throughout the day, and before bed to help keep skin from becoming dry and itchy. Itchy skin promotes scratching and scratching damages the skin. Be sure to find a moisturizer that fits your skin type.
Aging skin still needs protection from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more to help reduce the risk of skin cancer and prevent new age spots and uneven skin tone. Sunscreen should be worn daily on all exposed skin, including your lips.
See a dermatologist.
Check your skin on a regular basis. If you notice anything abnormal or have concerns about changes in your skin, talk to your doctor or dermatologist.