Seniors your skin changes with age. Just as when you hit puberty and started to have acne, as you become a senior citizen you skins elasticity changes. Your skin becomes thinner loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. In addition, when you bump into things your skin becomes cut and bruised more easily. Furthermore, those bruises and cuts take longer to heal. Through years of sun tanning or being out in the sun to long you may have wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and in some cases even skin cancer.
Seniors do not fret there are things that can be done to protect your skin and even make it look and feel better. Many older individuals suffer from dry flakey skin. The places were older individuals have dry skin is often on the legs elbows, and arms. Dry skin can be caused by many things including health problems. There are things that you can do to help prevent dry skin. Drink plenty of fluids. It is recommended that an individual drink 32 ounces of water a day. You can help with preventing dry skin by staying out of the sun and decreasing stress. In addition, an older individual can cause dry skin by using too much soap, antiperspirant or perfume. Also taking hot baths can make dry skin worse.
As you age and become older your skin is becoming thinner, and if you scratch this thinner skin it can bleed. Some medications can cause itching, so if you skin is dry and itchy see your doctor, and don’t scratch, open skin takes longer to heal. The treatment of dry skin can be accomplished with lotions, creams, ointments, and should be used every day to help decrease dry skin. In addition, try using a mild soap and take fewer hot baths/showers. Warm water is less drying than hot water. Do not add bath oil to your water. This will cause the tub to be too slippery and you risk falling. The one thing you can do to help with dry skin is stay out of the sun and use sunscreen and protective clothing.
Some helpful resources on skin care for older Americans are the American Academy of Dermatology at http://www.aad.org, the National Institute on Aging Information center at http://www.nia.nih.gov, the Nation Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease Information Clearinghouse at http://www.niams.nih.gov.