The Best Skin Care Tips for Seniors

Indeed, getting old is inevitable but taking care of our skin while getting older is an option in our hands. As we grow older, we will find that our skin is not as firm as it used to be. The skin looks thinner, and the arteries are visible beneath it. These seniors’ skin changes are a natural result of ageing and physiological changes in the body. Sometimes a person’s age is different from the age of his skin. Genetics, poor skin care and exposure to harmful factors are some of the skin ageing causes.

Skincare is one of the main challenges for every older adult. Between the ages of 60 and 70, many changes occur in skin that can be unavoidable, but that does not mean that these problems are unsolvable. The condition and appearance of the skin will improve with proper skincare. If you feel dryness and irritation on your skin, good skin care and protection can help you feel more satisfied.

General Symptoms of Skin Aging

The ageing process occurs differently in everyone, but the general symptoms of the effects of ageing on the skin include the following:

Close up potrait of a senior man analyzing his skin condition with his hand in a mirror.
  • Dryness
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Itching
  • Formation of spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin infections
  • Bruising
  • Less sweating
  • Slower healing of the wounds

Although Most of these symptoms occur naturally during the ageing process, they are at the onset of the old age period. Unfortunately, these signs are not desirable for most of us, and in some cases, they can make us depressed. However, skin ageing is one of the ageing complications, and we cannot avoid it altogether. But with proper care and avoidance of skin ageing factors, the severity of skin problems in old age can be reduced or delayed. Some of these factors are as follows:

  • UV of the sun
  • Excessive or improper washing of the skin
  • Excessive use of cosmetics
  • Living in dirty areas
  • Sudden weight loss

Tips for Your Skin Care Routine

Dermatologists have various recommendations to protect the skin of older adults. The rest of the article is about skin care tips for seniors and ways people over 65 years old can take care of their skin.

Changing the Bathing Method for Better Skin Protection

A senior woman is relaxing in a bath tub .

Bathing is necessary to relieve dry skin. Then some simple changes when bathing older adults can alleviate dryness and itching of the skin and prevent this dryness from becoming a severe problem:

  • Stop using regular soaps. Various alternative soaps make the skin softer with their emollient additives.
  •  Do not use boiling hot water for bathing. Hot water removes the skin’s natural oils, which can increase the dryness of the skin.
  • Use a soft cloth to wash your skin. Harsher bath clothes can irritate your skin.
  • It is necessary to keep your bath time short. It is better for the skin. You may find that you do not need to take a bath every day. Ten minutes of bath or shower is enough for seniors.
  • Gently dry the skin after bathing, but keep some moisture on your skin. So, having some wetness on the skin when using a Moisturizer for elderly skin helps hydrate your skin.
  • Use unscented moisturizers to reduce the dryness of your skin throughout the day. That can restore the moisture of the skin.

Changing the Humidity of Home

It is necessary to use air humidifiers and fumigation when the air in the house is dry. Heating and air conditioning can remove moisture from the air. Dry air can cause dryness and itching in your sensitive skin. Maintaining the house’s internal humidity between 45 to 60% can help older adults take care of their skin and reduce dryness. You can easily measure the air’s humidity with a hydrometer, which you can purchase at home appliance stores.

Wearing Gloves as a Protection

On the other hand, the elderly are interested in various outdoor activities, such as gardening. These activities can expose the skin of seniors to multiple chemicals and sunlight directly. So it is necessary to use proper gloves when doing housework and gardening. Wearing gloves also reduces the risk of damage to the skin while working.

Using Sunscreen Cream

Senior man apply sunscreen on his shoulder to take care of his skin

Our bodies can absorb vitamin D from the sun. However, excessive exposure to sunlight is dangerous for our health. It is necessary to use sunscreen creams as the best method. By not using sunscreen, wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes caused by skin discoloration may become more severe.

At this stage of seniors’ life, sun protection still has many benefits. Using sunscreen helps prevent new and more severe skin blemishes and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

Use sunscreen with higher SPF. It is required to apply the cream on all parts of the body that directly contact sunlight. Try to look for shady areas whenever you are outdoors because sunscreen cannot ensure 100% protection against the sun’s harmful rays.

Use Unscented Products

Use products that do not have a strong odour. Fragrances, colognes, and skincare products that contain fragrances can irritate your skin. By stopping using these items, you can reduce the risk of dry and itchy skin.

Periodic Skin Cancer Examinations

See a dermatologist for periodic skin cancer examinations. Around the age of 50, the risk of skin cancer and pre-cancerous tumours increases. Once you diagnose and treat skin cancer early, no further treatment is needed, but it becomes more difficult with late diagnosis and the spread of skin cancer.

Reconsidering Your Medication

The elderly usually take several medications to keep some physical factors such as blood sugar and pressure under control. But some of these medications can cause skin irritations as a side effect. If you notice any change after taking a medicine, ask your doctor to prescribe an alternative treatment. Some ointments also cause skin dryness and should be avoided.

Enhance Collagen Production

Collagen is the most common protein in the body. It helps our body organs to come together and is very important for the strength of our skeletal structure. Because the body’s collagen levels are higher, the cells look younger and stronger. By increasing the production of collagen in the body of the elderly, they can have younger skin, which is exactly the answer to the question of how to look younger.

Skincare Tips to Increase Collagen

Happy healthy old woman holding face serum bottle in hand ,she is taking care of her skin

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel can heal wounds. Also, it increases collagen production, which can use either topically or even orally. This stimulant of cell growth can help boost collagen production in your skin. Aloe Vera can be applied directly to the skin in many products on the market that contain it. Taking an oral Aloe vera supplement also improves skin quality.

Foods Rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can accelerate recovery time and relieve joint pain. Without adequate amounts of vitamin C, your body will not benefit from the sources of hyaluronic acid. Studies show that hyaluronic acid can help boost collagen production in the human body. Also, Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body but decreases with age. Eating foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids can increase hyaluronic acid levels and collagen in the body because both are important for the skin. Briefly, oranges, red peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and strawberries are rich in vitamin C. 

More Resources: The Best Vitamins for the Elderly during Winter

Ginseng

The anti-ageing effects of ginseng are well known. Ginseng is absorbed into the skin without the side effects of many chemical drugs and helps the skin retain its original vitality. It boosts collagen growth. Studies have shown that ginseng can protect the skin against the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Antioxidants that enter your bloodstream when you take ginseng supplements or drink ginseng tea can take care of healthy cells and increase skin radiance.

More Resources: Best Foods to Prevent Cancer in Old Age

Seaweed

Seaweed is gaining more and more popularity as a skincare and beauty ingredient. However, most skin damage is because by oxidation or exposure to harmful elements. Seaweed prevents oxidation and loss of skin elasticity and collagen. You can eat seaweed in food or add them to your diet via a supplement.

Stop Smoking

A senior man is taking a woman's cigarette away.

Also, smoking can cause premature ageing of your skin. By quitting smoking, you can enhance the vitality of your skin.

Conclusion

Although being younger is valuable, beauty is not limited to human skin. Most importantly, healthy skin is an indicator of the overall health of the body. It is impossible to eliminate the effects of ageing and the effects of time.

After all, it is better to take care of our healthy skin than to seek treatment in the future and reduce the effects of ageing. Increasing collagen production, quitting smoking, using sunscreen, and applying lifestyle changes affect our appearance and the body’s general health and retain the skin’s vitality during old age.

  • Read More: 15 Best Mascara for Older Women

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Mackenzie
Mackenzie
6 months ago

A couple of years ago, my skin started getting itchy; it was so irritating that I couldn’t do anything during the day. My doctor ran some tests and told me to use baby wash and baby shampoo instead of scented soap. The result of my tests came, everything was normal, and my skin got better in less than a week just by using baby wash.

Rebecca
Rebecca
6 months ago

I’m 55, and I completely regret not seeing a dermatologist regularly when I was younger. Regular examinations really help you take care of your skin. I’ve made my daughter and son see their dermatologist at least once every season. Fortunately, it’s good for them.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

I am a 65 years old man. Before reading this article, I always thought, caring for the skin is just important for women or young girls! but one month ago, I felt born in my skin. so I went to the doctor and he said, you have Exuma. so he prescribed some creams and gels for my skin. now I used to care about my asking health every day. because the skin is one of the most important parts of our body.

Tina
Tina
3 months ago

Personally, what I need is an exact routine that would tell me to use what product at what time of the day. I looked up a few skincare routines and there were a lot of options. Maybe it’s just my problem, but finding the best routine is very confusing.

john
john
Reply to  Tina
8 days ago

Exactly, it’s so important to find the best and suitable routine for your skin because proper skincare can help you feel more comfortable. There are a few easy things that dermatologists recommend, such as not using warm water because it increases your skin dryness, Using a soft cloth to wash your skin, applying a creamy, fragrance-free moisturizer at least twice a day which can help your skin feel fresh.

Charlotte
Charlotte
2 months ago

I suggest using coconut oil if you are dealing with dry and flaky skin. It may also help patients with eczema; it helps nourish and hydrate the skin.
Using natural treatments such as lemon juice works to get rid of age spots and make the skin softer.
In my experience, a humidifier helps control excessive dryness.
Hard water causes many skin troubles because chemicals, minerals, and metals can trigger an allergic reaction. A water softener can prevent that and drastically improve skin conditions.

Sophia
Sophia
2 months ago

I am pretty happy with my skin condition, and here is how:
Stop using bar soaps; I can’t stress this enough and use them with warm (not hot) water. After that, use a soft cloth to wash your skin.
I always keep my shower short and leave a bit of water on your skin.
I also apply a creamy, fragrance-free moisturizer formulated for dry skin 3 minutes after bathing and throughout my day.
The most important tip might be to never sleep with makeup.

Mia
Mia
2 months ago

I suggest a gentle cleanser and definitely moisturizer applied morning and at bedtime. Treat your skin to a nourishing mask a few times per month. I love a clay mask effect myself.
Also, pure jojoba oil is a fantastic moisturizer. Just a few drops applied to a wet face is all you need.
Most importantly, drink plenty of water every day.
Water might be the best skincare ever!

Felix
Felix
1 month ago

Never forget facial! I treat myself to a facial once every six weeks. It reduces stress and promotes relaxation and blood circulation, and also it prevents ageing by boosting cell regeneration.

Carter
Carter
25 days ago

My skin is ruined because of smoking. I smoked for 50 years, and I quit last year. But the negative impacts remained. Smoke less, guys, if you’re not quitting.

Robin
Robin
Reply to  Carter
1 day ago

Hey Carter, I think you should understand that it is never too late for anything that helps you live healthier. If smoking makes you suffer from skin dryness, the best way to cure it is to ensure your body stays properly hydrated. Proper hydration helps keep your skin looking youthful. The only way to actively not let smoke affect your skin is to stop smoking or get out of the area someone is smoking in. Also, you can apply a good moisturizer.

Ethan
Ethan(@alireza)
7 days ago

My mother has itchy skin. Her doctor told her that she’s suffering from eczema and that there isn’t much she can do about it. The only solution she got was to use baby shampoo and baby wash, plus a few lotions and creams. These products help her keep things from getting worse, but the itching pretty much never stops. Has anyone ever gone through the same experience? If so, what was the best method that helped you stop the itch?

Lucy
Lucy
1 day ago

I agree. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any professional facialists as of yet. Is there anyone you can recommend?