How our skin changes as we age:
Our skin goes through many changes as we age. It can help to be aware as these changes occur, and be proactive in taking care of our skin as the years go by.
Aging skin becomes drier, and sometimes itchier. Some of the causes of drier skin are dehydration, past years spent in the sun, smoking, stress, and having less sweat and oil glands.
Older skin also bruises more easily. The skin’s ability to repair itself decreases, and wounds are slower to heal. Certain diseases and medications also contribute to bruising.
We are all aware that over time, the skin begins to wrinkle. Environmental factors like ultraviolet light can make the skin lose elasticity. Certain habits, such as smoking, also contribute to faster wrinkling.
Skin cancer also increases with age, due to accumulated exposure to UV light over a lifetime.
Here are some things you can do to keep your skin healthy. Limit your time in the sun. Use sunscreen. Wear protective clothing outdoors. Avoid tanning outdoors or indoors. Also protect your skin by using moisturizers. You can opt to take fewer baths, and make sure the water isn’t too hot. Try putting a humidifier in your home to increase the moisture in the air.
Skin is the biggest organ of the body. It’s important that we consciously take good care of it. At Lincolnshire Healthcare and Rehabilitation, you are in very good hands for all kinds of skin care, including wound care and other diseases and injuries of the skin.