Aging impacts the skin’s elasticity and volume. Intrinsic aging can’t be stopped. It occurs when collagen production slows, and skin cells take longer to naturally exfoliate. Aging decreases the production of melanin that leads to uneven pigmentation and age spots. Oil glands and hair follicles also decrease and impact the skin’s natural barrier against environmental damage.
As your mom starts developing fine lines and wrinkles, she probably starts looking at products that will give her a healthier, youthful look. Age spots, sagging skin, and dry, flaking skin are also common in seniors. Before she spends hundreds on skincare products for aging skin, she might want to look at other ways to keep her skin looking younger.
Always Wear Sunscreen.
On the coldest, sunniest day, your mom may not be thinking of sunscreen, but she should. Anytime she’s outside, even on cloudy days, she should apply a sunscreen of 30 SPF or more that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Certain medications can make it easier to burn in the sun. If your mom takes antibiotics, diuretics, retinoids for psoriasis, or NSAIDs, she needs to avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
Drink Plenty of Water.
Proper hydration helps the skin stay healthy. Weight and diet have a lot to do with how much she should drink each day. She’ll get some of her fluids from the foods she eats. Beyond foods, it’s recommended that women drink at least two quarts of water each day.
Get Enough Sleep.
Sleep patterns often change as you age. Your mom may find herself waking up earlier and wanting to go to bed early. Everyone has different needs, but it’s recommended that seniors get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Sleep is when the body releases hormones that can help the body heal from daily stress and activity.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants that can help with cellular health. Make sure your mom eats antioxidant-rich produce like berries, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
Avoid Unnecessary Stress.
Think about areas where your mom needs help around the home. If she has a problem completing basic daily activities of living, stress can impact cell health. Caregivers help her avoid this unnecessary stress.
With the help of caregivers, your mom can keep her house clean and organized. She can cook healthy meals. She’ll have someone to join her on shopping trips or walks outside. She has someone to help her with laundry, and so much more.