It probably comes as no surprise to hear that skin changes as a person ages. Skin grows thinner and begins to wrinkle. It’s also drier than it was in a person’s younger years, making it itchy and prone to irritation. And then there are those age spots. Oh, and don’t forget the risk of skin cancer. With so many potential issues for aging skin, you might be wondering how you can help your senior parent’s skin to look and feel better. Since September is National Skin Care Awareness Month, we’ve gathered some suggestions to help.
Help for Dry Skin.
Dry skin is pretty common in seniors and it can be annoying! There are lots of things that can lead to dry skin, such as:
- Being stressed.
- Not getting enough fluids.
- Spending too much time in the sun.
Obviously, avoiding the skin drying things listed above will help with dryness. In addition, if your parent’s house tends to be dry, it may be a good idea to use a humidifier to add some moisture to the air. Your parent should also use moisturizers every day. Also, taking hot baths or showers can cause skin to become dry. Instead, your parent should take warm or cool baths or showers and avoid using harsh soaps. Bathing less often may also help.
A home care provider can help your parent with their dry skin by assisting them with applying moisturizer and refilling the water reservoir on the humidifier. Home care providers can also encourage your parent to drink more water throughout the day.
Preventing Skin Cancer.
Skin cancer is primarily caused by exposure to the sun’s rays. In addition to checking your parent’s skin for abnormal growths and spots on a monthly basis, help your parent to practice sun safety by:
- Ensuring they use sunscreen.
- Limiting the amount of time they spend in the sun.
- Wear clothing that protects the skin from the sun.
If your parent has trouble applying sunscreen, a home care provider can help them. A home care provider can also help your parent to choose appropriate clothing for spending time outdoors.
Dealing with Skin Tags and Age Spots.
Age spots and skin tags are generally harmless, but your parent may not like the way they look. There isn’t much that can be done for existing spots and tags, except to have a doctor remove them if they bother your parent. However, you can help your parent to prevent additional age spots by reminding them to use sunscreen.
Changing skin is probably the most visible sign of aging in most seniors, but it doesn’t have to be a nuisance. With proper skin care, seniors can live comfortably in their skin and view the changes as a badge of honor that signifies their life experience.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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