Did you look in the mirror this morning and notice that the youth is fading away from your face? As we age, our skin starts the change. You'll notice lines and wrinkles, and your skin may feel less elastic, especially around your neck, underarms, and in your joints.
In your 50s, 60s, and 70s, you need to pay special attention to your skincare routine. If you want to keep your complexion looking youthful, we have tips for enhancing your skin's health.
How Does Your Skin Change in Your Senior Years?
As we age, our skin starts to go through changes. The aging process is different for everyone, and some people may have a harder time with how their skin adapts to aging. Some of the common signs of aging on your skin include the following.
- Dry skin that flakes like dandruff
- The skin gets thin and has a paper-like appearance
- You get itchy skin frequently, especially in dry weather
- You start to notice the appearance of blemishes and liver spots
- You skin wrinkles and develops lines
- You experience skin irritation more often
- You are more susceptible to skin infections
- You sweat less
- Wounds and cuts take longer to heal
Take a Bath to Relieve Your Dry Skin
Sometimes, simple solutions work best. If you want to give your bathwater a boost, add a cup of Epsom salts to the bathwater, along with 5-drops of lavender oil, and 5-drops of sandalwood oil.
The Epsom salts are a good source of magnesium, and the lavender and sandalwood provide a moisturizing effect while reducing inflammation of the epidermis.
Here are a few other bathing tips to help your skin feel better.
- Stop using bar soap in the bath or shower
- Don't get your bathwater too hot – hot water strips away the natural oils in the skin
- Use a soft washcloth – brushes and loofahs can damage your skin
- Pat yourself dry instead of toweling down – some water on your skin when you moisturize helps to hyper-hydrate the skin
- Avoid using scented moisturizers
Run a Humidifier
If the air inside your home or office feels dry, consider running a humidifier. Heaters and air conditioning systems remove the moisture from the air, leaving your skin feeling itchy and dry.
Keep the humidity in the room between 45 and 60%, and your skin will feel much better.
Wear Gloves for Housework and Gardening
Doing your chores around the house, and the garden can leave the skin on your hands feeling dry and sore. If you're using cleaning chemicals like bleach, it can remove the beneficial bacteria on your hands, resulting in inflamed skin, blisters, and subcutaneous bleeding under the skin.
Wear rubber kitchen gloves when cleaning and washing up. If you're out in the garden tending to your flowerbeds, make sure you wear gardening gloves to prevent scrapes and cuts on your skin.
Remember Sun Protection
Thinner skin in your senior years means that you burn faster in the sun. Make sure you use a moisturizer with UV protection if you're going out into the sun. If you're going out to the beach or the park, take along a wide-brimmed hat to protect the skin on your face and neck.
Dermatologists recommend the following protocol for protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
- Apply a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunblock with a minimum SPF 30 every day
- Cover up while you're outside in the sun
- Seek the shade wherever you can
Try Vaginal Rejuvenation and Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy (RLT) offers an excellent means of maintaining your skin health as you age. You might be wondering just what does red light therapy do? Red light penetrates deep into the skin, enhancing energy production at a cellular level.
Your skin cells use the energy to repair and rejuvenate the epidermis through elevating collagen production. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and it's the secret to healthy, glowing skin.
Light therapy is becoming a popular form of treatment for the skin. Red light therapy helps your skin look younger, and procedures using a vaginal rejuvenation laser device can enhance collagen production in your labia and vagina, reversing the effects of vaginal atrophy in your senior years.