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Healthy Skin Care Tips for Your Senior Loved One

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

As we age, our skin gradually loses its elasticity and becomes more susceptible to the impurities in the environment. If you are a live-in Palm Desert caregiver, the following skin care tips can help you formulate a daily regimen to keep your loved one’s skin healthy and protected.

Mediate Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is one of the primary factors when it comes to environmental skin damage. While some sunlight is both necessary and healthy for your loved one’s skin, prolonged exposure should be avoided and sunblock should be liberally applied when going outdoors, even on cloudy days.

Drink Plenty of Water

Hydration is key to healthy skin, but staying properly hydrated can be difficult for seniors. As the body ages, circulation decreases. Proper water intake is not only important for healthy skin but also keeps the rest of the body clean.

Use Gentle Soaps

Some soaps will cause excessive drying of the skin or might strip away the protective outer layers, particularly for aged and delicate skin. Also, minimize both the frequency and duration of baths and showers. 

Moisturize Skin Regularly

Selecting a good skin cream will go a long way to preserving the softness and radiance of your loved one’s skin as it ages. Choose one that contains vitamins E and A, aloe, cucumber extracts and antioxidants. They are most effective when applied several times throughout the day, usually in the morning and evening.

Keep the Air Humid

For those who are not fortunate enough to live in a naturally moist climate, air humidifiers are an effective way to keep the air pleasantly humid in your loved one’s home. Humidity promotes healthy skin because it prevents cells from drying out.

Eat Properly

Diet will always be at the core of a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding foods that contain high levels of sodium, fats and sugars will help keep your loved one’s skin healthy and blemish free. This is because those foods in particular exacerbate signs of aging and promote overproduction of oils that cause pimples to form.

Skin care is one area of aging that most people neglect to keep up with. Fortunately, Home Care Assistance of Palm Desert can help your loved one maintain healthy skin, body, and mind with our comprehensive in-home care. Our dedicated caregivers promote health and wellbeing by helping seniors maintain healthy diet, exercise, and socialization in the comfort of home. Give your loved one the helping hand he or she needs to fully enjoy the golden years. Call us today at (760) 345-0001 and schedule a free in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager.