Senior citizens need to take extra steps to promote good skin health during old age because aging skin can become thin and dry more easily. Skin that becomes too dry is prone to cracking and dermatitis, which can increase the risk of infection.
Here are a few skincare tips to help seniors promote skin health and hygiene at home:
- Moisturize Regularly
Senior skin can heal more slowly and be prone to infection when it becomes dry. Moisturizing regularly can prevent itching and keep the skin hydrated. Senior citizens can use moisturizing soaps or lotions for their skin.
- Avoid Taking Too Many Baths or Showering for Too Long
For seniors, excessive bathing or when the temperature is too hot or cold can strip the skin of their natural oils, increasing the risk of dry skin. They should use warm water when showering, bathing, or washing their hands to prevent skin breakdown, infections, and damage. Greater Works Companion Care, LLC offers Personal Care to help seniors address all their hygiene needs at home.
- Wear Sunscreen When Going Outside
Because aging skin can get dry more easily, the risk of sun damage is higher. Senior citizens can protect their skin by wearing sunscreen when they go outside. Some sunscreens also have moisturizers in them for better overall skin health.
- Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can also dehydrate the skin, increasing the risk of skin damage and other issues. Seniors can remain hydrated throughout the day by having a bottle of water with them at all times. We provide Companion Care in Delaware to assist seniors with their activities at home, including drinking water and meal preparation.