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Your Skin Changes With Age

Posted October 10, 2012 in Advice Column

As you age, your skin goes through many changes. It becomes thinner, produces less natural oil, loses fat and no longer looks as smooth and supple as it did in the past.

Your veins and bones are more visible, cuts and bumps take longer to heal. You may also see an increase in wrinkles and dryness. Don’t worry — there are things you can do to make your skin look and feel better.

Dry, itchy skin is a common problem for older people. There some things you can easily change to aid your dryness: drink more fluids, spend less time in the sun, use a humidifier in your home, stop smoking and try to take some time to de-stress.  Using too much soap or antiperspirant and bathing in very hot water can also worsen dry skin. Try a mild soap and use warm water rather than hot water for bathing. Do not add bath oils to the water — this will make the tub quite slippery and dangerous. A better option is to use over-the-counter moisturizers, which will soothe dry, itchy skin when used daily.

Wrinkles, though inevitable, are loathed by many and seen as a sign of a long, eventful life by few. (Personally, I agree with the latter — choosing to see them not as “crow’s feet” but instead as “smile lines.”) If you are like most people and would like some suggestions on decreasing wrinkles, there are some surprising things you may want to do to help.

Though changing habits can be hard, putting a cease to any smoking will greatly help.

Wearing sunglasses while you’re outside or driving and wearing reading glasses rather than squinting to see the page will help with wrinkles around the eye.

Wearing broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen and properly moisturizing will also help to hinder the appearance of wrinkles.

Sleeping on your back will help prevent wrinkles on your cheeks and chin, which can be caused by your face repeatedly being squished by your pillow.

Eat cold-water fish, such as salmon, for a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful.

Information gathered from Elderbridge Agency on Aging and Written by Kelsey Klaver, Marketing Director at Crestview Nursing & Rehabilitation, 2401 Des Moines St., Webster City, (515) 832-2727.

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