6 ways to protect Aging early
A person’s skin can undergo many changes as they age. Skin can become dry, itchy, thin and more easily irritated. One in five people will also get some form of skin cancer by the time they are 70 years old.
With so many changes facing your skin, it is important to take steps to protect it. From sunscreen to moisturizer and layers, here are six ways to protect your skin as you age.
Whether or not you’ve protected your skin from the sun in the past, you can start now. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when you go out in the sun to protect your skin from damage and cancer. Sunscreen can help prevent age spots and reduce your chance of getting skin cancer. Protecting your skin can also help relieve dry or thin skin.
Skin can become dry and itchy as a person ages. The best way to combat this is by using moisturisers. A variety of moisturisers can be found over the counter that will do the job. If your skin is very dry, consider avoiding lotions with fragrances, which can further irritate your skin.
“Dry skin is a common condition for many older people,” says Rocky Tanner, administrator for Horizon Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, who has seen firsthand how hard aging is on the skin. “Use moisturisers frequently to combat dry skin and avoid using fragrances and contact with harsh chemicals.”
Protect your skin by wearing long sleeves and gloves when you go outdoors or do yard work. The extra clothes will help protect your skin from the sun as well as injury. Some people may experience thinning skin as they age, which can get scratched and injured easily. Cover up arms, legs, and hands with light clothing or bandages to help prevent injuries.
Frequent bathing can dry out your skin. If you have dry, itchy skin, change up your bath routine to make it easier on your skin. Use warm water rather than hot and don’t stay in the water too long. Try to keep baths under 10 minutes and use gentle, fragrance-free soap. Wash with a soft cloth and pat dry afterward.
Watch for Skin Cancer
Keep an eye out for new spots or growths on your skin and talk to your doctor about anything that concerns you. Check your skin for the ABCDEs: asymmetry, irregular borders, colour changes, diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and evolving. These are signs that a spot may be cancerous, so be sure to get them checked out by a doctor.
Dry air can lead to dry skin, as many people find out during the winter. Use a humidifier to help moisturise the air and keep your skin from getting too dry. Using a heater during the winter can dry out the air, so winter is a prime time for pulling out the humidifier.
It is hard to avoid every change that your skin faces. Most people will get a few spots and wrinkles as they age. However, giving your skin a little extra love and care can help keep it comfortable and protect it from injury.