Your elderly family member’s skin can undergo quite a variety of changes as she grows older. She may be experiencing changes that she’s never dealt with before, such as extremely dry skin or skin that feels more fragile than it has been before.
It Might Be Drier and Less Elastic
Skin naturally creates less oil as it ages, which can mean that your senior’s skin feels drier than it has in the past. Of course, humidity levels and her diet can also affect how dry her skin is. What this can mean is that your elderly family member needs to add more moisture to her skin on a daily basis. Light lotions can help to moisturize without making her skin feel clammy or greasy.
It Appears Thinner
As your senior ages, the layer of fat just underneath her skin tends to disappear. When that happens, her skin appears to be thinner than it was. In reality, it’s just less protected by that layer of fat. Your elderly family member might notice that she seems to bruise more easily as this happens or she might find that activities such as sitting cause soreness when they didn’t before. Wearing thicker clothing and long sleeves can help with some of these situations.
Hair Growth, Skin Tags, and Other Changes
Wrinkles are a fairly common skin occurrence that accompanies age, of course, but your senior might also start to notice skin tags, hair growing where it didn’t used to grow and age spots. All of these changes are perfectly normal, but they can be disconcerting for your senior. Talk with her doctor to determine what you need to know about all of these changes and what else you should look for in terms of skin care.
Revamp Her Skin Care Routine
How your elderly family member cares for her skin is vital now. Hot water is drying, so if your senior is experiencing drier than normal skin, she needs to take warm baths and showers rather than hot ones. Using lotion immediately after bathing can also help to lock in moisture, which helps to keep skin much more supple. Avoiding smoking and using sunscreen also protect your elderly family member’s skin. Let other family members and elder care providers know what they can do to help your senior keep her skin as healthy as possible.
As you and your aging family member learn more about what her skin needs, you’ll find it easier to keep up with her new routine. If you notice any sudden changes, make sure that you mention them to her doctor as that can be an indication that something else is going on.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Whiting, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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