Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

by deborah on November 17, 2015 · 3 comments

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Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

Skin is the barrier between the environment and us and it should be able to function

at maximum efficiency.

This is why, as we grow older, we still need to take care of it as much as we take care

of our general health.

There are many ways to keep our skin healthy and it’s best to start early if we want

less wrinkles, sun spots and dry skin.

Healthy Help for Your Skin

Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

Water, drink plenty of it, no matter what season it is.

During the winter people tend to go for coffee or hot cocoa to keep them warm and

forget about water.

Water promotes skin circulation and hydrates it from the inside which in turn makes

your skin keep that summer glow during the winter months.

Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

Omega-3 rich foods like flax seeds and avocado, are not only healthy for you, they also

lock moisture in your skin.

No matter what season it is or what type of weather we are encountering, everyday the

sun is above us in the sky.

This means that we should use moisturizer with spf in it all year round to keep your skin

soft and young.

Warm, Not Hot

Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

It is well-known that hot water dries the skin, stripping it of its natural oils.

So even though you may be freezing in this winter weather, lukewarm water is better for your

skin in the long run.

With this is mind, choose warm showers instead of long baths (or at least try to, nothing compares

to a relaxing bath from time to time) and use a gentle cleanser that won’t be too harsh on your skin.

Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

Ground coffee is the perfect natural skin exfoliant because of its light grittiness and natural anti-

inflammatory acids that help reduce acne.

But, be careful!

Don’t let too much coffee go down the drain because it might clog it.

While it’s still wet, your skin is now ready to be moisturized, so don’t skip this step and apply the

cream within 3 to 5 minutes of showering.

Many new moisturizers protect your skin against UV radiation, so you can actually get two things

for the price of one.

And even if the sun isn’t shining, UV radiation is still around.

Quit!

Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

It might look good, it might feel good, but it’s definitely not good.

If you’re still smoking when you’re over 65, you must be really passionate about it.

Still, if you think you can find the power within, quit.

Except for the well-known potentially deadly side-effects of smoking, there are other downers that

can ruin your old days.

Cigarette smoking contributes to wrinkle forming, it damages elastin, it increases the risk of getting

psoriasis, damages hair and makes wounds heal slower.

Smokers recovering from surgery also heal at a slower pace, which is quite alarming for the elderly,

and the risk of cataracts in people who smoke on a regular basis is increased.

Because of the carbon monoxide in the cigarette, skin becomes dry and discoloured.

Change Your Plans

Soft Skin, Warm Heart: Healthy Skin Care Tips for Seniors

There are little things you can do to improve the condition of your skin.

For instance, wearing natural, soft fibers.

Cotton and silk are better for your skin because they let it breathe and absorb sweat.

Wool, polyester or other synthetics can be irritating to your skin.

Beware of jewelry too!

Many diamonds and gems are synthetic too, which means they are created through chemical

processes, which may have an effect on your skin.

 

“If you start early and incorporate healthy rituals

in your day to day life, that’s exactly what’s

going to happen–you’ll look better without

feeling like you worked on it.”

 

In the end, skin “maintenance” shouldn’t be a drag.

It should be part of your lifestyle, not an effort.

If you start early and incorporate healthy rituals in your day to day life, that’s exactly what’s

going to happen–you’ll look better without feeling like you worked on it.

And, who knows, maybe that hat can become your trademark.

 

About the Author
Cassie Brewer is a journalist based in Southern California. Her interest in health and beauty when she started working as a makeup artist. Since then, she has dedicated her time to writing about diet and wellness in order to help others not only be beautiful on the outside, but radiant on the inside. @cassiembrewer Blog: http://cassiembrewer.weebly.com/

 

 

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