Skin Care for the Elderly: How to Stop Excessive Aging

by Ingela

Skin Care for the Elderly

I find it ironic that people who need natural skin care the most are usually the ones not getting enough of it.  I’m talking, of course, about skin care for the elderly.

When you’re young you can’t do enough to pamper your skin, you might spend hours on end exfoliating and wearing face masks.

But as you grow older, you stop giving your skin the care and attention it deserves.  This is a bad idea and I’ll show you why.

Common Skin Problems of the Elderly

As you approach your golden years, your skin becomes thinner and gradually loses its ability to retain moisture.

This leads to dry, flaky skin that is prone to dermatologic problems such as itching, infections, allergic reactions and eczema.

To make matters worse, wrinkles become more pronounced and the skin begins to sag.

Yes, growing old is not always fun, but there are some things you can do to keep your skin nice, clean, and healthy.

Factors that Influence Skin Problems in Elderly People

Before we talk about effective anti aging tips for the elderly, it’s a good idea to see what factors can affect the skin condition of senior people.  Certain factors can affect skin conditions in the elderly, including soap, water, heat, cold, wind, dry air, and friction.

Yes, it may sound like nature is working against you, but there are things you can do to help your body and skin.

When you’re getting older, there’s not much you can do about the diminishing collagen and elastine production in your skin, or at least that’s what most people believe.

The truth is that you can increase collagen both through eating healthy foods and with good skin care creams. There are great natural skin care products on the market today that contain Xtend TK, which has been proven to increase collagen and elastin in your body, by helping your body to produce it internally.

Many skin care products try to put collagen and elastin in the ingredients, but this doesn’t work, because the protein molecules cannot be absorbed by your skin.

It’s hard to find skin care products with natural ingredients that contain Xtend TK. My personal favorite is the skin care line from Xtend-Life, so you may want to check them out.

Natural Skin Care Tips for the Elderly

With all that said, there are other skin care tips for the elderly that you can use right away. Below are just a few of the really great ones:

  • Use a mild herbal soap with neutral pH.  Regular soaps will strip natural oils from your skin
  • Use warm water instead of hot water when bathing.  Add bath oils to avoid dry skin.
  • After your bath, pat dry eyour body and apply a moisturizer with natural skin care ingredients.
  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom.
  • If you smoke, it’s time to quit.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol in excess.
  • Don’t wear clothes with fabrics that can irritate your skin.
  • Drink plenty of water and consume enough fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Regular exercise such as brisk walking or swimming is also recommended.
  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of good fats.

3 Natural Skin Care Treatments for Mature and Elderly Skin

Dry skin and wrinkles are two of the most common conditions in mature skin.  You may not know it, but your kitchen has almost everything you need to care for your elderly skin.

1. Skin Care for Elderly Dry Skin. Mash together a banana and avocado.  Add a small amount of cream, and apply the mixture to your skin.  Let it stay for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse and pat your skin dry with a towel.

2. Skin Care for Wrinkles. Mix fresh orange juice with honey and chamomile.  Apply on the wrinkles and let it stay until absorbed.  Rinse off with water.

3. Treatment for Elderly Dry Skin. Blend a carrot with unflavored yogurt.  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Apply to the skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse off with water.

Final Words of Advice

As you get older, you can’t expect to have beautiful and smooth skin as you used to.  That’s because wrinkles and dry skin are part of growing old.

Instead, skin care for the elderly should focus on keeping your skin clean, healthy, and well taken care of.  That, in my opinion, is the best skin care advice you can get when you’re getting older.

And if you want to boost your skin health, it doesn’t hurt to use natural skin care products that are both safe, and have been proven effective.

Photo by Maurice

{ 1 comment }

Tianna Fraser January 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I love your post! very unique and informative… I have learned a lot. Thanks 🙂

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