Aging is an inevitable part of life. There are many wonderful things associated with getting older, but increased issues with skin aren’t one of them. As we age, our skin begins to change. Skin tends to become drier, itchier, thinner and blotchier. It also begins to bruise and irritate easier, and of course, we can’t forget about the increased age spots and wrinkles. Luckily there are tons of simple changes you can make to your life and skincare routine to keep your skin glowing and youthful as you age.
Take Shorter and Cooler Showers
Hygiene is important, just make sure that getting clean isn’t making your skin worse. Avoid super hot showers, opting for warm ones instead. Also, try to keep showering time to around 10 minutes to avoid drying out your skin.
Keeping your skin hydrated is important no matter what your age is, but this becomes an even bigger issue the older you get. Be sure to moisturize often. You may want to splurge on more luxury moisturizers or facials that will do a better job of keeping your skin hydrated.
Pay Attention to Exfoliation
Exfoliation helps remove the outer layer of dirt and dead skin from your skin for a brighter appearance. It’s important to not overdo it though. Be sure to pay attention to how your skin reacts to exfoliation and adjust based on that.
Invest in Sun Protection
Sun exposure is the number one cause of aging skin. If you notice more wrinkles, age spots, and discoloration on your skin it may be time to reevaluate your sun protection routine. Be sure to wear sunscreen all year round and get yourself checked out regularly for skin cancer!
Watch Your Diet
Did you know that skin has nutritional needs? As our bodies age, our dietary needs change. Make sure that you include foods that help your skin such as spinach, celery, and carrots. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as well!
Look for Natural Products
Fragrant products or ones with lots of chemicals may begin to irritate your skin more the older you get. You may want to look at more natural products, or skipping some entirely. Perfume, scented lotions, and other products may cause dry or itchy skin so try to reduce how often you wear them.
Take a Gentle Approach
Skin becomes thinner and less durable the more we age. That means you’ll have to become gentler with it as time goes on. Avoid rough rubbing and scrubbing as this could make issues worse.
Consult with Professionals
Did you know that once you turn 50 your risk of developing skin cancer and other precancerous growths increase? Make sure you’re regularly checking in with your doctor to monitor this. As your skin ages, you might also begin to struggle more with it. Be sure to book an appointment with a skincare specialist to get tips and insights on how to help with any redness, wrinkles, irritation, or dryness.