Good skincare tips are essential for everyone, but the elderly are particularly susceptible to problem skin conditions that cause irritation and are difficult to treat.
Carers should be vigilant about checking the skin for any unusual redness, pressure sores, swelling, rash, dryness or bruising, and should get medical attention as soon as possible to avoid any skin conditioning worsening without treatment.
Like all medical conditions, where possible, prevention is better than cure and this certainly applies to skin care. Here are five ways you can help an elderly person to look after their skin:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
No matter what your age, staying hydrated is one of the best ways to look after the skin from the inside. Water helps to flush out toxins that can cause skin problems.
As a person ages, their skin becomes dry and flaky, this can cause itching and irritations that could break the skin and lead to an infection. A humidifier is a good way to create moisture in the air, which helps to keep skin supple and hydrated.
3. No Smoking
Smoking absorbs moisture from the body and makes skin dry and wrinkled. Apart from the many other health problems it causes, heavy smokers have lowered immune systems and therefore skin conditions will take much longer to heal.
4. Keep nails filed
As we age our skin gets much thinner and breaks easily. Long or rough edged nails can cause a lot of damage as they constantly snag the skin. This can cause bad cuts and scratches which are not only painful, but can get infected.
5. Use baby soap
Many soaps have harsh ingredients like scents, which can dry skin out very quickly. The ingredients in soaps made specifically for babies is often much less harsh, and are just as effective for cleanliness purposes.
These tips won’t necessarily help with a more youthful look, but they will certainly help prevent dangerous rashes and possible infections.