Keeping Your Skin Healthy During Your Golden Years
By Jess Walter
Choosing to stay in your home during your golden years is often the best option for retired adults. Not only do you get to enjoy the comfort of your own home, but you remain close to the people and places that mean the most to you. Unfortunately, the downside of staying at home as you age is that you don't get the benefit of medical professionals looking after you. You have to take care of yourself.
One area many retired adults overlook is their skin, which is a mistake. Your skin is your largest organ and failing to take good care of it could mean serious discomfort or medical issues in the future. Prioritize your skin health now, and you will enjoy greater health and comfort as you move through your golden years.
Dry Skin Is a Common Concern During the Golden Years
Dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable. It can also deteriorate the strength of your skin over time, especially if you can't resist itching. Thankfully, this is a concern that is relatively easy to address.
Make sure you are getting adequate fluids and staying properly hydrated. Use a fragrance-free lotion on your skin at least once a day, as well as after every shower or bath, which should be warm, not hot. Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the most important ways to keep it healthy. However, you should expect that your skin will continue to wrinkle and sag as you age. In your 70s and 80s, it may no longer be worth your money to continue investing in anti-wrinkle creams. Instead, embrace the lines that show that you have lived a full and meaningful life.
Focus on health instead of unrealistic beauty standards that emphasize looking youthful forever. That means you should always cover up or use a sunscreen with high SPF every time you're outside or in the sun, even if you're in a vehicle. You don't want to add to any damage from sun exposure in your earlier years.
Keep an Eye on Moles and Spots For Your Health
Understanding that wrinkles and even age spots are part of the process of growing older doesn't mean you should just ignore them. This warning is particularly true for age spots and moles. New spots that appear can sometimes be indicators of skin cancer.
That is why it is very important to track what marks you currently have on your body. When new ones appear, especially if they are irregular in shape or abnormal looking, you should have your doctor check them out immediately. The sooner you remove unhealthy growths, the lower your risk of skin cancer developing or metastasizing to other parts of your body.
Taking good care of your skin is a critical part of adult health. Make sure that your daily self-care routine includes proper moisturization and adequate fluid intake. You should also take some time at least once a month to look at your entire body, front and back, for new spots and moles. Doing that will optimize your skin health and reduce your risk of skin related diseases as you age.
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