As you age, your skin changes. It becomes thinner, and loses some of the underlying fat, losing its previous smooth, plump appearance. Years of sunlight can lead to age spots, dryness or wrinkles. However, there are many ways in which you can protect your skin so that it will look and feel better.
Making Wrinkles Less Apparent
Over time, your skin will begin to wrinkle. Environmental things like UV light from our sun make your skin less elastic. In addition, gravity will eventually cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.
There are various creams and gels you can use to help in hiding wrinkles. There are also laser treatments and other methods by which your dermatologist can help you hide the years from your skin’s appearance.
Getting Rid of Dry, Itchy Skin
If you suffer from especially dry skin, it may be most prevalent on your lower arms, lower legs and elbows. Dry skin has a scaly, rough feel. Some reasons for your dry skin include:
- Time spent in the sun
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Spending time in dry air
- Losing oil and sweat glands
Dry skin may also be caused by issues related to your health, like kidney disease or diabetes. Taking frequent hot baths and using too much perfume, soap or antiperspirant can make your skin drier. According to the U.S. National Institute on Aging, since your skin is thinner now, scratching it when it itches may cause it to bleed or to become infected.
Moisturisers like ointments, creams and lotions are helpful in soothing itchy, dry skin. Use a moisturiser every day. Using milder soaps and taking fewer hot baths will help your dry skin. Adding a humidifier to your room may be helpful.
Skin Tags and Age Spots
Skin tags are normally small, and generally flesh-colored. They have raised surfaces and are especially common for aging women. They are found most often on body folds like the groin, chest and armpit. They are harmless, but they may become irritated. If you are bothered by them, your doctor can remove them for you.
Age spots are brown, flat spots caused by time spent in the sun. They are larger than most freckles and they may likely appear on your face, back, arms, hands and feet. Age spots are also harmless, but if you are bothered by their appearance, they can be removed by your dermatologist.
Keeping Your Skin Moisturised and Healthy
Some sun is actually good for your body, but not in excess. Therefore, limit the time you spend in the sun, especially in the middle of the day, when its rays are stronger. Cloudy skies are not any safer, either, since the sun’s rays travel through clouds.
Always use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. The greater a product’s SPF value, the greater its ability to protect you from the sun. Apply sunscreen about 15-20 minutes before you head outside and re-apply it every two hours when you are outside. If you are exerting yourself and sweating, or swimming, apply your sunscreen more often.
Be sure to wear protective clothing when you go outside. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your head, eyes, ears, face and neck. Choose sunglasses that will block 99-100% of the sun’s harmful rays. If you must be outside for a long period of time, wear lightweight, loose, long-sleeved shirts and long skirts or long pants.
Your skin does change as time passes. This is inevitable. However, there are always things that can be done to help your skin to look younger. Using a moisturiser often and staying out of the sun are both excellent ways to promote healthier skin.
If you require personalised skincare based for your specific skin type contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a Dermatologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns. Contact us today!