Winter Skin Care Tips for Seniors

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As you age, your skin changes as well as your skin’s moisturizing needs. Things that use to work on your skin might not do the trick anymore. Do you find your skin feeling dryer than normal? Are you flaky or uncomfortable in your own skin?

Here are a few simple and effective skin care tips to try this winter. You can also consult with your community beautician. He or she might be able to offer advice about specific products to try. Have a great winter and we hope these tips help you to better enjoy being in your skin.

Tips to help your skin look great

  • Drink plenty of water – It is always important to drink adequate amounts of water in general, but if you are experiencing dry and irritated skin increase your water intake by a few glasses per day. Do you know how much water you are consuming in a day? According to the Mayo Clinic, “you don’t need to completely rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are 90 percent or more water by weight.” That brings us to our next tip.
  • Eat foods that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods can add moisture and many other benefits to your skin and body. You are what you eat, right? Why not be a delicious and juicy orange?
  • Avoid overly hot water – Hot water can cause dry skin. Consider taking colder baths or showers in the dryer months. Test the temperature of the water you use when you wash your face to make sure it is not too hot either.
  • Try a new moisturizer – If the moisturizer you are currently using does not cut it, try and try again until you find the one that is right for you. As we mentioned before, your skin’s needs change frequently. What you used five years ago might not work this year. Don’t be discouraged. Talk to a skin care specialist to see what might be the best fit for your skin.
  • Don’t forget the sunblock – If you have the pleasure of being in the sunlight during the winter, don’t skip the sunblock.
  • Use a moisturizing body wash – What type of body wash do you use? It might actually be a culprit of your dry skin. Consider using a heavier moisturizing body wash this time of the year and save the other stuff for spring.
  • Try a humidifier – You might consider putting a humidifier in your home. It’s a great way to add moisture back in the air. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, a 2013 study showed that increasing humidity levels to 43 percent or above significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections. That’s an added bonus right there!

We hope these tips help you and you’re able to better enjoy the dryer months ahead. Stay tuned for more winter weather posts from Dial Retirement Communities. Thank you for reading our blog!

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