Summer is right around the corner.
While we’re all looking forward to bright and sunny days-not to mention the warmth-skin care is still important.
For a lot of seniors, summertime means days of dehydration and dry skin.
As we age, our skin cells lose the firmness they once had.
This means that older people lose water from their bodies easily and thus are more prone to problems related to dehydration.
And as if dry skin wasn’t enough, that dry skin very often leads to itching. None of these things are fun!
In today’s post, I’m going to talk about what you can do to cure dry skin for yourself or an elderly loved one.
Cure for dry skin in the elderly-Tips to help you beat it
- Use moisturizers, creams and lotions on your skin everyday and throughout the day. Not all lotions are created equal. Some of them just seem like the manufacturers did not even want to make the lotion. These are not helpful and dry out almost as soon as you put them on your skin. Established brands that have historically sold thick lotions are the best to buy if you want to get your money’s worth. I would even dare say that if you’re not afraid of the grease, petroleum jelly might be a wonderful solution to keeping your skin moisturized.
- Use a moisturizing soap or body wash when you take a shower. There are soaps and body washes that are harsh and which dry out your skin. Avoid these if you are trying to cure dry skin.
- Use a humidifier in your room so that your skin, mouth and nose don’t dry up at night.
- Drink more water. This might seem obvious but a lot of people miss it. If you want to stay hydrated, you will have to drink more water. I’ve heard some people say they don’t like the taste of water. If you’re one of those people, you can make your water more palatable by adding fresh fruits that flavor it.
- Avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day. The hottest part of the day is usually between 10am-4pm. If you need to be out, make sure you have sunscreen and protective clothing on.
SIDE STORY:There was a time I got bad heat exhaustion from being in the sun for too long. I grew up in the tropics and thought I could handle the sun. Well, I was 100% wrong and learned that day that following simple rules like staying hydrated and wearing the appropriate protective clothing is a must if you want to avoid dehydration.
Don’t forget your electrolytes
Last but not least, don’t forget your electrolytes. As you drink, make sure you are not forgetting to keep up with you electrolyte levels. Having low levels of sodium and potassium for instance can also cause problems for you in the summer. Drinks like Gatorade are helpful when it comes to hydrating and keeping your electrolyte levels right.
Plus they contribute to the health of your skin.
The Wrap Up
Enjoy your summer! And take care of your skin.
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