Summer Skin Care for Aging Adults

Eileen Bailey | June 5, 2017

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Aging adults have special skin-care needs

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As you age, your skin changes. It thins and loses fat. You might notice that cuts and scratches take longer to heal. You might notice age spots, dryness, and skin cancer. Keep reading for tips on caring for your aging skin during the summer months.

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Dry skin

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As your skin ages, it loses sweat and oil glands, which can cause dry skin. Health conditions, such as diabetes, and some medications also contribute to dry skin. Of course, environmental factors such as spending too much time in the sun or being in dry air can add to the problem. For relief, use a humidifier in your home, bathe with warm water rather than hot, use moisturizing cleansers instead of soap, drink plenty of water, and use moisturizers  daily.

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Sun exposure

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The risk of developing skin cancer increases with age. While skin cancer is thought to be the result of cumulative sun exposure, it is important to take precautions no matter your age. Limit your sun exposure by staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and wear long sleeves and long pants or a long skirt. Use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when outdoors to protect your face and eyes.

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Pay attention to medications you take

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Some medications recommend staying out of the sun. When filling prescription medications, read the label or talk to your pharmacist about sun-exposure precautions for your medications.

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Bruises

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As your skin thins, you might bruise easily and notice that when you do get a bruise, it takes longer to heal. If you see bruises that aren’t healing or if you aren’t sure how you got the bruise, talk to your doctor.

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Age spots

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Age spots, also called liver spots, are usually harmless brown spots on your skin. They are the result of years of sun exposure. They may turn darker after sun exposure. Make sure to protect your skin to prevent darker and more age spots.

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Skin cancer

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Your chance of developing skin cancer increases with age. Get in the habit of performing a self-skin check once a month, and visit your dermatologist once a year. If you notice new spots, sores that won’t heal, or spots and lesions that change in size, shape, or color, contact your dermatologist.

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Make your skin a priority

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Follow a daily routine for caring for your skin. Use mild cleansers to keep skin clean, pat dry after showers to avoid irritation from rubbing, and use a moisturizer every day.

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