Summer Skin Care for Aging Adults

by Eileen Bailey Health Writer

Aging adults have special skin-care needs

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.

Vapor from humidifier in the morning light

Dry skin

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.

Couple kayaking in the lake on a sunny day

Sun exposure

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.

Senior man looking at prescription drugs

Pay attention to medications you take

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.

Bruised skin


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.

Senior woman hands with age spots on steering wheel

Age spots

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.

Dermatologist examining patient with a dermascope

Skin cancer

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.

Mature Woman putting cream on her face

Make your skin a priority

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.

Eileen Bailey
Meet Our Writer
Eileen Bailey

Eileen Bailey is an award-winning author of six books on health and parenting topics and freelance writer specializing in health topics including ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer. Her wish is to provide readers with relevant and practical information on health conditions to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care.