How to Care for Your Skin as You Age
Caring for your skin goes beyond knowing which lotions and cleansers to use. A healthy skin care regimen also includes staying hydrated, paying attention to sun exposure, diet, lifestyle, and more.
How to Have Younger-Looking Skin as You Age
Wrinkles, dark spots, and dry skin are just a few of the signs of aging. While genetics plays a role in skin health, lifestyle is important, too.
Here are a few choices that can give you healthier, younger-looking skin:
- Stop smoking: This is one of the best things you can do to help your skin. The nicotine found in cigarettes causes blood vessels in the outer layers of your skin to constrict, which impairs blood flow and causes skin to look older and duller.
- Don’t drink from straws: The repetitive motion of drinking from a straw contributes to wrinkles around the mouth.
- Wear sunglasses: Squinting causes skin damage. Make a point to wear sunglasses any time you are outdoors or riding in the car—including during the winter months.
- Limit alcohol consumption: Alcohol is dehydrating and can make skin appear dry and less plump.
- Wear sunscreen: Many seniors grew up largely without sunscreen, and don’t think they need it or completely forget to use it. But wearing sunscreen every day—even if you are just riding in a car—can help prevent sun damage. More importantly, sunscreen can help lower the risk of melanoma by as much as 50 to 73 percent.
- Wash off makeup: Another factor that contributes to skin damage is going to bed without washing your face. This is especially harmful if you wear makeup, as it clogs your pores and causes your skin’s collagen and elastin to breakdown.
- Get moving: A sedentary lifestyle can leave your skin looking dull. Exercising 30 minutes a day will help give you a more youthful appearance and might even help to reverse signs of aging.
- Eat a well-balanced diet: Eating too much sugar, meat, and dairy, and too few fruits and vegetables can make your skin look older. Following a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes can help brighten your skin.
Wellness Programs at Sunrise Senior Living
At Sunrise, we take a comprehensive approach to wellness. From nutrition and exercise to art and music, we help residents live richer, fuller lives.
If you are looking for more information on aging with success, we encourage you to visit our Elder Care Resources and Information page where you will find tips and tools to help seniors and caregivers alike.