The Importance of Skin Care with Age

Posted:August 10, 2017

Your skin should always be a priority, especially as you age.

As you get older, you may begin to experience dry and itchy skin, bruising, wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. The NIH explains that skin becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it did before.

There are plenty of preventive steps or ways to care for your skin conditions if they appear to getting worse. You should always stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fluids every single day, even if you feel hydrated, you may not be. Avoid smoking and heavy alcohol intake as well.

Wrinkles are easily preventative, as they are mostly caused by years of UV sun ray exposure. Always use SPF and moisturizing lotions to keep your skin protected and healthy. Exfoliating helps with any dry or flaky irritation.

Skin tags become most common in older women and appear in the folds of the body, eyelids and neck. They are usually harmless and if they cause any irritation just contact your dermatologist to talk about removal options.

It is important to periodically check your body for moles. Raised moles could be a possible indication of skin cancer. Follow the “ABCDE’s” chart below by NIH to check moles, birthmarks, etc.

A = Asymmetry (one half of the growth looks different from the other half)

B = Borders that are irregular

C = Color changes or more than one color

D = Diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser

E = Evolving; this means the growth changes in size, shape, symptoms (itching, tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or shades of color

See your doctor right away if you have any of these signs to make sure it is not skin cancer.