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Practicing Good Skin Health for Seniors

senior woman applying skin care

The aging skin can appear dry and thin – which makes seniors vulnerable to skin conditions. If the skin has lost its moisture and becomes too dry, cracks can form on the surface which allows bacteria to penetrate.

Taking good care of your skin should be part of your health and wellness – and more especially as a part of a health regimen for your senior loved one.

When a senior has sensitive skin, it is best to use mild products only. Cleaning agents and other beauty products applied to the skin include different types of ingredients. Some of the components are on the stronger side and may irritate vulnerable skin. Before using a product, check its contents. Review if there are harsh ingredients included. If you are in doubt, always consult with the pharmacist or see a skin doctor for your senior. List down these active ingredients you need to avoid and ask about other alternatives. Seek a milder solution for your loved one.

Avoid giving your seniors a hot bath. The water temperature can inflame the skin causing itching, redness, and peeling in some cases. Try to reduce the number of showers for your seniors as well. You can ask the doctor about how often they should take a shower to balance hygiene and skin conditions.

If you are caring for a bed-ridden senior, you need to take things up higher. Bedsores and pressure-sensitive ulcers happen because of the constant contact and limited relief. Try changing your senior’s position from time to time. Change their catheters frequently. Immediately change soiled linens and regularly change unsoiled ones.

When you need help to care for your loved one, call Lowenhill Home Care Services today.

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/skin-care-and-aging

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