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Skin-saving tips for seniors

April 16, 2014

Monitoring what happens to the outside of the body is just as important for some as regulating what happens inside. Healthy skin can not only improve seniors' appearances, but it can also lead to increased self-confidence, decreased discomfort and improved overall health.

Seniors don't have to purchase expensive products or visit the dermatologist on a weekly basis to have glowing, moisturized skin. There are several small tips older adults can heed when trying to take care of their bodies, ranging from watching the food they eat to monitoring the ingredients in their soap.

Eat a diet rich with rejuvenating nutrients
Consuming the right foods can contribute to healthy aging, whether seniors are trying to decrease their chances for contracting heart disease or improve their overall physical appearances. Fitness Magazine listed a number of foods replete with skin-saving nutrients. Dark chocolate, for example, is chock full of antioxidants that can help improve the firmness of the skin. Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a New York-based dermatologist, told the magazine that this food would not only help when digested, but when physically applied to the skin's surface as well. Seniors should consider consuming dark chocolate in moderate amounts, or using creams with cocoa.

Be mindful of the products you purchase
Andrea Robinson, author of "Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Woman 50+," recently spoke to AARP about certain items seniors should consider keeping in their vanities. She emphasized that older adults, both male and female, should read the ingredients for all beauty products before purchasing them. Shampoos, soaps and cosmetics should be full of healthy nutrients and include key words like, "moisturizing, luminizing, dewy, radiance, sheer and brightening." 

Additionally, BirchBox stressed that keeping beauty products that have expired may lead to negative health effects, such as dry skin and allergic reactions. Seniors who have extra sensitive skin should carefully monitor their products and examine how much longer they should be in use.

Avoid risk factors that could be harmful to appearance
While there are several products that can help restore moisture and radiance to the skin, there are risk factors that seniors should avoid to protect this large organ. The National Institute on Aging emphasized that seniors should avoid staying in the sun for long periods of time, as ultraviolet rays can be incredibly harmful. When sun time cannot be avoided, seniors should be sure to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and wear clothing to protect any exposed skin.