Care for Aged Skin
Aging is the gradual increase in the number of years we spent in the world. Aging is natural and unavoidable. It is most confirmed by the changes in skin through sagging, wrinkles and even whitening of our hair. Although aging is inevitable, yet it can be made gracefully.
What Our Skin Do:
- Our skin contains basic nerve receptors which allow us to feel touch, pain, and pressure.
- Help us in controlling fluid and balance of electrolyte
- Helps control your body temperature
- Protects you from the environment
Effects of Skin Aging
- Aging increase increased the risk for skin injury: This is because the skin becomes thinner, more fragile, and tend to lose the protective fat layer gradually. In some case, the ability to sense touch, pressure, vibration, heat, and cold will greatly diminish.
- Skin Tear: Because the skin is weak due to aging, rubbing or pulling on the skin can tear the skin easily. Blood vessels can break easily.
- Skin Ulcer: Skin ulcers occurs when the skin cannot heal an open sore naturally. This can be caused by aging of the skin, loss of the fat layer, illnesses and poor nutrition. Sores are seen mostly on the outside surface of the forearms, but they can also occur on any part of on the body.
- Slow In Skin Repair: Aging skin takes more time to repair itself as compare to younger skin. Its 4 times slower rate for wounds to heal in younger skin as compared to younger skin. This leads to pressure ulcers and other infections. Diabetes, blood vessel changes, lowered immunity, and other issues also affects the healing of the skin positively or negatively.
Common Skin Aging Problems
Some of the problems associated with aging is skin disorder. This is very common among older people. Infact, 90% of skin disorders occurs commonly among older people.
Skin disorders can be caused by many factors some of which are the following:
- Blood vessel diseases, such as arteriosclerosis
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Reactions to medicines
Other causes of skin changes:
- Allergies to plants and other things
- Exposures to chemicals at home or in the industries.
- Indoor heating
Excessive sunlight can cause:
- Loss of elasticity.
- Noncancerous skin growths.
- Pigment changes such as liver spots.
- Thickening of the skin.
Also, when one exposes his skin too much to the sun, he/she is likely to contact basal cell cancer, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
To prevent changes occurring due to sun exposure, the following can be followed:
- Stay away from hot sun if at all possible.
- Use a high quality sunglasses anytime you are going out.
- Wear a good clothing that will protect your entire body and wear a hat to give you some cover from the sun.
- Good nutritional intake and drinking of water are also very helpful. Lack of enough liquid in the body causes dehydration and that eventually d to an increases the risk of your getting skin injury. Sometimes, lack of good nutrition causes rashes on the skin, skin lesions, and other changes that might occur on the skin.
Finally, always keep skin moist with lotions and other types of moisturizers. Avoid using soaps that has too much perfume in them. Keep your skin moist at all the time because it’s more comfortable and will heal more quickly whenever an injury occurs.