Though certain environmental factors can make skin age faster, seniors may still take steps to reduce and diminish the effects of aging. If your loved one is concerned about his or her aging skin, you can help him or her maintain young-looking skin by sharing some anti-aging tips. Read on for 4 ways to help promote senior skin health from the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance in Tampa Bay.
1. Stay Well Hydrated
To retain a youthful-looking complexion, skin needs to be kept hydrated. To help your loved one keep his or her skin glowing, encourage your relative to drink around 8 glasses of water per day. Because water helps cleanse the body of cell-damaging toxins, the more water your loved one drinks, the greater his or her capacity for removing toxins and the healthier his or her skin will look.
2. Limit Sun Exposure
Overexposure to the sun can result in permanent skin damage. To prevent the fine lines and blemishes caused by the sun, advise your loved one to minimize or avoid sun exposure on days where the UV index reading is 8 or higher. If your senior relative decides to spend time outside on days like these, suggest that he or she wear an SPF 30 sunscreen or higher. Keeping a layer of sunscreen on exposed skin will help slow the development of wrinkles and other imperfections.
3. Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Antioxidants help the body replace damaged cells with new and healthy cells, and can help reduce skin inflammation. As many fruits and vegetables, including carrots, broccoli, spinach, blueberries, and peaches, are high in antioxidants, it’s easy to incorporate these inflammation-fighting foods into your loved one’s diet. Asking your loved one’s hourly or live-in caregiver in Clearwater to include one serving of any of these fruits and vegetables in your loved one’s meals each day will give him or her a beauty and health boost.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Since sleep promotes cellular regeneration and slows down the aging process, it’s key that your loved one gets a good night rest every night. While we do require less sleep as we age, it is still important to get an adequate amount of sleep after age 65. For most seniors, between 6 to 7 hours of solid sleep each night is sufficient.
At Home Care Assistance, senior health and wellness is a priority, which is why all of our caregivers are trained in our Balanced Care Method. This propriety approach to senior wellness supports happy and healthy senior lives by promoting healthy eating, exercise, socialization, mental engagement, and feelings of calmness and purpose. To learn more about how our care services can benefit your loved one, give a Care Manager a call at (727) 330-7862 and schedule a free in-home consultation.