Skin care is crucial for your aging adult because as she ages, her skin becomes more sensitive and fragile. Since November is National Healthy Skin Month, now is the time to look at your senior’s skin care plan and see what you can tweak about it.
Avoid Water that’s Too Hot.
Hot water can feel good for a little while, but the problem is that it dries out skin. The longer that your elderly family member is exposed to hot bath or shower water, the drier her skin can feel. Remember also that if your elderly family member is bathing every day in hot water, that can have a faster cumulative effect. It’s much better for her to use slightly cooler water and to bathe a little less frequently.
Stick to Mild Soap.
There are a lot of different soaps and cleansers out there. Most of them promise the world, but they often contain ingredients that are drying or irritating to skin. Look particularly for ingredients listed just as “fragrance,” because that can cover a lot of ground. Mild soaps made for sensitive skin clean well and don’t generally contain ingredients that will irritate your senior’s skin.
Use Moisturizer Daily.
Moisturizer helps to lock moisture against the skin so that it doesn’t escape. Lighter moisturizers that absorb completely are your senior’s best bet. Again, look for ingredient labels that give you specific ingredients and if the scent is overpowering, try something else. Ideally, lotions should not leave your senior’s skin feeling sticky, irritated, or itchy. If a lotions does any of those things, it’s time to try a different one.
Dry Skin Gently.
One big mistake that many people make after bathing is to roughly dry their skin with a towel. This can be particularly damaging to your senior’s skin. Pat her skin almost dry and then apply lotion. Using rough motions to try to get the skin as dry as possible can actually create tiny breaks in the skin that you might not be able to see. These can later become infected, which creates a bigger problem.
If your elderly family member has trouble bathing or handling other personal care tasks, she doesn’t need to struggle on her own. Elder care providers can help to ensure that she’s safe while handling these basic activities of daily living and that her skin is protected. They can also help you to spot potential issues, such as sores that need attention.
If you or someone you know needs elder care in Hutchinson, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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