Aging and Your Skin
As you age, your skin becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as smooth. You can see your veins and bones through your skin, and scratches and cuts may take longer to heal. Sun tanned skin may have resulted in wrinkles, dry skin, brown age spots, or skin cancer. What can you do to take good care of your skin?
There are many reasons your skin may be dry: not drinking enough liquids, too much sun exposure, living in a dry environment, smoking, stress, overuse of soap, and long showers or baths in hot water. Certain diseases and medicines can make skin dry and itchy. Always check with your doctor.
Some sun can be good for you. Avoid peak times when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Remember that the sun’s rays can go through clouds. Use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Wear protective clothing.
The above information is not intended as medical advice. Always check with your doctor about any medical issues.