Managing dry skin as we age is challenging.
Whether you’ve sailed past your forties without your skin getting dryer or you’re experiencing it now, it’s almost sure that half of us will get dry skin in our lifetime. When this happens, we must manage dry skin as we age differently. Here are a few tips.
Managing Dry Skin as We Age
According to AARP, more than 50 percent of adults age 40 and older deal with dry skin. Though aging has been very good to me, I’m experiencing dry skin like never before. I have found relief that didn’t break the bank.
During my last dermatology visit, the PA mentioned that my back was super dry, with dry spots everywhere. She told me if I took warm showers instead of hot showers, it would help the dry skin on my back. I’ve always taken hot showers because it felt so good on my tired, stressed shoulders. However, since she told me that I have stopped taking hot showers and baths, this change has helped my dry skin tremendously.
What causes Dry Skin the older we get?
Our bodies produce less oil that compromises our skin barrier and therefore holds less moisture at this age. It’s inevitable at this point. Some experience dry skin more than others.
How can you tell you’re experiencing dry skin?
You’ll know you’re experiencing dry skin when it looks and feels dry, tight, and itchy. It is downright miserable, especially if you have flaky patches. Look for those on your elbows, arms, and legs.
If you are experiencing dry skin and are itching quite a bit, it’s best to see a dermatologist. Remember, you can’t see spots on your back as they can. I am experiencing severe dry skin now, but this information is not to diagnose anyone or give advice. Make an appointment with a dermatologist if your dry skin is so irritating that you’ll use anything to relieve that itch, like a stick or kitchen utensil!
How to Managing Dry Skin tips:
- Protect your skin and cover up more in dry and windy winter weather.
- Do not take hot baths and showers; always take warm baths.
- Check your soap; stop using harsh chemicals and mild, fragrance-free soap.
- Check your laundry detergent; again, don’t use harsh chemicals.
- After showering, pat dry your skin with a towel, don’t rub.
- Rub your body with moisturizer cream after getting out of the bath or shower.
- Turn down the heat at night when sleeping. It’s better to cover up with more blankets than to have the heat blowing on you all night.
- I’ve heard that body oil may help relieve dry skin symptoms and give you smooth young-looking skin.
- Using a humidifier in your bedroom at night can help bring back moisture in the air from the heat during the wintertime.
- Eat plenty of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids or take omega-3 supplements. Both help boost hydration.
- Drink more water daily.
- Eat water-filled foods like lettuce, strawberries, watermelon, and cucumbers.
- Using peppermint essential oil in your warm bath may also help with dry, irritated skin.
These tips on dealing with dry skin as you age can help if you stick to them. Choose 3 or 4 now and do the others as you see fit. It might take a few months to feel a difference. There’s one more thing I have to do because of my dry skin, and that is to watch the clothing I wear. Materials that are stiff or certain fibers irritate my skin. I’ve had to put up my favorite pea coat because it aggravates my neck and shoulders.
Managing dry skin as we age is not hard to do unless it’s severe. If that’s the case, seek a professional.