Your skin changes with age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as smooth as it once did. It takes much longer for those painful scratches, cuts and bumps to heal. However, there are things you can do to protect your skin and to make it feel and look better.
- You should moisturize your skin at least twice a day.
- Choose a cream formula moisturizer and vegetable based formula.
- Do not use products that irritate the skin such as fragrant and colour additives.
- You can look for quality brands at your local pharmacy.
- Choose a pump bottle and not a container as it is easier for bacteria to enter non-pump containers.
- Avoid sharing products to prevent contamination.
Check your skin daily:
- Look for wounds, rashes, bruising and any other skin changes.
- If you continuously notice itchiness and redness on your skin, it may mean your skin is too dry or you are sensitive to the moisturizer component. Petroleum based moisturizer can easily clog pores and cause a reaction.
- Have your skin regularly reviewed by your GP.
- Ask your local pharmacist what products are most suitable for your skin type.
- As we age, we do not need to shower as often. No more than 3 times per week is recommended.
- Use warm water, not hot water. You can try to reduce the water temperature slowly over time.
- Do not use soap, as soap can dry out the skin. Try soap-free cleansers.
- Avoid long showers. Pat skin dry, do not rub.
- Keep your skin clean and dry to avoid irritation and skin infection.
- It is important that you keep active.
- Walk to the grocery shop around the corner or take a walk around the house.
- When lying or sitting, change your position frequently.
- It always feels warmer to bundle yourself in all those tight and thick layers. However, this can cause a lot of friction on your skin.
- Choose cotton and loose-fitting clothes.
Always wear your limb protector:
- If you do not own a limb protector, your Vital Home Health Services nurse can assess your needs, and if required, order one for you.
- If you have been prescribed to wear compression stockings, always make sure to wear them as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you need assistance in wearing your limb protector or compression stocking, your Vital Home Health Services nurse will be happy to help you.
- Use absorbent, disposable incontinence products when needed.
- Barrier creams and films can prevent damage to the skin.
- Do not use tapes or adhesives as this damages your skin.