Taking care of your skin is really important, no matter what age you are. Your skin is affected by everything you do—what you eat and… drink, how much you exercise, and how much sun exposure you get every day. You should always make skin care a priority in your life to maintain your health, and also to keep yourself looking fresh and young.
As you get older, skin care should be even more of a priority than it was when you were young. It’s important to have a daily routine that works for your skin, including the uses of moisturizer and sun block.
Moisturizer is important because it replenishes your skin with the oils that it lacks. Also, depending on which moisturizer/brand you buy, you can find products that are specifically targeted to deeply moisturize specific parts of your body. As you get older, you may need more moisture on places like your hands, shoulders, and elbows.
Putting moisturizer on your face should be your number one priority. Your moisturizer should have an SPF of at least 20 to protect you from the sun. Using a moisturizer with SPF will prevent wrinkles and breakouts. If you use a moisturizer with an SPF on your face, you don’t have to worry about wearing pure sun block on your face during an average day.
If you’re just going out to run some errands, your SPF moisturizer will protect you. But, if you’re going to the beach or the pool, you should definitely wear pure sun block on your face. If you are planning on spending a large amount of time in the sun, you should always have sun block with you. Your sun block should have an SPF of 50 to give you fool-proof protection.
Wearing sun block is really important no matter what time of year it is. Even if it’s winter time, you should put sun block on the parts of your body that are exposed to the sun. The sun’s rays can reflect off of the snow and still give you sunburn if you are exposed to it for a long period of time. Always take precaution and put on sun block. If you don’t want to smell like a day at the beach, you can find unscented sun block that will still do the job.
Always remember that even when it’s cloudy, the sun is still out. The sun’s rays can affect you whether or not you can actually see the sun. Take all precaution and use protection for your skin – even when the sky is filled with clouds.
Make sure the soap that you use on your face isn’t drying out your skin. You should also be buying soap that specifically made for the skin on your face. Face soap has oils that are meant for the skin on your face and won’t make you break out. If you use a general body wash on your face, the harsh cleanser might dry out your skin and will strip it of the essential oils it produces.
Aside from using sun block, you can also wear hats to protect your skin. Hats are great because they’re really easy. You just put it on your head and off you go! You can buy hats tailored to your style that will protect your face from the sun’s harsh rays. Hats are great for the beach and, aside from protecting you, are also a fashion statement. You can’t go wrong with hats!
As a senior, it’s highly important to get your skin checked by a dermatologist. Ideally you should get a skin exam once a month. If you can’t make it to the doctor that often, then you should be checking your skin daily for anything unusual. If you find anything, even a very small lump or bump, you should go see a doctor. It’s probably nothing to be worried about, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you look at your whole body often in order to find anything that could be unusual.
Skin gets more sensitive as you age, so taking extra care of it is necessary. Eating fruits and veggies and drinking plenty of water will greatly benefit your skin. Apricots are especially great for your skin, and even help clear pores.
Keeping your skin healthy is easy. If you keep up with a good skin regimen, you will love the way your skin looks, and you won’t get new wrinkles. Don’t forget to take care of your skin!
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