Your senior loved one may need some help to take care of her tender or sensitive skin. The skin is an organ that is often overlooked and doesn’t get the attention of some of the other major organs. Yet it serves very important purposes! As her in home care provider, you can help your aging adult to take especially good care of her skin.
1. Antioxidants. They are known for their anti-aging properties. Green tea as well as grape seed extracts are both known for their ability to fight free radicals. Free radicals are known to attribute to aging and illnesses.
2. Exfoliation. During youth, the outer layer of skin sloughs off on a regular basis, showing off the beautiful young skin underneath. As you age, the process tapers off and causes a dull-looking complexion. Gentle mineral scrubs can help the facial skin look young and vibrant again. Be careful though, on sensitive or tender skin, not to do any excessive rubbing.
3. Jojoba oil. This hydrating natural oil has been shown to be similar in biochemical nature to the oils in our skin, so it is more easily absorbed. It is a common ingredient in some of the better quality facial and body lotions.
4. Vitamin K. Some people say that vitamin K works wonders for getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. One study suggested that vitamin K combined with retinol and vitamins E and C made improvements in dark circles after several weeks of use. Getting enough sleep and eating healthy can also help rid you of dark circles.
5. Taking care of skin pores. Skin pores expand when we age. Partly it is because of sun exposure and partly it is attributed to the reduction in collagen and elastin. Pores tend to look much larger when clogged, so keeping the facial skin clean and conditioned is the way to go.
6. Co-enzyme Q-10 is a supplemental antioxidant that many people swear by. It strengthens and hydrates the top layer of skin, and helps it to seal in the moisture that is so vital. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for people who have sensitive skin.
7. Water – drink it. Water is something our body needs adequate supplies of. When our organs have enough water, everything runs more smoothly. But do not chug gallons of it. Just drink the recommended 8 glasses a day.
Care Connection provides home care services in Williamston, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.