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Healthy Skin: Products That Benefit Seniors

Seniors often have thin skin that can easily become dry or damaged during everyday tasks. Using the right skin care products can help Tracy live-in caregivers protect their senior loved ones’ skin from harmful pollutants. Here are some beneficial skin care products that allow seniors to maintain youthful, healthy skin.

Sunscreen

When choosing skin care products for seniors, the most important thing to consider is whether the product contains sunscreen. A minimum SPF of 15 or greater is recommended anytime your loved one ventures outdoors, no matter his or her age. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist sunscreen is an ideal option for seniors. The sunscreen is easy to apply, is non-greasy, and you can find it in your local drugstore.

Moisturizers

Seniors often have thinner, drier skin that younger people. To ensure their skin remains moisturized, use a gentle moisturizer after showering each day. Avoid lotions and moisturizers that contain alcohol. Alcohol causes dryness and can be painful when it is applied to dry skin. Natural moisturizers, like whipped coconut butter, are an excellent option for seniors with dry, sensitive skin. You can make your own whipped coconut butter by blending cold-processed coconut oil on high speed until it is light and airy. Store the butter in a cool place and remix it if it melts.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is often added to face creams, moisturizers and cleansers to promote healthy skin. Vitamin E is ideal for skin care products because it helps your loved one maintain skin elasticity, which can decline with age. Nature’s Bounty E-Cream is an affordable option that contains enough vitamin E to protect your loved one’s skin from the elements and retain his or her elasticity.

Cleansers  

Soap can significantly strip skin of essential oils and can cause seniors to experience rash or other discomfort when used too often. Instead of regular soap, choose a moisturizing cleanser that contains emollients, like jojoba, coconut or olive oil, to maintain healthy skin. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is an option that cleanses the skin without robbing it of essential moisture.

Skin care isn’t the only important component of aging healthily. Seniors can enjoy other aspects of aging with help from Home Care Assistance of Tracy. Our comprehensive in-home services are specifically designed to help seniors age in place gracefully by structuring balanced schedules based on healthy eating, regular exercise, and socialization. To learn more about in-home care through Home Care Assistance, call us today at (209) 650-8500 and speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager about scheduling a free consultation.