Tips to keep older adults skin healthy during the winter
Many older people suffer from dry spots on their skin, often on their lower legs, elbows, and lower arms. During the winter months is even more crucial to pay attention to those spots. Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive skincare regimen is vital for healing and avoiding dry skin.
1. Ointments and creams will be more effective than lotions. Also, make sure that you choose a fragrance-free product. As moisturizers work by trapping existing moisture in the skin, apply your moisturizer immediately after bathing and washing hands to maximize the effects.
2. Long, hot showers can further damage dry skin; therefore, limit showers (and baths) to 5-10 minutes and use warm, rather than hot, water.
3. When possible, run a humidifier to add moisture to the air to the home.