September is Healthy Aging Skin Month, and this highlights the importance of focusing on skin care as you age. Your skin is a very important part of your overall health, and like any other area of the body, it needs proper attention and care.
Taking Care of Your Skin
As you age, you may find your skin becoming more dry or itchy, and can bruise and become irritated more easily. Your skin may become thicker and more wrinkled, or more unevenly pigmented/blotchy, or even redder and thinner. It is never too late to help prevent and/or lessen these changes of sun aging and just aging in general
Everyone should take steps to protect their skin from the sun, especially as we age, and also keep themselves rejuvenated to avoid your skin from becoming too dry. This can be done through moisturizing frequently, especially with creams and ointments (and NOT lotions) on the drier places on your body as well as visits to your FAAD board certified dermatologist to monitor any new spots or blemishes on your skin. During a skin exam, your FAAD board certified dermatologist can also monitor for early signs of skin cancer.
Reducing Premature Aging
There are also many steps you can take to lessen the effects of time on your skin. Protecting your skin from the sun with protective clothing and regular use of broad spectrum (but not a spray) sunscreen is the most important thing you can do as a baseline. Your FAAD board certified dermatologist and or/ their office based aesthetician can recommend products and procedures that will keep you looking young and lessen/prevent features of aging on your skin. Taking care of your skin should always be at the forefront of your mind, as the long-term consequences may become more difficult to treat as you age.