Skin, our body’s largest organ, clearly shows the effects of aging.
How much our skin and wrinkles betray our age depends a lot on our genes as well as our lifestyle, such as smoking, diet, physical activity and how well we protect our skin from the sun. Even in our later years, lifestyle can help us improve our skin health, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Although good lifestyle practices cannot reverse the aging process, they can slow and ease the effects, even if we may not have been as careful as we should have been in our younger years.
The following is a summary of common skin conditions that come with age and how to alleviate their effects:
A number of factors contribute to dry, flaky skin:
Not drinking enough liquids
Lack of protection from the sun
Loss of sweat and oil glands that occurs naturally with aging
Health problems, such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease
Dry skin can be managed by taking fewer baths and using warm water and milder soap or a soap substitute, recommends the AAD. Hot water and overuse of soap dries out skin. Moisturizers applied immediately after a bath, while the skin is still damp, seal in moisture. Avoid adding oils to bath water as they can make a tub dangerously slippery.
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