You probably feel like a teenager on the inside. Most of us do, even as we move into retirement age and start to think about slowing down.
But as we get older and the trials and tribulations of daily life take their toll, ageing skin can be the first sign that we’re maybe not quite as young as we feel.
Our skin changes the older we get. A look in the mirror is usually enough to confirm that! Under the surface, the proteins that keep the skin strong and elastic (collagen and elastin) aren’t produced as quickly as they once were, which is why you start to see wrinkles, sagging, thinning and dryness.
Lifestyle habits like smoking and poor diet speed up the ageing process for our skin, and we all know the dangers of overexposure to sunlight. Those UV rays break down elastic tissue and cause the skin to stretch, wrinkle and go blotchy, occasionally leading to skin cancer.
Clearly, there are some things we can do to help ageing skin look healthier. But some parts of the ageing process are unavoidable, meaning that most of us suffer from these common ageing skin complaints at some point in our lives.
Excessively Dry Ageing Skin
Ageing skin often becomes tighter and drier. You’ll likely have noticed the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially if you frown or smile a lot. (Hopefully the latter!)
But extremely dry skin is more than just a bit flaky or itchy. If your ageing skin is really dry, it might crack and bleed, which opens up the possibilities of infections and can lead to more serious health problems.
Avoid hot showers and baths, use a mild cleanser that’s free from strong alkaline solutions, and think about getting a humidifier to keep the air moist.
Age Spots and Skin Tags
Age spots (sometimes called liver spots) are particularly common for ageing skin. These flat, brown spots are bigger than freckles, and tend to appear on the face, hands, arms, back and feet.
Skin tags are common, too. These are small, flesh-coloured growths of skin with a raised surface. Women tend to be more prone to skin tags, but they aren’t anything to worry about. If the appearance of a skin tag bothers you, you can always talk to your doctor about getting it removed.
Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers
When ageing skin is combined with a lack of mobility – another change to our lifestyle that becomes more common in our later years – proper care and treatment becomes even more important.
Spending a lot of time in bed or sitting down can put parts of the body under extreme pressure. Once the blood stops reaching these areas, the skin and underlying tissue gets damaged. Stage 1 bedsores will be hot and red patches. Stage 4 bedsores are deep wounds that can lead to cellulitis, sepsis and even cancer.
Prevention is key.
Change positions frequently, keep the skin clean and dry, use specially-designed pressure-relieving cushions, and, if you can, exercise to get the blood flowing to the affected parts of your body.
Below are a few CareCo products designed to treat and prevent bedsores and pressure ulcers in ageing skin: