As people age, skin changes and the need to care for it becomes more important. Summer heat and more sun exposure can create additional problems for skin.

Use these 10 tips to protect skin and make it feel and look better with age – whether you’re looking for steps for yourself or caring for an older loved one.

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  1. Drink water daily and always stay hydrated, especially when it is hot outside.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day, but especially before going out into the sun. This even matters when you plan on sitting in a car as the windows do not provide UV protection. And don’t forget your hat!
  3. Wear protective clothing in the sun. You can find a great variety of clothing made from fabric that offers UV protection and is vented to keep you cool in the summer.
  4. Sit in the shade or use an umbrella if you plan to spend time outside.  
  5. Avoid using very hot and steamy water when you shower or bathe to prevent skin from drying out.
  6. Avoid soaps with artificial ingredients, alcohol or fragrances -- the milder, the safer. This list is a great resource for each age group. 
  7. Apply mild moisturizers on skin after every shower and bath. Hydration can prevent discomfort from itchy, dry skin at bay.
  8. Avoid smoking cigarettes and cigars that can cause premature aging and wrinkles.
  9. Change clothes and bedsheets regularly. This becomes especially important for individuals whose health condition requires them to stay in bed for longer periods of time, as bedding can get soiled from food, skin particles, dirt, or bathing in bed.
  10. If you feel that your home environment is extremely dry, try using a humidifier.

While some sun can be good for you (the best source of vitamin D that there is), it’s important to limit your time in the sun. Check your skin from time to time to see if anything has changed, and if it has, you should see your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible.

With age, skin becomes thinner and more prone to wrinkles, veins and bones become more visible through the skin, and scratches or cuts can take longer to heal. Skin is more sensitive and susceptible to certain skin diseases and conditions, including the following:

  • Overly dry and itchy skin, which can develop into dermatitis. While mild dermatitis is not a reason for concern, if symptoms worsen you can experience peeling and shedding or infection. If this happens, talk to your doctor or dermatologist immediately.
  • Bruising, discoloration or purple spots on the skin, which are both caused when the skin gets too thin. Blood vessels and capillaries can begin show through.
  • Skin Infections and parasites can develop for any number of reasons, but typically require medical treatment to relieve pain and manage symptoms.
  • Skin growths, such as skin tags and age spots, are very common. Make sure to have your doctor to check new appearances to be rule out any risks.

By following these easy tips, you can protect your skin and live a healthier life. Again, always consult with your doctor or dermatologist if you are worried about wrinkles, age spots or skin tags.

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By Craig Layne