Dryness and irritation in older skin

Dryness and irritation in older skin

Years of exposure to the sun leads to wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and even cancer. Even without much exposure to the sun, skin loses structure and has fewer sweat glands and oil glands, making it more prone to conditions such as dryness, irritation, inflammation and itching. 

Healthy lifestyle choices and good skincare can help you minimise skin aging, but as the skin matures sometimes it is difficult to avoid skin irritations.  Scaly, dry and inflamed skin is often seen around the wrists, the back of the hands, the bridge of the nose, cheeks and the lips. Care needs to be taken in these areas, as skin conditions can worsen and cancer (squamous cell) can develop. 

Age-related dryness can be aggravated by skin irritants such as synthetic-based ointments, perfumed moisturisers and soaps, chlorinated swimming pools and long hot baths or showers. Skin needs protection to make it feel and look better by using skincare and haircare that are pH-balanced and use ingredients that work naturally with the skin like the VibraDerm range of skincare.

Looking after your skin doesn’t have to stop as we get older. It is important to have a good skincare routine by:

  • Eating well and having healthy meals.
  • Keeping hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Moisturise regularly, using a balm or moisturiser that soothes and protects the skin. Check out VibraDerm Barrier Cream.
  • Limit exposure to the sun.
  • Have warm, not hot baths or showers.
  • Get regular checks by a dermatologist.

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