Spring skin care tips for adults over 50

As the weather continues to grow more beautiful, seniors must be mindful of their skin health as they adjust to the changing seasons. Although the temperature may be getting higher, older adults are still at risk for dry skin, irritation and puffiness if they don’t take the right measures.

Seniors who suffer from chronic conditions should speak to a medical professional before adopting any new beauty product or following a new routine, but for those living in retirement communities who are looking for ways to stave off the sun’s effects, consider the following to keep skin healthy and happy this spring.

Keep the makeup light and natural
There are a number of foundations, concealers and powders available on the market that claim to fight wrinkles, hide age spots and cover blemishes, but for seniors, using too many of these products may cause an adverse reaction, especially during seasonal changes. Instead of several different products, Ruth Hersheson, the 55-year-old co-founder of the salon Daniel Hersheson, explained that she relies upon one foundation to do the trick.

“As you get older I think you have to embrace your age but make more of an effort,” Hersheson said to The Telegraph. “I never wore foundation – I thought it made me look older – but my make-up-artist daughter showed me if you apply the right foundation lightly, in the areas that need it, it gives you a glow.”

Caroline Neville, the 70-year-old president of the beauty organization CEW UK, recommended that seniors choose a neutral color for their eye? shadow as well, such as light brown or beige, as these colors add a layer of sophistication to any look.

Hydration is key for skin health
Whether they’re preparing to go on an outing with their retirement community or merely want to spend time in their senior home’s garden, older adults must remember to use plenty of SPF whenever they go outdoors. Not only does sunscreen help protect against ultraviolet rays – which can lead to skin damage and sun spots – but it can also keep skin hydrated during the day.

Dry skin can be both annoying and painful, and, unfortunately, changing seasons can exacerbate the issue. The U.S. National Institute on Aging explained that several factors can lead to dry skin, including dehydration, stress or sweat. To combat this uncomfortable condition, seniors should be sure to moisturize their skin several times a day and drink plenty of water. Additionally, the organization recommends that seniors avoid spending too much time in the shower or bath, as excess moisture can cause the skin to dry out.