“Problems with mature skin are common and may be under-recognised," says clinical dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth. "As we age, our skin undergoes a number of changes. These charges are a combination of intrinsic ageing (natural biological changes that happen to our skin over the years), and extrinsic (a combination of environmental damages).”
“The top layer of the skin (epidermis) becomes thinner, meaning that the skin becomes more fragile. There is a reduction in the natural moisturising factor of the skin, which helps to hold water in and maintain its ability to act as a barrier. As a result, more than 50 per cent of the older patients I see notice significant dryness and we see high rates of itchiness (pruritus) and eczema in older people too.”
Keep your skin healthy and hydrated by following the 'SKIN' method from E45:
- Strong soaps or antiseptic washes should be avoided as they will raise the pH of the skin, stripping its lipids and natural moisturising factor. Use an emollient based wash, which is pH neutral and gentle on the skin.
- Keep up the moisture. Use a daily moisturiser which is non-fragranced to help reduce irritation. If the skin is flaky and dry, consider using an emollient moisturizer.
- Itchy skin tends to be worse at night and may be further aggravated by bathing. I recommend applying creams or moisturizers after showing or bathing and before bed.
- Never wash with very hot water as this can dry out the skin – use warm water instead.
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