Soft Skin ~ for Grandkids!

By:  Eric Turner, Age 17 | Lead Writer and Editor at The Multi Hyphenate University at Albany, SUNY | 

Nobody wants to watch their grandchildren wipe kisses off their face as they walk away.  For many seniors, keeping their skin healthy, and grandkid approved, can be an issue.  However, with a little bit of maintenance, you’ll never have to worry about that again!  Here are a few simple tips and tricks that you can use to keep your skin looking great and keep your grandchildren holding on to that hug.

First, it’s very important to watch your diet. It’s common knowledge that greasy foods will make your skin just as greasy, but what fewer people know is that other foods will help keep your skin looking spunky.  Anything rich in vitamins and minerals will be good — not only for your body, but also for your skin.  These foods include (but are not limited to!): any green vegetable, melons, berries, fish, nuts and avocados.  For a better idea of what to avoid, check out this WebMD article.  In addition to this, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough water.  Feelings of dehydration will carry over to your skin, causing it to dry out and crack.

Another thing to watch out for is hot showers and baths, as detailed here.  Washing with mildly warm water should be fine, but prolonged exposure to hot water can hurt your skin, as can excessive scrubbing.  If you’ve managed an active lifestyle, then your skin might still require a deep scrub daily.  However, if you don’t find yourself doing a lot of running, you should switch to something less rigorous.

Smoking can be dangerous for the skin, too, as disclosed in  A smoking habit can cause leathery, dry skin.  If you’re looking to avoid this without quitting, try not to smoke in contained areas.  Large, open areas will be better for your skin, and cracking a window will moisten your skin and give you a literal breath of fresh air.

Unsurprisingly, maintaining healthy skin is often as simple as maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Vitamin A&D rich skin creams and creams containing natural ingredients like aloe will help a lot along the way, but are no replacement for a good diet and hydration.

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