Age-Related Skin Issues: What to Expect as You Get Older

When we’re young, we can’t imagine anything worse than chicken pox or acne. However, we later find that aging comes with a lot of baggage of its own. Even the healthiest seniors can suffer from an increase in skin conditions like athlete’s foot, dry skin, or liver spots. If you have developed a disease like type 2 diabetes or cancer, then you automatically fall into a high risk pool for skin complications like malignant skin lesions. The good news is that there are products out there (like the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer for one!) to help alleviate many of these concerns.

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Some people want to avoid getting older, but there is much we can do to take care of our skin to age gracefully.
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What Happens to Skin as We Age?

The National Institutes of Health notes several major changes to the skin with age:

– The outermost layer of skin thins

– The number of protective pigment-containing cells decreases

– The connective tissue breaks down with sun exposure

– Blood vessels become more fragile

– Sebaceous glands produce less oil, causing a drying effect

– Subcutaneous fat thins out, so there is less padding and protection from the elements 

– More fragile skin is at higher risk for all different types of injury.

Aging Skin: Common Problems

According to the Gloucester Timessome of the most common skin problems associated with aging include:

– Shingles: a condition mimicking chicken pox that results in raised blisters and severe pain

– Cold sores: painful and contagious blisters that form on the lips or nose

– Psoriasis: chronic and incurable silvery, scaly rashes that develop on the elbows, knees, or scalp

– Skin tags: loose, raised bumps on the skin that can be found on the neck, chest, and armpits

– Athlete’s foot: red, itching, burning sores along the soles of the feet, especially between the toes

– Age spots: dark pigmentation spots resulting from a lifetime of sun exposure

What to Do about Aging Skin Issues

Sun exposure is the #1 contributor to skin degeneration. The National Institute on Aging says the best thing seniors can do to stay healthy is to: limit their time in the sun (particularly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the most intense); use broad spectrum SPF every couple of hours while outdoors; wear protective clothing like wide brim hats, long sleeves, and sunglasses; and avoid tanning.

The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends:

– Quitting smoking

– Avoid squinting

– Eat a healthy, balanced diet

– Drink less alcohol

– Exercise most days of the week

– Sleep on your back

– Cleanse your skin gently and do not use products that sting

– Wash your face twice a day and after sweating

– Apply daily moisturizer

To protect the skin on your feet, you should check for injury each day, especially if you have diabetes or neuropathy. The feet should be washed in warm water daily and dried thoroughly before moisturizing and putting the feet into clean socks and shoes. Wear socks, shoes, sandals, or slippers at all times to protect the feet from minor injuries. Keep the blood flowing by stretching, wiggling the toes, and circulating the ankles.

Furthermore, you want to protect your feet from harmful microbes like bacteria and fungi, which could compromise your whole body health if you come into contact with something like staph.

How the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer Can Help

Our product cannot help every aging skin issue, but people who are concerned about the skin on their feet staying healthy can take advantage of ultraviolet light to eradicate fungi, bacteria and viruses. We spent a lot of time researching how shoes contribute to recurrent conditions like toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, shoe odor, and diabetic foot ulcers. Our research has been published in respected medical journals and you can find the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer in many podiatrist offices across the country. You can order a UV shoe sanitizer for home use online and try it for 30 days risk-free.