Following a regimen designed to meet the needs of aging skin, especially for those managing incontinence, is important for overall health.
Neenah, WI (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
Senior skin requires special care, and those looking for gift ideas for Mother’s Day might consider the importance of products formulated to meet the needs of aging skin, says Dianna Malkowski, physician assistant, nutritionist and professional adviser for The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of home health care products and caregiver resource.
“As we age, skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner, making it prone to injury and infection,” says Malkowski. “Following a regimen designed to meet the needs of aging skin, especially for those managing incontinence, is important for overall health.”
1. A cleansing routine must be gentle yet effective cleansing, especially for those managing incontinence. Cleansing should be followed by gently patting with a clean, dry towel. Cleansing options include soothing lotions and foams, antimicrobial products and no-rinse cleaners.
2. Senior skin needs daily moisture replenishment. Dry skin can crack and chafe, letting in infection-causing bacteria, especially on skin exposed to urine or stool. Moisturizers should be alcohol-free and made with protein-rich ingredients that absorb quickly.
3. Aging skin has special protection and treatment needs. It’s important to protect skin from perspiration and urine with a breathable moisture barrier. Problem skin may require products with natural oils that help skin re-establish its outer layer.
“Because our skin is a reflection of our habits, it’s important to maintain overall good health through proper nutrition, exercise, drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen,” Malkowski says.
Visit The CareGiver Partnership’s Skin Care page, or call 1-800-985-1353 for help choosing the right products and to learn how to get free, fast shipping on Mother’s Day gifts. Or visit our blog to read more articles of interest to seniors and caregivers.
Dianna Malkowski is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and Mayo Clinic trained nutritionist specializing in diabetes, cancer, wound healing, therapeutic diets and nutrition support. She serves on the board of professional advisers for The CareGiver Partnership and enjoys working with patients and caregivers alike.