WEATHERING THE WINTER
According to the National Institute on Aging, “Our skin changes with age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did.” As we get older, bones and veins are often more visible, the Institute points out, while cuts, scratches and bruises can also heal more slowly. If you’ve spent long periods of time out in the sun throughout your life, whether working, sun tanning or because of an active lifestyle, there’s also a higher likelihood that you could develop wrinkles, age spots, dryness and potentially cancer. All of this can be exacerbated by the extremes of winter, and seniors need to take extra care of their vulnerable skin during the coldest months.