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Our youth-obsessed culture distorts attitudes to ageing skin

Nurses can help to promote a more positive approach to skincare in older people

Nurses can help to promote a more positive approach to skincare in older people

Age spots, dry and thinning skin, itching, more frequent bruising, skin tags, wrinkles – these are just some of the skin changes that we experience as we age.

Sadly, due to a culture obsessed with youth and beauty, older people may not only find such alterations dispiriting but also the object of ageist attitudes.

Close-up on older skin
  • Personally and professionally, avoid perpetuating the myth that older skin is unattractive
  • Try to avoid medicalising older people’s skin
  • Take every opportunity to advise older people on how to keep their skin healthy, for physical and psychosocial well-being
  • Tailor health promotion strategies to meet the needs of older people
  • Consider lifestyle when discussing skincare regimes
  • Suggest the use of products that

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