Our youth-obsessed culture distorts attitudes to ageing skin
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.
- 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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