I get asked the above question many times and I always advise the same "as we age are skin is unable to hold as much moisture an oils as it once could, we must cream on a regular basis to maximise our skins health benefits and stop future issues such as ulcers and dryness" as you may understand there is a huge amount of science behind this and i do not have time to go through this with all my customers, please feel free to read on for a bit more of an explanation:
With aging, the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins, this is why is may be easier to damage skin and bleeding to occur, even though the number of cell layers remains unchanged.
The number of pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) decreases. Aging skin looks thinner, paler, and clear (translucent). Large pigmented spots, including age spots, liver spots, or lentigos, may appear in sun-exposed areas. these may not be nice to look at but is part of the ageing process such as wrinkles and baldness (One day w may have a cure for all)
Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin's strength and elasticity. The blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile. This leads to bruising, bleeding under the skin (often called senile purpura), cherry angiomas, and similar conditions.
Sebaceous glands produce less oil as you age and this is why creaming is so important on a daily basis, reducing dryness and itchiness.
The subcutaneous fat layer thins so it has less insulation and padding. This increases your risk of skin injury and reduces your ability to maintain body temperature in order to resolve this a warming cream may be used to provide the oil we have lost and to add the benefit of warming sensation this is because you have less natural insulation,
As you age, you are at increased risk for skin injury. Your skin is thinner, more fragile, and you lose the protective fat layer. You also may be less able to sense touch, pressure, vibration, heat, and cold.
Rubbing or pulling on the skin can cause skin tears. we must therefore and most importantly look after this precious organ and one way to do this is to add a cream best suited to the individual needs on a daily basis
Skin disorders are so common among older people that it is often hard to tell normal changes from those related to a disorder. More than 90% of all older people have some type of skin disorder.
Skin disorders can be caused by many conditions. please have a look at our foot cream range to help reduce these disorders.