INSPIRED AGING: BEAUTY WISDOM FOR SENIORS

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By Joey Collado, General Manager at The Montera 

August 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Over time our bodies go through more changes than we might often realize, and our everyday beauty regimens should evolve to work with these changes. As we age our hair, skin and nails have the biggest changes, with hair color fading, skin acquiring wrinkles and age spots, and nails losing some shine and strength. It’s vital to make sure our daily routines are modified to embrace and enhance our changing appearance. While aging will always involve some stress and fear, encouraging your loved one to embrace aging with some beauty tips can help them maintain their mental and physical wellness:

Keep skin happy – skin is one of the first parts of the body to reveal age. This varies person-to-person depending on diet, lifestyle, and genetics, but for seniors tend to have slower cell regeneration and less elasticity. Keeping skin moisturized, wearing sunblock, drinking lots of water and cutting back on showers/baths can keep their skin looking and feeling healthier. 

Maintain luscious locks – hair loses color and can become duller, thinner and more prone to breakage over time. As with aging skin, there are a multitude of reasons for this including medications which can cause dryness and take a toll on the hair. By maintaining a healthy diet, using shampoos that won’t strip away natural oils, and avoiding styles that put too much strain on the hair (ponytails), seniors can help keep their locks looking and feeling healthier.

Nailing nail care – treating elderly parents or grandparents to manicures and pedicures regularly can help boost their overall well-being and self-esteem, and help them feel more comfortable. As we age our nails become more brittle, physically harder to reach (toenails), and more prone to abnormalities.

Working through these beauty tips with your loved one can help ease them into a new and healthier beauty routine. And you don’t have to do it alone! Many assisted living communities have salon and spa staff who are specially trained to help residents maintain their beauty regimen through regular hair, nail and skin appointments. 

About the Author: Joey Collado is the General Manager at The Montera, a San Diego County senior living community offering independent, assisted, memory, dementia and short term stay care. With a passion for helping others, he believes that every individual deserves the highest standards in customer service, and strives to make this happen for Team Members and Residents. Joey brings many years of operational experience and leadership in senior housing, having been with the WESTliving organization in various leadership positions.