As men get older, their bodies go through a number of changes. One of the most noticeable is the changes that occur to a man’s skin. Aged skin tends to look thinner and paler, and also have more wrinkles than younger skin.

Some of these changes are inevitable. But you have some real control over the extent to which you experience them. Taking care of your skin can do wonders for its appearance. Doing so is also an important part of looking after your overall health. Keep reading to learn more.

Skincare Basics

Every man (especially older ones) should have a basic skincare routine that they follow each day. Yours doesn’t need to take more than 15 minutes.

To start, you should be washing your face every night before you go to bed. This seems obvious, but at least one recent study found that 3-out-of-4 men don’t do this. When you do wash your face, make sure that you’re not doing it with soap. Instead, use a facial cleanser that matches your skin type for the best results.

It’s also a good idea to get into the habit of putting on a moisturizer during the morning and at night. These include important vitamins like A, C, and E. Daytime moisturizers also include sunscreen, which will protect your skin from melanoma, sunburns, and even skin cancer.

Simply washing your face at night and applying moisturizer twice daily will do wonders for your skin.

How Skincare Changes as We Age

Dermatologists recommend that older men make several changes to their skincare routines as they age. This starts with the way you bathe. You should stop using bar soap and hot water, as both will dry out your skin. Replace these with a gentle cleanser and warm water to keep your skin looking its best.

You also need to start doing more to protect your skin from the sun. That means wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher each day. It also means staying in the shade when outdoors as often as possible and wearing clothing articles, such as hats, that protect you from the sun when you’re outdoor for an hour or more.

Check for Signs of Skin Cancer

Your risk of developing skin cancer increases by the time you turn 50 and continues going up as you get older. It’s important that you get proactive about this. You can check for signs of skin cancer yourself, but you should also get into the habit of visiting a dermatologist for regular skin cancer screenings.

Experts recommend that older adults visit their dermatologist as often as they visit their dentist. Doing this is the best way to keep yourself safe from skin cancer and is also an important part of ensuring that your skin looks and feels its best.

Medicare Coverage for Skincare

Original Medicare provides coverage for dermatology services that have been deemed medically necessary. But you can also get routine dermatology services, such as regular check-ups, covered by certain Medicare Advantage plans.

If you’d like to learn more about your skincare coverage options under Medicare, then get in touch with a partnered licensed agent through Time for 65 today. You can do so by either filling out this form or giving us a call.