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Aging Skin

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Q: I'm finding that my skin is getting more fragile and dry with every year. Winter is especially harsh on my tender skin.

I've resorted to showering less frequently, which has helped. On the other hand, I don't feel clean, and I worry that people are judging me.

What's the best way to stay clean?

A: Bodily changes are a natural part of aging, but they sure can be irritating and frustrating! There are ways for you to stay clean and take care of your skin.

Look for soaps specifically designed for aging skin. Check the label for shea butter, which is especially helpful.

Apply lotion regularly, especially to your hands, elbows and knees.

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To maintain your hygiene between showers, apply deodorant regularly and use dry shampoo on your hair.

Although bathing less frequently may be a good idea, there's no need to feel self-conscious! -- Doug

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