Winter is here and that means cold winds, wet days and dry skin. It's something that everyone needs to be aware of when prepping your home in your retirement community to stay warm and cosy.

For those in their senior years, it can be more difficult for your body to naturally support your skin's moisture barrier. There's less production of collagen and elastin, which can also cause dryness.

So, what can you do to look after the health of your skin?

Drinking enough water is the best way to supplement your hydration levels.Drinking enough water is the best way to supplement your hydration levels.

Boost your water intake

Hydration starts with consuming adequate water. Its' an essential part of life, helping to maintain healthy functioning of our body's systems. For those in retirement living, enough water can lubricate your joints, which affects mobility and movement as you go about your day in the community.

To ensure you consume enough water on a regular basis, try having a glass or two with every meal. Having enough vegetables and fruits in your diet can also help to boost your hydration levels.

The positive results will manifest physically in your skin, while internally, ensuring that your body performs its best.

Feeling sleepy? Drink up!

Winter means harsh dry winds that attack our exposed skin whenever we venture out of our retirement home. It saps our moisture, leaving rough, chapped skin.

It's important you replace this moisture that is lost, through eating healthy, drinking more water and using the right skincare products.

Maintaining optimum hydration levels can also pump up our energy levels. When short on water in our system, our muscles can shrink, which inhibits every day small tasks so we feel more lethargic and tired.

This can also impact our mood, because having a slow, off day can make us grumpy, irritated and frustrated. Keep your body happy by quenching your thirst.

Feeling tired? A glass of water can help to perk you up.Feeling tired? A glass of water can help to perk you up.

Down with digestion problems

A healthy diet is nothing without proper digestion – it's like clogging up the waste disposal in your kitchen sink with organic foods when it's unable to process food.

Your digestion system needs to be able to make the most of the healthy nutrients you feed it, and can perform at its best when your hydration levels are up. It points to a good metabolism, needed to eliminate all the nasties in your system to prevent illness and lethargy.

There's an abundance of physical activities in and around your retirement community, so to be able to make the most of them, such as a regular game of golf or trip down to your local shopping centre, you want to keep your hydration levels up for not just health, but enjoyment of the little things.

The importance of staying hydrated as a senior