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Skincare Over 60 And 70: Looking After Your Skin The Right Way

Skin care at every age is super important, but as we get older skin can start to sag as it loses elasticity.  Good skin care for over 60s is vital in keeping skin happy and healthy!

How Does Skin Change At The Age Of 60? 

As our skin ages, it struggles to retain moisture, collagen production slows down and skin begins to sag due to lack of elastin.  Fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and age spots can all appear on the skin as we age, especially if you have been less than clinical at applying SPF in your younger years.

Our once plump and hydrated skin, can sometimes end up looking dull, dry and crepey in appearance. Skin care cannot turn back the clock and give you the skin of a 20 year old (we wish!) but having a good skincare routine in your 60’s and 70’s is a start in leaving skin hydrated and firmer.

How To Look After Your Skin In Your 60s And 70s? 

Below we have some tips and tricks on how to get glowing skin in your 60s and 70s, it’s never too late for a great skin care routine especially one using the right skincare products for ageing!

Using SPF

Using SPF every single day (even in winter) is critical. UV rays are one of the biggest contributors to ageing skin, breaking down and damaging cells. Sun damage can leave skin looking pigmented, dry and uneven if exposed to UV rays but by applying daily SPF, this helps to reduce the signs of ageing in your 60s and 70s and also minimises the risk of skin cancer.

At SKINICIAN we understand it can be a chore to apply a multitude of products every day, which is why we have focused on products with multifunctional uses. Our Advanced Time Delay Day Cream is a daily moisturiser with lots of anti-ageing ingredients and an added bonus of an SPF30 built in.

Moisturizing

As we reach our 60s and 70s, our skin has been through hormonal changes such as Menopause, and skin struggles to retain water in its cells the same way it used to. This leaves skin all over the body feeling drier and possibly even itchy. Applying a daily moisturiser all over your body as part of your skin care over 60 routine, will not only keep the itching at bay, but it will also give skin a daily dose of much needed hydration. Applying your body lotion straight after a shower or bath, helps skin lock in that much needed moisture and will leave skin nourished and brighter.

 

Skin Nutrition

Of course, what we put on our skin is only one part of the solution, when looking after our skin as we enter our 60s, but what we put in our bodies becomes even more important for happy, healthy skin. Eating foods rich in essential fats helps to keep skin nourished as they help build and protect the skin’s natural oil barrier that helps to leave skin hydrated, plumper and looking more youthful.

Eating foods rich in essential fats and proteins can help skin to glow in your 60s and 70s. If you feel your diet is lacking in any essential nutrients, including a dietary supplement can help to ensure your skin is getting all the nutrients it needs.

 

Lifestyle 

Lifestyle also has an impact on how your skin looks in your 60s and 70s, so avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol consumption can also help to leave skin looking brighter. Nicotine and alcohol are known to damage cells and leave skin looking dull, dehydrated and prematurely ages the skin.

Exercise is another great way to keep skin looking healthy, even light exercise for 30 minutes a day can boost endorphin production, boost blood flow and help to nourish vital skin cells. 

Look out for anti-ageing ingredients

Some key ingredients we suggest looking out for in your skincare when entering your 60s and 70s, are ingredients that help to boost collagen production, deeply nourish and hydrate skin and speed up cell turnover rates.


Retinol

Retinol is a super ingredient for ageing skin as it helps to boost cell production, resurfaces skin, increases collagen production and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin C

Another ingredient to look out for is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to promote collagen production, fade pigmentation such as age spots and reduce cell damage caused by UV rays.

 

Skin care Over 60: Your Routine’s DOs And DONTs 

In your 60s and looking for a skin care routine for glowing skin? We have some top tips below to ensure you are getting the best results out of your skin care products.


Do ensure you double cleanse

Ensuring you perform a double cleanse every night is essential for healthy skin. Your first cleanse should remove make-up, SPF and impurities whilst your second cleanse should be to treat any concerns you may have about your skin, such as dry, oily, dull skin.

Do apply a hydrating toner

Applying a hydrating toner straight after cleansing gives skin a boost of hydration whilst soothing and calming the skin.

Don’t use hot water on your  face

When washing your face use lukewarm water instead of hot water. Hot water can leave skin feeling drier, causing discomfort and redness.

Do protect your skin from the sun

Apply a daily SPF on the skin to protect it from UV rays, premature ageing and skin cancer.

Do apply an eye cream

Our first signs of ageing can be found around the eyes, and those lines tend to get deeper as we enter the ages of 60 and 70. Applying a quality eye cream every night will help hydrate and protect the area, leaving it bright and firm.

Don’t over exfoliate the skin

It can be tempting to use different forms of exfoliation on ageing skin, especially if it is dull or dry. Retinol, Facial Scrubs and AHA’s are all great products to use for glowing skin but need to be used sparingly or until skin can tolerate daily use without damaging the skin’s barrier. 

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