When you’ve reached your 60s and beyond, your outlook on life may have shifted from discovering who you are, to knowing and embracing your true self. With these insights in hand, now you have the opportunity to focus on the things that make you happy. But your skin is not as elated as you are about the new milestone you’ve just arrived at. It’s getting dryer and thinner day by day, resulting in a fragile, papery quality. It gets easily irritated these days, turning red and blotchy for seemingly no reason at all. When you run your fingers over it, your skin feels rougher. While you’re pondering the best skin care products for men and women in their 60s and older, you notice more sagging, dark spots, crow’s feet, and fine lines.
Sure, age is to blame for all this, but time is not the only villain — the sun is too. “Exposure to sunlight is one of the major causes for aging skin,” says Eminence Organics Product Support Team Lead Alicia Hawthorne. “It may not have been visible in the earlier years but will show up later in life. It breaks down the elastin fibers causing skin to sag, stretch and lose its ability to bounce back.”
We can’t undo the sun damage that’s been done, but what we can do is protect our skin and put the brakes on deterioration. The first order of the day in skin care over 60 is to wear sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher – everyday.
Other general pieces of advice seem self-evident, and yet we often forget about them: Always source high-quality skin care for aging skin (including the best moisturizers you can find for older people), drink lots of water, keep up with physical exercise, and get plenty of sleep. Perhaps think of investing in a good humidifier which can add moisture to the air.
Now, as to the nitty gritty of a skin care routine for our sixth decade, the key is to be kind to our skin. Be gentle with it, patting it lovingly after you cleanse it. Dry off with luxuriously soft cloths, not abrasive terry cloth, for example. Pampering is important for mature skin. Indulge in the best skin care products you can find for 60 year olds and beyond — here’s what to look for when investing in the best skin care for dry, aging skin.
The first rule of thumb is not to wash your face too often. The fatty acids on your skin are precious and fleeting. Washing too often, especially with hot rather than lukewarm water, chases those fatty acids away when you need them most, and compromises the skin’s moisture barrier. When you cleanse, use an oil cleanser, like the Wildflower Cleansing Balm, to leave your skin feeling hydrated and dewy. You can also use a mild exfoliating cleanser to remove surface debris and smooth the appearance of the skin. One recommendation is the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser that has antioxidant-rich acai berries that improves the look of elasticity in the skin.
Toner is an essential step not only to complete the cleansing process but to reduce the signs of aging with hydration. Combat the appearance of sagging skin by following up your gentle wash with a tightening and hydrating toner. For example, the Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist tones the skin with a pH balancing and nourishing combination of coconut water, neroli oil and coconut milk.
Use a mild chemical peel that includes lactic and glycolic acids. Regularly sloughing off dead skin cells helps active ingredients, which no longer have to battle through that extra layer of tough dead skin and will absorb more easily. Not only does exfoliation reduce visible signs of aging, it firms up the skin too. The Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel offers cotton round pads with a peel solution sourced from grapefruit, acai berry and goji berry. The peel also includes lactic and glycolic acids to reveal smoother-looking skin.
The masking step is your secret weapon to improving the appearance of aging, using natural and botanical ingredients. A treatment like our Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque reduces puffiness, contouring and tightening the skin.
Treat your skin with potent ingredients that help fight the visible signs of aging. Peptides can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and collagen improves the look of your skin’s elasticity, both key anti-aging ingredients in our Marine Flower Peptide Serum. We also recommend another luxurious facial treatment, the Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil, blended from results-oriented actives and ingredients that provide intense hydration and protection.
If there’s one thing those in their 60s should do for their skin it’s moisturizing. Moisturize frequently, and do it right after bathing to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Some of the best face creams for over 60s skin will contain moisturizing and hydrating ingredients like shea butter and hyaluronic acid, and if the moisturizer includes SPF to prevent further sun damage, all the better. The Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 protects and revitalizes skin with vanilla, shea butter and SPF 40 all mineral protection. The Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream is formulated with hibiscus and botanical hyaluronic acid to keep skin looking firm.
Aging takes a toll, especially on the thinner, fragile skin around the eyes. Give the eye area extra special care with rich eye cream, like our Lavender Night Eye Cream, to relieve the appearance of dry skin. The Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream is a triple threat visibly improving the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles.
Cherish your skin at 60 and beyond. Taking time and care with it now will not bring back your youth, but something even better – beauty, grace and pure pleasure in the here and now. Learn more by visiting your nearest Eminence Organics Spa to find out about the availability of consultations, product recommendations, tips for skin care over 60 and in-spa treatments.
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This article was originally written by Clara Young in May 2020.