Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! That’s just one of the older women’s skincare tips we like to follow. Others swear by coconut or argan oil, celebrity brands with unknown ingredients, or simple soap. To be sure, we all want healthy, glowing skin.
Shouldn’t skin care tips for older women focus on healthy skin rather than younger skin?
Most women, especially those over the age of 60, are concerned about the onset of “aging”. These women want “youthful” skin to match the everlasting youthfulness branding machines they come in contact with every day.
But wouldn’t it be nice if instead of talking about “youthful skin,” we focused on having “healthy skin” at any age?
Here are some skin care tips on how women over 60 can have healthier skin and feel better about themselves!
Don’t try to look “younger.”
Cindy Joseph is an inspiring baby boomer fashion model and makeup expert who writes brilliantly about the true meaning of beauty after 60.
Cindy Joseph sadly passed away in 2018, but she left behind many anti-aging tips, as well as a beauty line for mature women.
She always emphasized the importance of using natural products to help women over 60 look and feel great at any age, rather than trying to get “younger looking skin” through the use of expensive and (often) ineffective chemical treatments.
As women over 60, we need to embrace the power we have and say goodbye to the stereotype that all women should be constantly striving to look ‘younger’. Instead, let’s embrace the beauty, individuality and honesty that lies within our faces.
We’ve all lived beautiful and unique lives, and we should be proud of the way we look – laugh lines and all.
We are who we are – 60 years old and proud of it! With this determined attitude, there are some practical things we can do!
Protect your skin from sun damage
Sun damage is one of the main causes of wrinkled and blotchy skin. Minimize sun exposure, wear hats, and use sunscreen.
Many sun injuries don’t become fully visible until later in life, but it’s never “too late” to improve your skin’s health by minimizing sun exposure. Using sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun exposure can also reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s “too late” to start using sunscreen. If you are in your 60s, you probably have another 20-30 years on this amazing planet. That’s a long time and the decisions you’ve made won’t bother you anymore!
We especially like to use a moisturizer with SPF. This way we don’t forget to apply sunscreen, as the moisturizer we are used to applying every morning already contains sunscreen. L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Sunscreen SPF 30 is one of our favorites at Sixty & Me.
In addition, you can choose a foundation that contains SPF. This step is easy if you use foundation every day. This way you won’t forget to apply sunscreen because it’s already incorporated into the foundation.
This Moisture Surge™ Sheertint Hydrator Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 25 from Clinique is our favorite daily foundation/moisturizer/sunscreen trio.
Wash your face before going to bed
Dry skin is one of the most common challenges faced by women over the age of 60, as oil glands diminish and skin becomes drier as we age.
One of the best ways to minimize dry skin is to wash your face every night before bed, but don’t use soap, which strips away the natural oils in your skin that are needed to keep it healthy. Also drink plenty of water!
Pure Skin Face Wash
Balance Me’s Pure Skin Cleanser thoroughly cleanses the skin without causing irritation. Natural ingredients such as Moringa Oil, Rice Bran Oil and Frankincense help restore skin’s bright glow.
Clinique Take the Day Off™ Microporous Cleansing Wipes for Face and Eyes
If you want an easy way to clean your skin before bed, using a gentle and convenient washcloth is just what you need.
Use facial care products that are suitable for your skin type. Make sure you check the packaging of the facial wash product, which usually states which skin type it is suitable for – oily, dry, sensitive or combination.
Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer or night cream after washing your face.
In addition to the health benefits of quitting smoking, it’s also good for your skin. If you are a smoker, you may have more wrinkles than other non-smokers your age. Try to quit smoking. If you need help quitting smoking, there are many helpful resources you can use.
Some books, such as Alan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking, have been shown to be very effective in kicking the nicotine habit for good.
If quitting is too difficult, consider using nicotine patches and nicotine gum to help you quit. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about developing a plan to get you to quit smoking and get better skin.
Don’t soak in the tub for too long
Taking a hot bath is a great way to relax, but if you soak in the tub for too long, it can dry out your skin. If you prefer a long, leisurely soak, use some lovely bath oils or apply some body moisturizer when you get out of the bath while your skin is still a little damp.