When you've reached your 60's 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, and achieving 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 a woman 60 years old and older, you notice more sagging, dark spots, crow’s feet, 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, 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 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 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 professional skin care for aging skin (including the best moisturizers you can find for older women), drink lots of water, exercise, get lots of sleep. Perhaps think of investing in a good humidifier. And, maybe, put on a little weight. The French actress Catherine Deneuve famously said some years ago that there comes a time when women have to choose between their figures and their face. As we age, we lose much of the fat under the skin of our cheeks, temples, chin, nose, and eye area. Extra pounds can keep our faces looking younger. It’s food for thought.
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 with a foamy cleanser 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, make sure you use a rich oil cleanser that leaves skin hydrated and dewy.
*My picks are Agave Nectar or Clementine Oil and Green Tea Milk Wash both from Farmhouse Fresh.
Toner is an essential step - not only to complete the cleansing process but also to further reduce the signs of aging and keep the skin looking fresh. Combat the appearance of sagging skin by following up your gentle wash with a tightening and hydrating toner.
*My picks are Watermelon Mint Hydrating Toner from Farmhouse Fresh, Cucumber Hydration Toner from Skin Script and Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic from Farmhouse Fresh.
Gently and regularly sloughing off dead skin cells helps your skin absorb moisturizers better because they don’t have to battle through that extra layer of tough dead skin. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Use a gentle scrub or a creamy one with alpha hydroxy acids in it 2-3 times per week. Not only does exfoliation reduce visible signs of aging, it firms up the skin too.
*My picks are Sand Your Ground and Pudding A Peel both from Farmhouse Fresh.
The masking step is your secret weapon to improving the appearance of aging, using natural and botanical ingredients. Look for ingredients to reduce puffiness, to hydrate and tighten the skin.
*My picks are Guac Star Avocado Mask and Mighty Tighty Banana Mask both from Farmhouse Fresh.
Peptides can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and collagen improves the look of your skin’s elasticity. And we can't forget the powerhouse of retinol for improving the skin's texture.
*My picks are All Night Elixir and Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum both from Sorella Apothecary.
If there’s one thing you should do every day for your skin, it should be moisturizing. Moisturize a lot and do it right after showering and bathing to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Some of the best face creams for over 60 will contain hyaluronic acid, a fantastic hydrating ingredient, and if the moisturizer includes SPF to prevent further sun damage, all the better.
*My picks are 3 Milk Moisturizer from Farmhouse Fresh and Prevention+ SPF 50 from Image Skin Care.
Moisturizing before going to bed is a smart way to protect against trans epidermal water loss and lock anti-aging ingredients into the skin while the body is recharging. The best face creams for women over 60 work overnight, containing a natural hydroquinone alternative that targets age spots and hyperpigmentation while natural ingredients like mulberry and licorice root brighten the appearance of the skin.
*My picks are The Balm and Blueberry Milk Moisturizer both from Sorella Apothecary.
Aging takes a toll, especially on the thinner, fragile skin around the eyes. Give the eye area extra special care with rich eye cream that relieves the appearance of dry skin.
*My picks are Yogurt Kale Eye Cream from Sorella Apothecary and Crow Catcher from Farmhouse Fresh.
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.
Article written by Clara Young
WHAT IS SNOW MUSHROOM EXTRACT?
(FOUND IN MAIN SQUEEZE HYDRATING SERUM)
Like hyaluronic acid, it pulls moisture to the skin when applied topically. Snow mushroom can hold up to 500 times its weight in water (half that of its hyaluronic acid counterpart) but it excels because its particles are smaller and can penetrate the skin more easily for intense hydration. Snow mushroom also contains polysaccharides, which, according to this study, are anti-inflammatory and increase the functionality of the skin barrier by preventing water loss.
Provides great hydration for all skin types
Immediately gives skin a plumped feel
Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Provides long term moisture retention without clogging pores
Leaves skin feeling smooth and silky
WHAT IS COGAN GRASS AND LICORICE ROOT?
(FOUND IN POMEGRANATE ACAI ANTIOXIDANT SERUM)
Cogan grass is native to Asia and India provide long term moisturizing benefits. Get 24 hours of moisture without clogging pores. Licorice Root provides Skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients to even skin tone and heal post-breakout pigmentation spots.
Leaves complexion appearing more even
Protects skin against free radicals
Nourishes environmentally damaged skin
Leaves skin appearing smooth and hydrated
It's peel season!
Cooler temperatures and lower UV levels make the fall, winter, and early spring the best time to do a chemical peel.
What is a chemical peel?
Believe it or not, chemical peels have been around since the mid-1800s, chemical peels use acid to break down the top layer, or layers, treating fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and dark spots, and help tighten the skin.
A peel allows your skin to shed off a layer, making room for new, healthier skin. As it sloughs off tired, dull skin cells it stimulates fresh healthy skin, allowing for accelerated cell turnover and gives collagen-making cells a kick start.
There are many types of chemical peels, Skin Diva offers superficial and medium depth.
What will I feel during a peel?
You will most likely feel a prickly or itching sensation with some heat. It will subside and you may experience some redness for 20 minutes to half an hour afterward.
What happens after a peel?
After the service, you will immediately notice an overall brightening and glow to the skin. Not everyone will "peel" in the days to come but rest assured that the acid is penetrating through the skin to make changes. Your skin may feel tight and dry and could be flaky around day 3 as skin is going through the regenerative process.
In the days following a chemical peel, drink lots of water and use a gentle cleanser and hydrating serum or gel, like one that contains hyaluronic acid to help soothe the skin. Staying out of direct sun and wearing a broad-spectrum SPF is imperative as your skin is healing.
A series of 3-6 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart is recommended to achieve desired results as everyone's skin is different.
Progressive Peel Special:
Receive a complimentary application of a hydrating and soothing hydro-jelly mask after EACH peel with the purchase of a series of 3 progressive peels for $200.
Must be purchased by November 30th to get this special.
September is Skin Care Awareness Month.
Here are some steps to get back to the basics of caring for your skin.
Step 1: Assess your skin type and its needs. According to Dr. Lotika Singh of Schweiger Dermatology Group, knowing your skin type is very important when it comes to choosing the right skincare products. “Using products meant for oily skin on sensitive/dry skin can be harsh and irritating. Conversely, using overly hydrating/thick creams may cause breakouts in oily/acne-prone skin,” Dr. Singh said.
Step 2: Check expiration dates, clear your vanity and clean your tools. It’s time we started holding our products and tools to the standard they deserve. Do you know the expiration date of your products? It’s much more serious than a loss of effectiveness—it has the potential to cause unwanted irritation. We know cleaning might not always be a high priority but keeping your vanity clear can help prevent the transfer of bacteria, as will regularly cleaning your tools. Plus, it will help lengthen their lifespans!
Step 3: Understand the benefits of exfoliation. As a general rule of thumb, acne-prone and highly sensitive skin responds very well to chemical exfoliants because they are less likely to cause irritation. If you prefer a physical exfoliant, the best product for you depends a great deal upon the thickness and sensitivity of your skin. According to Gary Goldfaden, M.D., exfoliation, in general, is essential to maintaining smooth skin and keeping wrinkles and discoloration at bay. “Exfoliation is the base of all healthy-looking skin,” Goldfaden said.
Step 4: Apply your products in the proper order. This will ensure that your skin receives the full benefits of each product. For example, if you applied a cream-based product first followed by a serum, the cream’s emolliency would prevent the serum from reaching the skin.
Step 5: Make sure you’re applying the correct quantities. Do you know how much of your beauty and skincare products you should be using? If you’re using too much, you’re not only wasting your money, but you could also potentially be causing damage to your skin!
Article by the Dermstore.
We all know how difficult it can be when you're trying to pack your suitcase for a summer get-away. I usually have to sit on mine to get it zipped while Robby Rob is standing there shaking his head. So to help avoid a bulging carry-on and unnecessary roughness from the TSA because your entire skin care regimen doesn't fit in a 3.4-ounce bottle, here are some simple skin care tips while traveling:
1. Keep It Simple
Pack only the essentials to simplify your skincare routine. Cleanser, Serum, Moisturizer, SPF.
2. Make SPF Your Bestie
This is a crucial step! Overexposed skin increases your skin cancer risk along with issues like brown spots, rough texture and premature wrinkling, no thanks! Look for a broad spectrum sunblock that the active ingredients are titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.
3. Avoid Those Hotel Toiletries
I know how convenient those little face soaps, washes, and lotions can be but they can also wreak havoc on your skin. They can cause dryness and irritation and who wants that? So bring YOUR skin care necessities on vacation with you.
4. Don't Forget To Hydrate
Drink lots of water lovelies! Add slices of fresh fruit for a refreshing boost. Keep hydrated inside and out for a healthy glow!
Have a safe and fun vacation!
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