ACHIEVING YOUTHFUL-LOOKING SKIN IN YOUR 60S AND BEYOND….
Skincare concerns during your 60’s and the following decades don’t drastically change, so my advice is grouped for these years. Top skincare concerns from age 60+ include sagging, coarser skin, increased discolouration, lines, lack of moisture and many women are still finding those pesky blackheads an issue.
So here are my top skincare recommendations for those in the bloom of their lives:
Regularly Exfoliate to Improve Skin Texture and Improve Product Absorption.
Use a good exfoliating cleanser to get rid of those dead skin cells that have been building up layers and contributing to blocked pores, thickened, lined and dull skin. Lookout for glycolic or lactic acid ingredients in cleansers. Glycolic Acid is going to shed those dead skin cells allowing new skin to come through, in a matter of a couple of weeks you should start to look fresher and younger.
If blackheads and open pores are your issue, then keep an eye open for salicylic acid as your main ingredient in a cleanser. Better still have a look at JL Exfoliating Cleanser which contains glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid.
Put a gentle skin scrub into your routine twice a week. Best to do in the evening after you have cleansed.
How to tighten and firm your skin
Sagging skin with a coarser texture is hard to totally eliminate without resorting to cosmetic surgery. But there are terrific ingredients that will help you to gain firmer and tighter skin. Using serums with lots of peptides to signal collagen building. Put peptide infused serums onto clean skin and let the serum fully absorb before applying moisturiser.
Step 2 in tightening and firm your skin is to use a vitamin C serum. This is going to help stimulate the fibroblasts that make collagen.
Brighten Up The Discolouration
Dark spots and an uneven skin tone become more obvious with age and you should look for ingredients that help to suppress the overproduction of melanin. My favourite ingredient to help this is vitamin C and look for L-ascorbic acid which is the purest and some think the best form of vitamin C in skincare to deliver results.
Stop annoying your skin barrier
Plenty of moisture is the key to the health of your skin. Your skin’s primary function is as a ‘protective barrier’ to pathogens and contains millions of microbe colonies on its surface to help your skin’s immune function. To reduce moisture loss and protect the integrity of your skin barrier, cleanse with a gentle, exfoliating cleanser am and pm with lukewarm water.
Your skin’s surface is made up of fatty acids that protect the skin’s integrity and elasticity and many cleansers, especially good old ‘soap, can rob the skin of this essential component. Don’t forget to pat your face gently dry with a towel, rather than aggressively pulling at your skin – as that could lead to damage.
Moisturise using lotions that contain Hyaluronic Acid which will attract hydration into your skin with its humectant abilities. Apply your moisturiser and then let it absorb for 10 minutes and be aware if your skin still feels dry in areas, then apply another thin layer.
The must-have anti-ageing ingredient
Now is the time to be using a good Retinol cream and look out for one that contains moisturisers. Reason being that retinol can dry up the skin so we want to use one that contains moisturisers and also only use this product at night after cleansing. Retinol delivers Vitamin A to the skin which speeds up the skin cell renewal which is going to make your skin look and feel younger. Vitamin A also makes skin cells healthy and function well. It also normalises the oil production in those of you with oily/combination skins.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
The sun degrades collagen, causing lines and deep wrinkles. So hang on to your collagen by using an SPF 30 every single day on the bits of skin that are exposed. Look out for Zinc Oxide as this ingredient in sunscreens is going to deflect the harmful UV rays, keeping your collagen fibres intact :)