Reaching your 60s and 70s comes with many major changes. One of which is the look and appearance of your skin. As you age, your skin slowly becomes thinner and drier. This, along with loss of elasticity, leaves you more prone to spots, wrinkles, and bruises. While this change is inevitable, there are many things you can do to delay and minimize these changes.
Ready to upgrade your skincare routine? Here are some changes you can make today to counteract the effects of time and leave your skin feeling great!
Stop Using Drying Agents
We may have grown up using bar soaps and bath brushes, but those products no longer serve you. There are a few everyday items and habits that can be drying your skin, such as:
- Bar soaps: Bar soaps can make your skin feel dry due to a higher pH and detergents. Replace it with cream-based cleansers or emollient.
- Fragrances: Fragrances can be found everywhere, from bath products to skincare. While they may smell fabulous, it may cause skin irritation. Opt for fragrance-free products, or all-natural fragrances as an alternative. :
- Bath brush or loofahs: Avoid anything that can be rough on your skin. Use a soft washcloth instead.
- Heat or air conditioning: As grateful as we are about being able to regulate temperatures indoors, these machines can suck the moisture out of the air. Counteract this by using a humidifier.
We must protect our skin thoroughly at any age, and it’s more important than ever in your 60s. Here are some habits and must-haves you should incorporate into your routine for maximum protection.
If you’re active and do many household tasks, such as cooking, crafting, or gardening, you know how common cuts and bruises are. Since you’re more prone to damage and irritation, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to invest in gloves. It should protect your hands from chemicals, UV rays, and possible bumps and bruises you’d experience throughout the day.
Use Sunscreen and UV-resistant Clothing
By now, you already know the importance of protecting yourself from the sun. Now. it’s time to add more accessories that can both be fashionable and effective against sun damage. Stay in the cool shade while you’re out on a sunny day, and double down on protection by wearing comfortable long sleeves, hats, and sunglasses.
Not sure if your clothing will protect you from the sun? Hold the fabric up to the light. If you can see the sunlight shine through it, it won’t protect you from UV radiation.
Dry skin is one of the most common challenges we face after the age of 60. Our skin doesn’t produce as much natural oils, so we have to make up for it. Stock up your nightstand with all-natural hydrating products including:
- Creamy moisturizing cleansers for sensitive skin
- Serums that contain antioxidants
- Daytime moisturizers with an SPF of at least 30
- Nighttime facial creams with peptides and retinol for overnight hydration and repair
Bonus tip: keep your baths short, and instead of drying off completely, leave your skin damp and apply lotion. It allows your skin some more moisture and makes the most out of your bath. Apply your lotions throughout the day and before bed for the best results.
Most importantly, don’t forget to drink water! Meet your daily recommended water intake by drinking water and clear liquids throughout the day. That way, you’ll feel fresh and hydrated both inside and out.
See a Dermatologist
No amount of products and skincare routines can replace the care of medical experts. While skin checks are recommended at any age, the risk of skin cancer increases after 50. Check to see if your Medicare Advantage plan offers dermatology coverage. A board-certified dermatologist can do an annual check and catch any concerning spots early on.
You can achieve soft and healthy skin no matter what age you are. All it takes is the right lifestyle, products, and consistency to keep up with your body’s needs. Taking care of yourself isn’t about trying to look younger – it’s about embracing your age and adopting the self-care that you deserve.