Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! This is just one of many skin care tips for older women that we like to follow. Others swear by coconut oil or argan oil, a celebrity brand with unintelligible ingredients or just simple soap.
Shouldn’t Skin Care Tips for Older Women Focus on Healthy Skin, Not Younger Skin
Most women in general, but particularly over 60, are concerned about the onset of an “aging” appearance. These women want to have “younger-looking” skin to match the eternal youth brand machine they are exposed to every day.
But wouldn’t it be great if instead of talking about “younger looking skin,” we could focus on having “healthy skin” at any age?
Here are a few skin care tips for how women over 60 can achieve healthier skin – and feel better!
Don’t Try to Look “Younger”
Someone who writes about the true meaning of beauty after age 60 is Cindy Joseph, an inspiring baby boomer fashion model and make-up expert. Cindy Joseph talks a lot about the importance of using natural products to help women over 60 look and feel great at any age – not by using expensive and (often) ineffective chemical treatments to try to achieve “younger looking skin.”
As women over 60, we need to embrace the power that we have and say goodbye to the old-fashioned notion that all women should constantly try to look “younger.” Instead, let’s embrace the beauty, character and honesty that are embedded in our faces.
We are who we are – 60 and proud! With that attitude firmly in place, there are some practical things that can be done!
Stay Out of the Sun
Sun damage is one of the leading causes of wrinkled, spotted skin. Try to limit your sun exposure, wear hats and use sunblock. A lot of sun damage doesn’t become fully apparent until later in life – but it’s never “too late” to make a difference in the health of your skin by reducing your sun exposure. Using sunblock and avoiding excessive sun can also reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it is “too late” to start caring about sunblock. If you are in your 60s, you probably have 20-30 more years on this amazing planet. That’s a long time for the decisions that you make not to come back to haunt you!
Wash Your Face Before Sleep
Dry skin is one of the most common challenges for women over 60, because people’s skin tends to become drier as we lose oil glands when we get older. One of the best ways to reduce dry skin is to wash your face every night before bed – but don’t use soap, as soap will pull away the natural oils from your skin that are needed to keep your skin healthy. Drink lots of water as well!
Aside from all the other health benefits of giving up smoking, if you are a smoker, you probably have more wrinkles than other people your same age who do not smoke. Try to stop. If you need help to quit smoking, this article has some excellent resources.
Don’t Soak Too Long in the Tub
A hot bath can be a great way to relax – but if you spend too long in the bathtub, you might be drying out your skin. If you love a long and leisurely bath, use some lovely bath oil or lather on some body moisturizer when you get out of the bath when you skin is still a little damp.
Use Natural Products
Many skin care products are packed with chemicals and heavily processed ingredients. You can often get better results with natural skin care products that contain herbs, or even coconut oil or olive oil. The same ingredients that can be healthy in the kitchen can also help you achieve healthier skin.
Give Your Skin the Nutrition it Needs
As I mentioned in a previous article, our skin has unique nutritional needs. Beyond the usual advice of eating a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, there are several specific foods that can help you to achieve naturally radiant skin. Some of my favorites include dark chocolate (over 70% cacao), coconut oil and red bell peppers. See the full list of foods in my skin care over 60 nutrition article.
Instead of trying to look “younger,” women over 60 can look great and feel better by accepting who we are and by living life as the vibrant, comfortable, and strong people that we are.
BY MARGARET MANNING Via sixtyandme