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Tips to take care of the skin at 60

It is true that aging is a process that simply cannot be prevented. Some signals and signs appear more slowly and smoothly, while others can be so obvious that it is necessary to treat them at the root. In most cases, carrying out more or less early attention with the use of topical treatments may be sufficient, thus becoming the first option, which is characterized by being natural and recommended, especially when we pass the decade. from 20 to 30. But what happens when we reach 60 years? How can we continue to care for our skin to at least try to delay natural aging as much as possible?

You may know that our natural aging (that is, our body’s natural aging process), at least to some extent, is influenced and determined by genetics. And not only because of genetics, but also because of our ethnic origin, because of continued exposure to the sun, especially without using proper protection, and what we do -and don’t do- to take care of our skin.

According to most experts in this regard, the most obvious changes that tend to occur in our skin as we age are: a much darker pigmentation (together with the appearance of spots), less elasticity of the skin, changes in pore size, more pronounced fine lines, and a thinning of both muscle and fat, especially in the facial area.

Especially when they turn 40, menopause can become a determining factor, which ends up amplifying the signs of aging for women to the maximum. For example, changes in estrogen levels can lead to much drier skin.

While the loss of collagen, so common and habitual from this age, can lead to the skin becoming more flaccid, especially in certain areas of the face, such as around the eyes (increasing the appearance of dark circles) and the mandible. On the other hand, years of sun exposure don’t exactly tend to help much, as its signs can end up resurfacing as a rough texture, as well as sun spots.

The use of topical treatments (among which fundamentally vitamin C and retinoids stand out) are of special importance after the age of 50, since they help soften and smooth rough and dry skin. Some experts recommend trying what is known as derma rolling, a roller that can help in a very positive way when it comes to raising the amount of collagen easily at home.

Derma rolling is a device that has a series of microneedles that, when applied to the skin, creates a small “injury”, which then helps the production of elastin and collagen increase, improving fixed wrinkles and scars. while reducing hyperpigmentation and rejuvenating the skin. Of course, it is necessary to be careful with the sterilization process, since it can increase the risk of unnecessary infections.

Nor can we forget something fundamental: sunscreen, since it is still essential to protect our skin from the action of ultraviolet rays. So it is best to opt for a sunscreen with an SPF protection index of at least 50.

But, what other things can we do when we have turned 60? We propose some simple tips that will help you in a very positive way when it comes to taking care of your skin at 60.

Useful tips to take care of the skin from the age of 60

From the age of 60, one of the most obvious and notable changes is the loss of fat from the skin, which ends up translating into weight loss. Fortunately, the various topical treatments can provide some help in diminishing fine lines, dark circles and hyperpigmentation, and achieving better texture firmness.

Use sunscreen every day

If there is a basic beauty rule, possibly the most important and outstanding is the use of a good quality sunscreen, especially daily. And it is that nothing damages the skin more than exposure to the sun. It becomes, in fact, the number one cause of wrinkles, dark spots, and even worse, skin cancer.

Here’s the catch: Not all sunscreens are obviously created equal. Since everything will depend on our skin type. However, regardless of whether or not we have dark skin, it is essential to choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 50, and always choose one that is capable of blocking UVA and UVB rays.

And what does FPS mean? It basically consists of the Sun Protection Factor (FPS or SPF), whose value we find in all sunscreen and sunscreen containers, and which acts by multiplying the time in which our skin could be exposed to the sun once we have applied the product. Although everything will depend on the type of skin we have…

Very light skin, known as phototype 1, can withstand the sun without burning for up to 10 minutes. Therefore, a cream with a sun protection factor of 30 (SPF 30), will multiply by 30 the time that the same person could be exposed to the sun, once the protector or sunscreen has been applied. That is to say, it could stay in the sun for around 300 minutes, without getting burned.

In the case of type 2 skin, which can withstand 20 minutes in the sun without burning, when an SPF 50 cream is applied, it could remain exposed to the sun for at least 1,000 minutes without burning. Mind you, as many dermatologists agree, sunscreens with an SPF above 50 actually provide only a small increase in UV protection, and tend to last the same amount of time as slightly lower SPFs.

Obviously, it is about theory, because everything is a little more complicated. Did you know that there are different factors that can negatively influence the -real- effectiveness of the protection of many sun creams? Perspiration, contact with water (even when the cream is supposedly “water resistant”), the effect of friction with clothing or contact with the beach sand itself. Hence, it is essential to reapply the cream to the skin again at least every 2 hours.

The amount of sun cream you apply is also essential. Many people make the mistake of applying a light or thin layer to their skin. What’s more, they don’t usually affect certain parts of the body that tend to burn more easily, so in the end it’s as if they just didn’t do anything. According to dermatologists, it is essential to apply at least 2 millimeters of cream for every 2 square centimeters of skin.

The moment in which you apply the cream is equally essential. Many tend to do it only when they are on the beach or in the pool, but it is a mistake. Given that sun filters and creams must be absorbed by the deepest layers of our skin, so that their effect is ultimately as complete as possible, it is essential to apply the cream at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. This necessarily means that we must apply the cream before leaving home.

The best? Use an SPF of at least 30, and always choose a “broad spectrum” sunscreen or sunscreen. There are two types of UV light, which can end up damaging the skin: UVB and UVA. This means that a broad spectrum protector protects us from the negative and harmful action of both.

UVB rays can burn the skin, while UVA rays directly influence its premature aging, causing age spots and wrinkles. Also, both ultraviolet rays are known to cause skin cancer.

On the other hand, it is also essential that you follow the advice that we propose below:

  • Use it always, regardless of whether the day is cloudy, rainy or sunny. UV rays are capable of passing through the cloud cover, so it is essential to get used to using sunscreen on a daily basis. And don’t worry, it won’t clog your pores, as long as, of course, you cleanse your face properly every night.
  • Reapply throughout the day. And if, in addition, you plan to sunbathe, it is convenient to renew it at least every two hours.
  • Also apply a little on your hands. Did you know that many dermatologists are able to determine the age of a person, especially a woman, simply by looking at their hands?

Don’t forget that sun damage to the skin is cumulative; that is, it accumulates over time. Therefore, even today it is still important to protect it with a good sunscreen or sunscreen.

Use proper moisturizers and cleansers

Although it all depends on the type of skin you have, it is essential to choose moisturizers, cleansers and a skin care routine specially formulated according to your skin type.

For example, if you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to always start by testing products on your arm or neck before using them. Luckily, if you have oily skin, studies show that people with oily skin tend to develop fewer wrinkles. Likewise, this does not mean that it is not equally important to moisturize your skin, and take care of it.

Regardless of this, it is also possible that you have been able to notice how, as you get older, the skin becomes drier. The truth is that as we age the skin suffers a natural slowdown in cell turnover and oil production. In women it becomes even more evident after menopause. Although the choice of the best moisturizer will depend directly on the type of skin you have.

Suitable moisturizers if you have dry skin

You probably know that dry skin tends to be much more affected by the weather conditions of autumn and winter, when cold, dry air, and the air outside and the warm air inside the house, combine with each other to leave the damaged and dry skin. When it occurs, this type of skin is always scaly, without luminosity or shine, which indicates a clear need for hydration.

For this type of skin, it is best to opt for more powerful creams and gels that contain moisturizing ingredients, such as lanolin, ceramides, hyaluronate or shea butter. It is essential not only to use a day moisturizer, but also a night cream, to guarantee maximum hydration.

And never forget something fundamental: it is not advisable to use a day cream also for the night. Why? Very simple: the most common is that night creams also contain certain active ingredients that allow the skin to recover after the damage of day to day.

Suitable moisturizers if you have oily skin

Perhaps there is nothing more annoying than having oily skin, since it always appears bright and luminous. Which can make you always looking for a bit of paper to dry off, and touching up your makeup from time to time.

You may be worried about adding a moisturizing product to your beauty routine, especially if you think it will only make the problem worse. But you should not worry, it does not have to be this way if you choose the most recommended option for your skin type.

Since oily skin is characterized by producing a greater amount of additional oil, due to dryness, in reality that extra hydration contribution does the opposite: if you use the right type, you will reduce that amount of fat or oil.

The best? Choose light or light moisturizers, and that do not contain fat or oil. Those creams with hyaluronic acid in serum or serum, gel or lotion formulas can guarantee correct and adequate hydration, while preventing the overproduction of fat.

Suitable moisturizers if you have sensitive skin

As with combination skin, finding the right moisturizer when you have sensitive skin can be equally difficult. Sometimes, it is possible to use a product that you thought was suitable, but after a few minutes, you realize that the skin has begun to become irritated, emerging redness, itching or inflammation.

In case you have sensitive skin, or suffer from any type of skin condition, such as allergies, eczema (atopic dermatitis) or rosacea, it is best to choose only products that help treat and calm sensitivity. Avoid products with alcohol (although, it’s true, moisturizers don’t usually contain it), without fragrances, and avoid those that use any sunscreen ingredient other than titanium or zinc. Choose to look for creamy and smooth moisturizers that contain one hundred percent natural ingredients.

Of course, do not forget the essentials: even when it is a cream specifically designed for use on sensitive skin, remember to try the product as a patch on the skin.

Suitable moisturizers if you have combination skin

When you have combination skin, it is very common that the task of trying, at least, to find a suitable facial moisturizer becomes very difficult. And it is that you probably already know that, when your skin is combination, dry patches are usually combined with oily spots… Hence, trying to at least find a suitable cream is complicated.

The most appropriate in this sense is to opt for a light moisturizer, and apply it concentrating it only on those areas of the skin where you need it most. Then, apply a moisturizer only to the areas that usually appear drier, such as the cheeks and jawline, and to a lesser extent on the so-called T-zone of the face, which can be slightly oilier.

And in the case of the cleaner? Which one to use according to the type of skin we have?

As we have already explained to you in a few moments, washing your face becomes the first step of any skin care routine. In short, it is something absolutely impossible to forget (and to omit). Of course, the type of facial cleanser you use is very important, as much or more as choosing a suitable product according to your skin type.

And why is it so important? Keep in mind that any makeup you have applied, the natural oils of our skin, the use of sunscreens, environmental pollutants, dirt or even the residue of cleansers… tend to accumulate on the surface of the skin over time. throughout the day.

In fact, both the best way to cleanse your face and the product you use to do it tend to vary from person to person, since each individual’s skin is different. For this reason, it is essential to know the different types of cleansers that you can currently find on the market, to know which one is more suitable for your skin type. Take note:

  • Gel cleansers. They are moisturizing products with a light consistency. It helps to remove the lightest makeup, hydrates the skin and, in addition, leaves it as fresh as possible. It is useful for normal, sensitive (prone to acne or redness), oily or combination skin.
  • Light foaming cleansers. They are ideal for deep cleansing the skin. In fact, they are often capable of removing most types of makeup, softening the skin while thoroughly cleansing it. It is useful for people with oily (acne-sensitive) or combination skin.
  • Oil-based cleaners. It is especially useful for removing heavier makeup; or when you want to cleanse your skin twice. That is, it is ideal for carrying out a double cleanse, using an oil-based cleanser first, followed immediately by a light cream or lotion, foam or gel cleanser. In short, it helps to quickly remove makeup, leaving it soft and supple.  This type of cleanser is ideal for normal, sensitive, dry and combination skin, and although in theory it is suitable for any skin type, if you have oily skin it is advisable to try it before using it daily.
  • Cleansers in lotion or cream form. They have a silky texture, and help moisturize the skin while you apply it. They are useful for removing most makeup, but if you are using waterproof makeup, you may need to use a separate makeup remover.
  • Micellar water. It is a revolutionary skin cleansing product where you don’t even need to rinse your skin with water to remove it. Of course, it works better when you apply it within a double facial cleansing, as a first step.
  • Cleaning wipes. If you prefer, choose to cleanse your skin quickly, without having to rinse or wash your face. They can, in fact, become an efficient and excellent cleaning method, but it is not recommended to use them daily.

Basic care with dry skin

If you have noticed that you have dry (or very dry) skin lately, it is advisable to try to keep it in the best possible condition, cleaning it with suitable products that do not remove moisture from the skin. It is also suitable to use a scrub. But what is even more important is to keep your skin properly hydrated throughout the day.

Here are some other useful tips to prevent the skin on your face from drying out:

  • Avoid using hot water. This will only end up stripping the oils from the skin. Instead, substitute hot or very hot water for lukewarm water, or you can even choose to avoid water and cleanse your skin with the help of a cold cleansing cream.
  • Use a creamy cleanser, specially formulated for dry skin.
  • In the morning, under your makeup, or at night, you can choose to apply a thick, moisturizing cream and oil, as they are ideal for retaining moisture.
  • Consider investing in a cosmetic product that contains hyaluronic acid, an element with anti-aging qualities, which helps the skin better absorb and retain moisture. And, in addition, it fills the skin.
  • Try to exfoliate your skin weekly. If you have dry skin, you may also have flaky skin. If so, it is best to exfoliate at least once or twice a week. Then you can use a wet washcloth and a little coconut oil.
  • When it comes to keeping the rest of the body hydrated (indeed, we shouldn’t forget the rest of the skin), you should opt for creamier body soaps. And, then, after the shower, it is essential to hydrate. You can choose to use pharmacy creams, or oils.

Exfoliation is also very important

Although we have already told you about this basic beauty process in the previous section, we wanted to expose it in an individual section because it is also a fundamental basic element.

And it is that, as we age, the exfoliation of the skin is equally essential. In fact, as many experts believe, the outermost layer of skin is actually a collection of dead skin, which thickens as we age. So if you want to enjoy fresher skin, you need to exfoliate it at least every week.

Obviously, you should exfoliate both your face and body weekly, and a little more often (twice a week) if your skin becomes dry, itchy, and flaky, which can increase especially during the cold winter months.

A basic recommendation in this regard is to use a dry brush to exfoliate before bathing, which can help the moisturizer to be applied much better, and is more easily absorbed.

For the face, it is best to opt for a good facial scrub. While face masks may not be a must, they can help leave skin feeling even more amazing as they deeply cleanse and hydrate skin. You can buy them at pharmacies, department stores, or specialty stores, or make your own homemade facial scrub recipes.

Also use eye contour creams

Did you know that the first signs of aging usually appear in the area around the eyes? The truth is that the skin around the eyes is extremely thin, and it tends to get even thinner as we age.

A good eye cream can be extremely useful, as they are specially formulated to be applied to this most sensitive area of ​​the face. However, in case you don’t have one, you can opt for a facial moisturizer.

Always wash your face before going to sleep

As we have explained in the previous sections, dry skin becomes one of the most common challenges for women over 60 years of age. Why? Very simple: people’s skin tends to get extremely dry as we lose sebaceous glands, which happens especially when we age.

Luckily, one of the best ways to reduce dry skin is to wash your face every night before you go to bed. Of course, it is not recommended to use soap, since the soap will only end up eliminating the natural oils, so essential to keep the skin healthy.

Drink water!

Maintaining adequate hydration is essential, not only when it comes to helping our body function properly, but also to ensure that the skin is properly hydrated.

Therefore, try to drink water every day. And as many nutritionists believe, a minimum amount of glasses of water to drink each day should not really be indicated, but the key is to stay properly hydrated, and not wait until we are thirsty, because thirst is only a symptom of we are already dehydrated.

The best? Combine the consumption of water with natural fruit juices, infusions and natural teas. And, above all, try to always have a bottle of fresh water on the bedside table. In this way, every time we see it, it will “invite” us to drink more.

Give up tobacco

There is nothing worse for the health of the skin, and for the health in general, than  smoking. Why? Very simple: if you smoke, you are likely to have more wrinkles compared to other people your same age who do not smoke. So try to quit.

But they are not entirely sufficient when it comes to combating the flaccidity that usually arises as a result of the loss of volume in the face. Fortunately, there are some less invasive options, such as the ultrasound therapy known as Ultherapy.

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