Women of a certain age have been neglected by the hyper-youth-obsessed skin care industry for a very long time. Many fail to acknowledge how specialized care for seniors extends to skin care as well. A huge benefit of being in your 60s is celebrating the graceful aging process. But you can appreciate your wrinkles while simultaneously taking better care of your skin as well.
According to March 18, 2022, data on statista.com,
“The global anti-aging market is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8 percent between 2013 and 2019. With the market’s value amounting to 122.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, it is expected to reach 191.7 billion U.S. dollars by 2019.”
Fortunately, recognition for the wellness of seniors in terms of skin care has been growing by the year.
To age gracefully, we need to support our bodies with a natural skincare routine made up of products with natural ingredients, along with incorporating other methods of taking care of our skin.
Moreover, our lifestyle heavily influences the impact on our skin. Let’s look at some natural skin care solutions and tips that are ideally suited for seniors.
Slugging is a term you may have often come across in Tiktok. However, the concept is nothing new since dermatologists have been using this hack for years. This tried and true beauty secret have held up the test of time and works marvelously.
Start incorporating moisturizer into your skincare routine. The best on the market have a blend of emollients and fatty acids that mimic your skin’s lipids. The aim is to pick an occlusive moisturizer that creates a barrier, locking in hydration and subsequently preventing water loss.
A useful tip for this is to apply facial moisturizer in an upward motion and moisturize your skin immediately after a shower or bath to lock in the hydration.
The more your skin matures, the more natural oil production decreases, making it quite dry. The best thing you can do is to avoid drying it out further by cleaning it sparingly and gently. Opt for mild cleansers instead of harsh soaps or alcohol-based products. Additionally, if you wear makeup, use an oil-based cleanser to gently clean the makeup off of your face without stripping it of its natural oils in progress.
An excellent tip is to use warm water instead of hot when washing your face and avoid taking too many baths. If you enjoy relaxing in your bath, avoid bath oils, as they increase the risk of slipping.
Protecting your skin is also about tending to the changes you’re already noticing, like loss of firmness, age spots, wrinkles, and dryness. For firmness, you can enhance your natural collagen production with collagen peptide supplements.
Research states that collagen peptides can support skin elasticity and dermal collagen density. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides have been shown to promote your body’s natural production of collagen and other molecules that the skin comprises, like elastin and fibrillin.
For wrinkles and age spots, look for antioxidants with skin-healthy benefits.
“Managing your stress response is important for your overall health at any age, and your skin health is no exception. Stress leads to surges in the primary stress hormone, cortisol, which not only breaks down collagen in the skin but prevents its regeneration, so it’s a double whammy,” says holistic board-certified dermatologist Keira Barr, M.D.
The last point about stress leading to surges in primary stress hormones, breaking down collagen and preventing regeneration is especially true as you age. You need to inadvertently ensure you’re not doing anything that is slowing your skin’s renewal process, and that includes monitoring your stress levels and staying clear of triggers that cause you to stress.
The kindest thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from harmful UV rays from the sun. Dermatologists recommend that you apply a broad, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF onto exposed skin. Also, try seeking shade when outdoors. It’s critical to know that the sun is strongest between 10 am and 3 pm.
Always remember that your sunscreen goes underneath your makeup, and wearing sunglasses will help prevent squinting and contributing to crow’s feet.
Start incorporating moisturizer into your skincare routine. Pick an occlusive moisturizer that creates a barrier, locking in hydration and subsequently preventing water loss. Similar to preventing hydration loss, it’s essential that you wash your face gently to avoid stripping your face of all your natural oils.
For firmness, you can enhance your natural collagen production with collagen peptide supplements. You also need to monitor your stress levels and inadvertently ensure you’re not doing anything that is slowing your skin’s renewal process. Finally, the best thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from harmful UV rays with sunscreen. We hope you find this article insightful.