Let’s face it, none of us are getting any younger — but does that mean we have to give up on our looks? They say that you’re only as old as you feel. Today, more than ever, this is true. While nothing can halt the aging process completely, it’s possible to look great at any age. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways you can stay looking good right into your 60s.
Skincare in your 40s
By the time you reach 40, you’ll have noticed changes in your skin. At this age, most people are probably enjoying freedom from hormonal acne but may be noticing new issues. These may include issues such as larger pores and more noticeable permanent wrinkles.
You will need to take especially good care of your eye area from here on in. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and is often the place where wrinkles first start to develop. Invest in a good eye cream and get into the habit of using it regularly.
As a teen and young adult, you probably avoided oil like the plague. As you move into your 40s, though, oil may become your best friend. If your skin tends to be dry, you may benefit from massages with pure natural oils such as jojoba or almond oil. You could also try a facial oil as part of your moisturizing regimen.
Hopefully, you’ve already been using sunscreen regularly. Now might be an excellent time to find a more potent SPF cream that works for you. Some skin experts recommend going as high as a Factor 50. The key is to find a light, moisturizing formula that you can wear under your foundation – or a foundation with a strong SPF.
To keep your skin looking fresh and bright, vitamin C creams can be beneficial. Retinoids also have tried-and-true anti-aging properties, with clinical evidence backing up the assertion that they can support collagen production and fight the appearance of wrinkles. Retinoids aren’t right for everyone, however, and they do cause photosensitivity. You’ll need to take extra care in the sun if you start using them.
Skincare in your 50s
With your sunscreen and moisturizer regimens firmly in place, you’re already in great shape to tackle the new demands made on your body. Vitamin C creams remain a solid choice – they will help keep your skin plump and healthy, and may even assist in repairing any existing sun damage. Retinoids become even more useful but require additional caution.
You might also want to add a serum to your skincare routine. Your skin will appreciate the extra support. Another treatment that may be useful is dermarolling, where a spiked roller is run lightly over the skin. Dermarolling works by creating small “injuries,” which your body then repairs with fresh tissue, encouraging the growth of new collagen and firming your skin. While you can do this at home, it’s better to have it done by a professional.
Skincare in your 60s
In your 60s, topical treatments may not be enough to give you the youthful look you want. You can fight back by adding filler treatments to your regime. These involve injections of inert substances under the skin, which plump up your tissues and help to hide wrinkles. When thinking about skincare, don’t forget the causes of aging. Your biggest enemies in the fight to retain your looks are smoking, alcohol, and sunshine. If you’re still smoking, you should try to stop as soon as you can. Smoking introduces several toxic compounds into your system, which speed up the aging process – including the visible aspects, such as wrinkles and dull skin tone.
Alcohol can also accelerate aging. Some studies suggest that moderate consumption of some drinks, such as red wine, may have positive benefits. Even so, you should cut back on alcohol if you want to stay youthful.
A sedentary lifestyle and the wrong food are also heavily implicated in premature aging. Eating a healthy diet and staying active will help you stay looking and feeling young all through your 40s, 50s, and 60s.