You’re as young as you feel, but your seventh decade will undeniably bring with it some big changes in terms of your skin. Some of those changes may be new, while others may be the same changes we saw in our 50s, but on a deeper level. That’s why it’s so important to have a skin care routine that addresses both. For that reason, in this article, we’ll discuss the changes you might see in your skin in your 60s, as well as how to adjust your skincare routine.
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Changes in Your Skin in Your 60s
If you’re hitting 60, or already have, it’s probably no surprise that your skin is going to go through some changes as you approach this milestone. Here are a few of the changes you’re likely to see as you hit your 7th decade:
1. You might start to notice the skin on your neck is aging quickly. If you’re like most, the skin on your neck will probably see some changes that are very similar to the changes on your face– lines, a drier texture, even lack of elasticity. As we’ll discuss later, it’s vitally important to extend your skincare to your neck.
2. Your skin will probably start to feel even drier than it did in your 50s. As we age, we start to lose a lot of the water in our skin. We also start to lose much of the natural oil our skin produces. Between those two factors, most of us experience very dry skin as we age. This leaves us feeling itchy and uncomfortable and makes our fine lines and wrinkles look more pronounced.
3. You’ll likely experience a loss of elasticity. This is especially true of certain areas like the jowls, the eyelids, and the neck. What was once perky and lifted has traveled south. As we age, our skin produces much less elastin, which keeps our skin tight and youthful.
4. Your skin will become thinner. There are many factors that play a part in skin getting thinner as we age, including genetics and environmental stressors. Thinner skin is much more delicate and needs particular care and treatment.
5. You might experience some facial hair. Typically triggered by a shift in hormones, facial hair can be anything from just peach fuzz to a decent amount of whiskers. Unwanted facial hair can easily be removed, either at home or with the help of a professional.
6. Your dark spots will increase and your existing dark spots will become more pronounced. Again, there are a number of factors that cause this, but generally speaking, the biggest culprits are sun exposure and changes in hormone levels.
7. You’re more likely to develop skin cancer. It’s scary, but true. While genetics have a lot to do with it, the more years we spend in the sun, the more likely we are to develop skin cancer. If you’re not getting yourself checked regularly, now is definitely the time to start.
The Best Skin Care Routine for Your 60s
While many of these changes may seem daunting, the good news is that you can combat a lot of them with great skin care alone. There’s no reason skin care over 60 has to be complicated. Here’s a simple, easy-to-follow skincare routine for anyone in their 60s:
1. Cleanse Your Skin
It’s best to use a cleanser that’s super-gentle on the skin and won’t dry it out. Our So Clean! facial cleanser is easy on the skin and can remove light makeup. It has a smooth, lightweight texture that won’t cause harm to delicate skin.
2. Tone Your Skin
It’s more important than it ever has been for you to restore hydration to your skin, and there’s literally no easier way to do that than a quick spritz of our Rose and Shine rosewater toner after cleansing and throughout the day. This alcohol-free toner contains rose water and a touch of glycerin to refresh and add a boost of hydration to your skin.
3. Apply Serum
Now that your fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots may be more prominent, it’s time to use a serum that helps to diminish their appearance. Our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum will help restore the glow that dims as we age. In addition to vitamin C, which is known to help bring back skin’s radiance, it also contains vitamin E to moisturize and aloe vera to help soothe.
4. Apply Moisturizer
It’s more than crucial to keep your skin well-moisturized at this stage of your life. The best moisturizer for aging skin over 60 is one that offers deep, long-lasting hydration, like our H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer. This antioxidant-rich moisturizer helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and is packed with nourishing ingredients like shea butter to soften the skin and hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate.
5. Use Eye Cream
If you’re really serious about skin care, you’ve probably been using an eye cream for years by stage of the game; but if you haven’t been, start now. Our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream attacks dark circles, puffiness, and most importantly, wrinkles. It’s packed with anti-aging, nourishing ingredients like green tea to help firm and tighten the skin and squalane to moisturize it.
6. Apply Sunscreen
This might be a given, but it’s of utmost importance to protect your skin during the day from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Although you may already be showing signs of past sun damage, it’s still very necessary to keep your skin from further damage.
In addition to the routine above, you should also consider adding retinol into your routine. Retinol does everything from helping to rejuvenate the skin, to smoothing skin tone. Best of all, it diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles and restores vibrance back to the skin. When adding retinol to your skin care routine, it is best to start by using it a few times a week, then every other day, allowing your skin to adjust to this new, highly active ingredient. Start with a gentle retinol moisturizer like Youth Fairy, and then level up your skincare game with ‘A’ Game retinol serum. We’ve bundled both together for the best possible results.
In addition to a great skincare routine,you might want to consider making a few lifestyle changes as well. If you’re not a big water drinker, start increasing your water intake — it’ll help hydrate your skin from within. And if you’re still drinking in the sun, stop as soon as possible, as it will almost surely add to your dark spots and wrinkles. Apply sunscreen regularly and use physical blocks, such as a visor, umbrella and long sleeves, to protect your delicate skin.
If you’re in your 60s, or even just approaching them, we hope that this article gives you a great head start in terms of taking care of your skin. As you can see, it’s really just a matter of understanding the skin change that can come in this decade and how to take care of yourself with a great skincare routine.
Don’t know where to start? Our 5-Step Deluxe Skincare Set includes (almost) everything you need to help you establish the ideal daily routine: a cleanser, a toner, an eye cream, a vitamin C serum and a moisturizer. Just add sunscreen!