It’s been said that 60 is the new 30- and while that may be true as far as how we feel, the truth is that 60 can bring with it some big changes in terms of our skin. Some of those changes may be new, while others may just be the same changes we saw in our 50s- but on a deeper level. That’s why it’s so important that you 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:
- You might start to notice the skin on your neck is aging quickly - Up until now, you’ve probably been preoccupied with the skin on your face but the truth is that skin ages all over our bodies. If you’re like most people, 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–don’t just stop at your face!
- 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 a lot of the natural oil our skin produces. Between those two factors, most of us experience drier skin as we age. While it’s great that that means we’re probably less prone to breakouts, dry skin leaves us feeling itchy and uncomfortable and makes our fine lines and wrinkles look more pronounced.
- You’ll probably experience a loss of elasticity - When we’re young, our skin is so taught that most of us aren’t even aware of what elasticity is (for those who don’t know, it’s our skin’s ability to bounce back when it’s gently pulled), but when we age, it becomes glaringly apparent. This is especially true of certain areas like the jowls, the eyelids, and the neck. Once we hit 60, we can really see a difference in how our skin does–or doesn’t–retain its elasticity.
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 just with great skin care alone and 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
You probably know this already, but what you might not take into consideration is that these days, 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 while still super effective. It can remove light makeup and 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 moisture to your skin, and there’s literally no easier way to do that than a quick spritz of our Rose and Shine rosewater toner. This alcohol-free, super-hydrating toner contains rose water and a touch of glycerin to restore moisture to your skin. If your skin is really dry, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t treat yourself to a few extra pumps on clean 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
Crucial isn’t a strong enough word when we say it’s crucial to moisturize your skin 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. Because it contains antioxidants, this moisturizer helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It 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 this for years by stage of the game, but if you haven’t been- start now! A really great eye cream like 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.
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 skin care 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!