Over 60? Give Good Face with Our Pro Skincare Tips

At 60, you’re beautiful and busy — but this isn’t your first rodeo! On the skincare front, here’s how to maintain your glow.

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Kim Cattrall and her youthful face

Glowy face tip 1: Practice safe sun

The 60s — sometimes earlier — is the decade that hyperpigmentation (sunspots) comes through, says Dr. Frauke Neuser, principal scientist with Olay Skin Care. Decades of exposure to UV rays and free radicals can damage melanin cells especially on the face, hands and décolletage. “The cells go into overdrive and continue to produce melanin, which then gets transported to the surface of the skin, and you see that as age or dark spots.” says Dr. Neuser, who recommends Olay Luminous Miracle Boost Concentrate to treat hyperpigmentation.

A consistent effort is also part of the solution, to both eliminate current spots and prevent future ones. “What’s really important is that you use SPF.”

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Mature woman applies cream to her face

Glowy face tip 2: Get your plump on

“It’s not just the skin that’s aging, it’s the facial structure, too,” says Dr. Marcie Ulmer, a cosmetic and medical dermatologist at Pacific Dermatology in Vancouver. “Volume loss is related to fat. We lose fat in our faces and that contributes to wrinkles, jowls and changes in facial proportion and shape.” Bone loss also adds to the change. “It contributes to volume loss as the bone structure is unable to support the overlying soft tissue in the same way that it once did.” To slow the change, eat nutritiously, exercise often (try weight-bearing activities that keep bones strong), and look for plump and firm products.

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Mole check for face and back

Glowy face tip 3: Check, please

For Charmaine Cooper, Dermalogica education manager, skin checkups are key, especially in areas near lymph glands like the upper face, scalp, back of the neck and tops of the ears, as skin abnormalities can begin to appear over the years.

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Face care, Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum

MVP (most vital product): Serum

Powered by resveratrol, and developed with Harvard Medical School, to revitalize sluggish cells.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Serum, $179 at caudalie.com.

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Face care. Filorga NCTF-Intensive Supreme Regenerating Serum

MVP: Serum

Encapsulated retinol and vitamin C help minimize wrinkles and maximize firmness and radiance.

Filorga NCTF-Intensive Supreme Regenerating Serum, $120 at beautyboutique.ca.

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Face care. Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Fortifying and Revitalizing Rosy Cream

MVP: Cream

Beeswax, calcium and mineral-rich thermal water join forces to care for mature skin needs.

Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Fortifying and Revitalizing Rosy Cream, $57 at vichy.ca.

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Face care, Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Instant Wrinkle Filler Tri-Polymer Blend

MVP: Wrinkle filler

This triple blend helps create a smooth, plumped surface on contact.

Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Instant Wrinkle Filler Tri-Polymer Blend, $72 at esteelauder.ca.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada