Source: Best Health magazine, January/February 2016
During your 60s, you may notice a further breakdown in collagen and volume, which can lead to deep lines that affect your overall facial appearance. ‘Forehead creases and nose-to-mouth lines can add up to a face that looks unhappy, even when you’re not,’ says Dr. Amy Wechsler, a New York-based dermatologist and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection.
Be sure to check in with your derm twice a year to check your overall skin health and assess your satisfaction with your topical formulas. You may also want to discuss or explore the idea of in-office treatments, such as laser therapy or injectables.
‘The most important thing is to keep skin hydrated and continue to use products with antioxidants to help protect against free radicals,’ says Dr. Wechsler. ‘You can also gently exfoliate the skin regularly to help slough away dry or dead skin cells and help encourage a more youthful and glowing appearance.’ Just make sure that any active exfoliating ingredients have benefits that outweigh the risks, and remember to avoid physical exfoliation, which will be too harsh for your skin.
‘Intense hydration is the most underrated solution and has the highest short-term payoff,’ says Dr. Shannon Humphrey, a Vancouver-based medical director for Carruthers & Humphrey Cosmetic Medicine. Why? Using an intensely moisturizing cream will help restore radiance and increase light reflection, which adds a youthful glow, and it can also help improve the appearance of fine lines almost immediately.
Formulas that are packed with as many moisturizing ingredients as possible are crucial to a fresh-looking face. ‘Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin by binding with water,’ says Dr. Humphrey, ‘but you’ll also want to start using ingredients like ceramides, which occur as a natural lipid component in the skin and help create a barrier to protect skin and help retain its natural moisture.’ Click here for a quiz that will determine your skincare style!
Products to Try in Your 60s
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Overnight Regeneration Cream, $116
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, $500
Neutrogena Triple Age Repair Moisturizer SPF 25, $34
Miracle 10 Skincare Rich Moisture, $85