60s Skin Treatments
You cannot control many things about getting older, no matter how much you might like to have this power. One of those things is skin damage. Some of it is preventable, though, and refraining from smoking can help you protect your skin. Other skin problems do happen naturally, often because of changes in hormone levels that accompany the aging process. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop age spots and wrinkles. You may notice your skin getting drier and thinner as you lose collagen and other materials used to make your skin soft and supple.
Your skin becoming thin and losing many of its natural defenses is an ongoing process spanning the course of several decades. You are likely to notice more major changes in your 60s and beyond than you did when you were younger. Issues such as increased skin sensitivity make it impossible for you to use skincare products you used to depend on when you were in your 40s or 50s. Here are changes to make to your skincare regimen in your 60s to help you deal with those changes more effectively.
Bathe or Shower Differently
It may seem strange, but spending a lot of time in water dries your skin since the water removes natural skin oils. Hot water has a particularly bad impact on your skin. As you get older, especially if you are fairly sedentary, you do not need to bathe or shower as often as you used to. You cannot bathe in the same ways you did when you were young and still expect your skin to stay healthy. Treat yourself to an occasional long soak in a bubble bath but in general follow these rules of thumb:
Shower instead of bathing most of the time.
Take most baths or showers in warm water, not hot.
Set a timer to avoid showering or bathing for more than 10 minutes.
Shower or bathe less frequently than you did in your 40s and 50s, especially if you do not participate in strenuous activity.
Use a soft washcloth to clean yourself rather than an abrasive sponge or brush.
Change the Type of Soap You Use
When you were younger, almost any type of soap would do, but when you are in your 60s, you must avoid using bar soaps. Some liquid soap users think bar soaps spread germs, and while the jury is out on this topic, many bar soaps do contain ingredients that can dry your skin. This the last thing you need when the simple act of aging is already making your skin drier than you would like it to be.
Some bar soaps are abrasive, and many of them scrub off your natural skin oils. Those oils help keep your skin hydrated. Without them, your skin becomes dry, flaky, and itchy. The solution is to choose a liquid soap with naturally hydrating ingredients for the best results.
Moisturize Multiple Times Per Day
You may already know it is important to moisturize your skin by the time you reach your 60s. Ideally, you have been using a daily moisturizing product for decades. What you may not realize is that the time of day you moisturize and the frequency in which you need to moisturize varies through the decades. You must adjust your moisturizing routine as you age.
There is no such thing as too much moisturizer in your 60s, but there is certainly such a thing as not enough. It is possible to apply your moisturizer ineffectively, however. While applying moisturizer in the evening is great, your skin needs hydration throughout the day as well. Moisturizing is particularly important after skin-drying events, like showers or baths. Applying moisturizer to your damp skin fresh out of the tub helps it work more effectively.
Stay Focused on Sun Protection
You are never too old to need sun protection. In fact, having thinner skin in your 60s makes it easier for you to suffer the effects of sun damage. Some of these effects include:
- Discolored skin.
- Increased skin cancer risks.
Continuing to use products that contain sunscreen as part of your daily skincare routine is an essential step to protect your skin from the sun, but it is not the only step to take. Use other forms of sun protection, such as wearing proper clothing, to ensure you are receiving the highest level of protection.Hats and sunglasses are especially important as you age. This gives the thin, sensitive skin on your face added protection, especially the skin around your eyes. When selecting clothing to wear for a day out in the sun, remember sheer or thin clothing like a t-shirt does not provide full sun protection. Combine choosing the right clothes with wearing sunscreen for the highest level of protection.
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