Skincare Throughout the Decades

By Joanne Mulhall

November 13, 2016

Core Wellness Solutions

Posted In: Education, General Health, General Wellness, Nutrition, White Rock

Having a positive perspective can be crucial, especially when it comes to aging. We’re quick to look in the mirror and judge wrinkles, eye creases, and fine lines as signs of getting older. But when you look closer, you’ll see that these are also marks of maturity, etchings of amazing life stories, and lines of distinction.

According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is estimated to more than double. By 2060, this group is expected to rise to nearly 24 percent of the U.S. population.

We all know that aging is not a bad thing. Aspects such as wrinkles can be character building; however, you can still take steps to take care of your skin. Here are some tips to helping your skin glow with grace at any age.

Your 40s: Sun Protection
Even if you have started to notice fine lines or dark spots starting to appear, it’s not too late for damage control. This is the time to adopt a regular sun protection program to prevent harmful UV rays from continuing to damage skin cells.

Start by wearing an SPF moisturizer every day, whether you’re indoors or outside. Also look for moisturizers with the powerfully effective physical blocker zinc oxide. Zinc oxide provides adequate broad-spectrum protection by reflecting sunlight away from the skin.

Your 50s: Regular Repair and Rejuvenation
By age 50, sun-damaged skin cells can appear as pigmented spots, wrinkles, or loosened and sagging skin. emphasizes that your 50s are a crucial time to kick your skincare routine into high gear, starting with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer packed with vitamin C, peptides, and antioxidants. Along with cleansing and moisturizing every morning and night, women should make it a habit to always remove makeup before going to bed. Makeup clogs the pores, which are typically enlarged by this age. Men can also benefit from regular face washing when they wake and go to bed. It’s also a good idea for guys to swap the plain bar soap for a gentle cleanser to get rid of the grit.

For enhanced rejuvenation, applying a homemade facial mask can help naturally hydrate dry skin and create a glowing complexion. Natural ingredients like avocado, banana, and even egg yolk offer a myriad of benefits for the skin.

Your 60s and 70s: Mindfulness of Aging Skin
At this age, it’s important to cleanse and exfoliate gently because your skin is more delicate and sensitive. Approach facial and neck scrubbing slowly to prevent skin abrasion that tends to happen with thin and fragile aging skin. If you use products to help counteract the effects of aging, you may also want to mix in bland creams or smoothing moisturizers to dilute them. Skincare products primarily consisting of herbs, coconut oil, avocado, or apple cider vinegar may be better alternatives, depending on your skin type.

Embracing Your Years
We can take steps to avoid the appearance premature aging, such as getting plenty of sleep, managing stress, eliminating toxins and nourishing skin by drinking water and eating nutritious foods like spinach, carrots, and even dark chocolate. Margaret Manning, founder of the website Sixty and Me, believes older women shouldn’t focus on younger-looking skin, but rather healthy skin. Proudly celebrate this time of your life, no matter your age!