In this comprehensive article, Sonette Donker addresses the unique skincare needs of those over 60 years old. Recognising that our skin undergoes significant changes as we age, Sonette provides an insightful guide to adapting skincare routines to meet the evolving needs of mature skin.
As we gracefully advance in years, our skin undergoes significant changes, demanding a more tailored approach to skincare. Visible wrinkles, sagging, pigmentation spots, rough skin texture, dryness and increased sensitivity are part of being in your 60s for most. While ageing is a natural process, it’s essential to understand how to adapt our skincare regimen to cater to the evolving needs of our mature skin. After age 60, prioritising specific skincare practices and treatments becomes crucial to maintaining a healthy, vibrant complexion.
Here’s a comprehensive guide to essential skincare and treatments for individuals navigating the intricacies of skincare beyond the age of 60.
Embrace the Power of Moisture
As we age, the skin’s ability to retain moisture diminishes, leading to dryness and a lacklustre appearance. Opt for rich, nourishing moisturisers and serums with ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Xylitol and Ceramides, which help in restoring and maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier. Look for products that promote deep hydration to address the specific concerns of mature skin, such as fine lines, wrinkles and dryness.
Sun Protection is Non-Negotiable
Despite the age, safeguarding the skin from harmful UV rays remains paramount. Invest in broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating to shield the skin from sun damage and reduce the risk of developing age spots, wrinkles, and, potentially, skin cancer. Regular application of sunscreen, even on cloudy days, is imperative to preserve the skin’s health and minimise the effects of photoaging.
Incorporate Antioxidants for Defence
Combat the adverse effects of environmental stressors and free radicals by integrating antioxidant-rich products into your skincare routine. Antioxidants like vitamin C, Green Tea Extract, Ferulic Acid, Polyphenols, vitamin A, vitamin E, and Resveratrol help neutralise free radicals, stimulate collagen production, and promote a more even skin tone. These potent ingredients contribute to a youthful glow and aid in protecting the skin from premature ageing.
Prioritise Gentle Cleansing
Switch to mild, non-abrasive cleansers that effectively cleanse the skin without stripping away its natural oils, disturbing the natural acidic pH and microbiome. Harsh cleansers can exacerbate dryness and irritate sensitive skin, leading to discomfort and inflammation. Opt for gentle formulas that maintain the skin’s pH balance and promote a clean, refreshed complexion without causing undue stress to the skin’s delicate structure.
Explore Retinoids for Skin Renewal
Consider incorporating retinoids into your skincare regimen to encourage cell turnover, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and promote a more youthful complexion. Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, are renowned for their ability to stimulate collagen production, improve skin texture, and diminish the appearance of age-related blemishes. Start with a low concentration to acclimate the skin and gradually increase the dosage as tolerated. Your doctor can prescribe the correct dose and usage for your skin concerns.
Boost Your Skin with Regular Treatments
Schedule periodic visits to a trusted aesthetic doctor or skincare professional for specialised treatments tailored to mature skin. Explore options such as chemical peels, micro-needling, injectables (doctors only), and laser therapies, which can effectively target specific concerns, including age spots, uneven skin tone, and fine lines. These treatments can revitalise the skin’s appearance and stimulate collagen production, promoting a more radiant and youthful complexion.
Visit Your Plastic Surgeon
If heavy eyelids, bags under the eyes, loss of facial volume and sagging are the main concerns for you, it might be time to visit your plastic surgeon, as some signs of ageing can only be reversed with surgery.
Pay Attention to Nutritional Intake
Remember that skincare isn’t just about external treatments; it also reflects the internal health of our bodies. Maintain a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to promote overall skin health. Consume foods abundant in antioxidants, such as berries, leafy greens, and fatty fish, to nourish the skin from within and support the efficacy of your external skincare routine.
Navigating the realm of skincare after the age of 60 necessitates a holistic approach that combines external skincare practices with internal well-being. By adhering to these essential skin care tips and treatments, you can embark on a journey to revitalise and rejuvenate your skin, fostering a radiant and age-defying complexion that reflects the beauty of your life experiences and wisdom.
With over 25 years of expertise in the skincare realm, Sonette Donker is on a mission to change lives through the power of beautiful, healthy skin. As the owner of Skin Fundi, she's a skincare specialist. Throughout her illustrious career, Sonette has collaborated with renowned scientific skincare brands like Dermalogica, Dermaceutic, Nimue, pHformula, and optiphi, helping launch them into South Africa's professional skincare scene. Yet, it's her hands-on experience, from crafting effective training programs to mastering marketing and customer service, that has fuelled her passion for transformation. At her well-established Skin Studio in South Africa, Sonette offers bespoke skincare journeys tailored to each client. Whether tackling teenage acne or combating the signs of ageing with treatments like chemical peels and micro-needling. But the innovation doesn't stop there. Sonette has introduced a revolutionary online skincare guidance and training portal for novices and pros alike. Because skincare is personal, and with Sonette's virtual consultations, you're just a step away from radiant, glowing skin.