Moisturiser 101 for mature skin

As you enter your 60s, the most important thing to remember is that your skin is now producing less oil. You will likely notice that your skin feels more dry and fragile and as a result it can be easily damaged. You will need to do everything you can to replenish moisture because it will take much longer to recover and heal any damage to your skin. We’ve put together a list of a few key ingredients to look for in your moisturiser to ensure you get the best results! As well, see below for a few tips and tricks for skin care.

 

Key skin care ingredients:

1) Retinoids 

Choose a moisturiser that contains retinoids and antioxidants (Vitamin E and C) because these compounds help cells regenerate. Retinoid is made from vitamin A, which will help improve skin tone and colour, as well as, assist in the fight against sagging skin. The retinol-based products may cause the skin’s top layer to become dry and flaky since it possesses exfoliating properties. Also, the cream may cause irritation so if the discomfort is prolonged or uncomfortable, switch to a weaker formal. Generally, it takes about 3 to 6 months of daily use to notice a difference.

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2) Vitamin E, Alpha Hydroxy Acid

To help reduce inflammation and make your skin feel softer apply vitamin E to your skin. Vitamin E boosts collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic and supports new skin cell growth. As well, products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) diminish the appearance of fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. For instance, Glycol acid is popular because of its ability to remove dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling smoother and more radiant. Start with a low concentration and apply every other day to help avoid irritated skin.

 

3) Vitamin C 

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The antioxidants found in vitamin C can help stimulate the production of collagen and minimise fine lines, wrinkles and scars. Try to find skin care products that contain Vitamin C to keep skin strong, flexible and resilient.

 

4) Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in your body and helps keep tissues cushioned and lubricated. However, as you age it may cause you to make less. Therefore, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid to help smooth out skin; it is especially effective when combined with vitamin C products.

 

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Skin care tips and tricks:

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1) Don’t over-wash your face 

You’ll need to take precautions to retain moisture in your skin due to the lack of oil your skin now produces. If you over-wash your face, it will actually remove moisture from the skin so cut back on the frequency you cleanse. For instance, wash your face with an oil-based cleanser once in the evening and then just splash your face with water in the morning!

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2) Use an oil-based moisturiser

Twice per day, apply an oil-based moisturiser. This will give your skin an extra dose of hydration and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try to look for products that contain retinol, vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acid!

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3)  Apply sunscreen every day

It’s no secret that the sun is harmful to our skin. It  can also exacerbate your skin’s dryness as you age. Therefore, apply a generous amount of sunscreen (SPF 60) daily to protect your precious skin.

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4) Gently exfoliate  

It is important to gently exfoliate two or there times per week to maximise the benefits of your moisturising products. It will help to remove dried out and dead skin cells from your face. Exfoliating allows new, healthy skin cells to grow. This process of renewing skin cells slows as you age, so it becomes crucial to exfoliate in order to speed this process along.

A general rule of thumb for over 60s skin care includes the following: moisturise your face daily, wear sunscreen, occasionally exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, eat nutritious food, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water and exercise on a regular basis.

 

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