As we age, we need to prepare for some changes that our bodies go through. We’re not as flexible anymore, and our skin loses some of its youthful glow. In general, women tend to take care of their skin throughout their lives, but once we reach a certain age, extra pampering is needed. Let’s take a look at how you can look after your skin after 65.
Examine Your Skin
After the age of 50, there’s a higher risk of contracting skin conditions such as cancer. Visit a dermatologist for an examination, and ask them to show you how to look for anomalies yourself. If you know what signs to look for, you can prevent any severe conditions from spreading if caught early enough.
If you have medical insurance, dermatology should be covered. People who have a Medicare Advantage plan might require a doctor’s referral before seeing the dermatologist. Don’t leave anything to chance. If you find something that worries you, rather get it checked out, then ignore it to develop into something serious.
Use Sun Protection
By now you’re probably sick of hearing about wearing sunscreen. However, sun damage is one of the leading causes of blotchy skin and wrinkles. Stay in the shade as much as possible. If you’re spending time outside, wear a hat, and put on sunblock.
We don’t notice the effects of sun damage until late in life. Reducing your exposure to the rays causes fewer wrinkles, and it also reduces the risk of skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend that you use a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher every day.
Apply it to your face and any part of your body that will be exposed to the sun. If you plan on wearing makeup, use your sunscreen after your skincare routine is complete, before you apply your foundation.
Our skin tends to dry out as we get older and can get itchy. To combat dryness, make sure to wash with a gentle cleanser instead of a soap bar. Use warm instead of hot water and cleanse with a cloth instead of a buff or scrub, which can irritate the skin.
When you’re done washing, pat yourself dry and leave a small amount of water on your face and body. When you apply moisturizer, the water helps hydrate your dermal layer. Don’t forget to put cream all over your body and not only your face.
The neckline area is especially prone to dryness as it gets exposed to the elements daily. When picking a moisturizer, try to use natural products as much as possible, to avoid harsh chemicals that aren’t always the best for your skin or the environment.
Feed Your Skin
We know that eating healthier is better for overall health and wellbeing. A healthy diet feeds your skin the nutrients it needs to look good. So instead of trying to look younger using products, start from the inside.
If you feel stronger and more energetic, it will radiate through your skin, and you’ll look youthful and full of life. Some foods recommended for the skin are dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa, red bell peppers, and coconut oil.
A fantastic feature of coconut oil is that you can eat it as part of a healthy diet, and you can also apply it externally for nourished skin. Don’t forget to also hydrate yourself by drinking enough water during the day. It will plump up the skin, reducing the wrinkles.
Always Wash Your Face at Night
Develop a habit of washing your face before going to bed, even if you don’t wear makeup. Dry skin is a challenge for ladies over 60 due to the loss of oil glands as we age. One of the best ways to address dry skin is to wash and moisturize in the evening.
Use a richer and more nourishing night cream then the SPF one that you would use in the morning. Even though you can theoretically use the same cream, night creams are designed to help repair and restore the skin while you sleep.
We can’t stop time, and aging is inevitable for all of us. What we can control is the way we live and how healthy we are in our older years. Our skin is exposed every day to the ravages of the sun and other environmental factors.
Be sure to examine your skin regularly for any strange spots or growths; if you’re in doubt about anything, visit your doctor for advice. Wearing sunscreen and covering up protects your skin from sun damage, which causes wrinkles.
If you happen to suffer from dryness, always cleanse your face before going to bed. Finally, focus on a healthy diet with lots of water that keeps your body healthy and gives your skin a radiant glow from the inside.