Skin Care at Sixty: Seven Principles

By: Sara Kitch

Upon turning sixty, I was looking back at a life chockfull of memories. Marriage, children, divorce, grandchildren, and skin cancer survival where some of the major experiences of my life. Having gone through so much, I tended to neglect my skin often. At the age of fifty I was very lucky to beat cancer, and I wanted to change more things in my life for the better. I also decided to rejuvenate my tired looking face.
It was at this time that I started searching for information on how to revive my skin. Ten years later at 60, there are 7 principles for my skin care which I follow to the tee. It has worked for me, my skin feels firmer, softer and glows more now than it used to, even more than when I was 45!
I want to share these 7 principles for skin rejuvenation with you. They are simple, healthy and easy things to remember. Some of them you probably do already, maybe your doctor has mentioned them to you.
Seven Principles of Facial Rejuvenation at Sixty
First Principle: Eat Right
Proper eating habits full of vegetables, fruits and whole grains will make a huge difference in your life. Foods rich in vitamins A and E become particularly important as we grow older because our bodies naturally become depleted of these essential vitamins with time. Vitamin E and A is needed for new cell growth, especially skin cell growth. Your skin at 60 requires this, to renew itself at the cellular level. You can find these two vitamins in dark green and yellow vegetables, such as squash, pumpkin and cantaloupe.
Principle #2: Wear Sunscreen
Increased wrinkles, dark sunspots, and leathery skin texture are all results of over exposure to the sun. Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is important to prevent skin damage, the severest being skin cancer. Luckily I was diagnosed in the early stages of the cancer. Regular skin cancer exams from a dermatologists can save your life! With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for skin cancer averages 95%. When detection and treatment are delayed, the outcome is not as favorable.
Principle #3: Use High Quality Creams
Mature skin tends to be dry and tight, with a rough, wrinkled texture and a dull appearance. Hormonal changes, reduction in the water content of the uppermost layer of the skin and a decrease in intracellular lipids all contribute to increased dryness. If you want your skin to be soft, supple and smooth, moisturize in the morning, after a bath and before you fall sleep. The moisturizer you chose should contain soy, retinol and alpha hydroxyl acids that are beneficial for a woman's skin, and it should be a high quality, thick consistency. Any treatments that encourage collagen and elastin stimulation are a good bet.
#4: Drink More Water
Loads of water! As we age the layer of fat giving skin its plump and firm appearance begins to shrink and does not regenerate. This shrinking fat layer also reduces the amount of moisture in the skin, leading to dryness and wrinkles. To fix these issues, we can just drink more water, easy!
Principle #5: Follow an Excellent Skin Care Routine
Upon reaching our sixties our skin become fragile, and it becomes easier to injure and slower to heal. Use high quality cleansers and scrubs to keep your skin fresh. Masques will increase moisture and firm up the skin. Products with retinoids and anti-oxidants help the skin rebuild cells.
#6: Have a Multivitamin Everyday
A multivitamin with calcium and vitamins E and A is great because your skin loses those minerals as you age. Skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner as the years go by. Calcium is needed namely for the loss of skin density, while Vitamin E helps your skin to rebuild itself. Vitamin A contains retinoids which assist in reversing the signs of aging.
#7: Don't Smoke
Dry and leathery skin is caused by smoking. Smoking also steals the nutrients right out of your skin. The good news is that as soon as you quit smoking, your body begins to heal itself immediately. To stop the aging process quitting smoking is essential. Maybe you have considered quitting already for your lungs, and now you have another reason, younger looking skin.

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Remember, for facial skin care at the age of 60, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water are only two of the principles. The other five are just as important, especially the sunscreen and the quitting of the cigarettes. Smoking is terrible for your body so please quit if you do. Multivitamins made especially for women are also key, for the extra calcium.

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