Skin Care for Women Over 60

by Leigh Shan ; Updated July 18, 2017

Counteract the effects of aging with a thorough skin care routine.

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As you enter into 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 dryer and less taut, so you will need to do everything you can to replenish moisture. When in doubt, hydrate.

Wash Your Face Less

Due to the lack of oil that your skin is producing on its own, you'll need to take extra precautions to retain moisture. Since washing your face actually removes moisture from the skin, cut back on the frequency with which you cleanse. Instead of washing multiple times per day, just wash your face once in the evening with an oil-based cleanser. In the morning, rather than scrubbing, simply splash your face with cold water to feel refreshed.

Use Oil-Based Moisturizer

Even if you did not make a habit of moisturizing regularly when you were younger, now is the time to start. Twice per day, apply an oil-based serum that contains botanical extracts, such as shea butter. These ingredients will give your skin an extra dose of hydration and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Load Up On Sunscreen

It's no secret that the sun is harmful for your skin. As you get older and your skin begins to dry out naturally, the sun can exacerbate the dryness. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen daily to protect your skin, and consider using an SPF of 60 or higher. On occasions when you plan on being outdoors for extended periods of time, wear an oversize sun hat to shade your face.

Exfoliate Regularly

To maximize the benefits of your moisturizing products, it is important to exfoliate two to three times per week to remove dried out and dead skin cells from your face. The process of removing dead skin cells rejuvenates the face and allows new, healthy skin cells to grow. The process of renewing skin cells slows down as you age, so in your 60s it becomes crucial to exfoliate in order to speed this process along.

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About the Author

Leigh Shan has been writing about beauty, health, fitness, home and small businesses since 2007. Her work has been published in "The Queens Courier," "Queens Business Today" and "The Real Deal" newspapers, as well as "The World Scholar" magazine. Shan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Fordham University in New York City.