Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond

Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond

When in your sixties and above, it’s a great time to focus on strengthening, smoothing, brightening, and hydrating skin for a healthy and luminous appearance. You may notice that wrinkles are more deeply etched than in previous years, hyperpigmentation is especially prominent, a decreased protective barrier heightens sensitivity, and dryness and dehydration are enhanced. Collagen production has reduced by at least 30% so skin may grow a bit thinner, elasticity may further decrease, and broken capillaries and veins might intensify. Cancerous and precancerous lesions may also surface if they haven’t already, so really make it a priority to visit your dermatologist once a year for a full body skin scan.

The Aging Process

Skin aging occurs gradually from external factors such as UV exposure, as well as internal factors such as diet and genetics. These influences contribute to three biochemical reactions – Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) – all of which lead to wrinkles, discoloration, loss of skin tone and other signals associated with aging skin.

  • Reactive Oxygen Species are harmful oxygen molecules created by UV rays and pollution. ROS attack and react with stable skin cell molecules, causing wrinkles by cross-linking collagen and elastin. The result? Skin is less able to repair itself.
  • Matrix Metalloproteinases are enzymes activated by UV exposure or inflammation. MMPs contribute to the breakdown of collagen and inhibit new collagen from forming.
  • Advanced Glycation End-products occur when glucose (sugar) – the same glucose that provides energy for our cells – reacts with proteins, including collagen. This response can contribute to loss of elasticity, wrinkles and lines, inflammation, inhibited cell growth, and accelerated aging.

Understanding these triggers and preventing them from causing unnecessary damage allows us to effectively treat and control skin aging.

Treatment Recommendation, 60s and Above

Skincare during your 60s and beyond should focus on strengthening, revitalizing and replenishing skin. Include targeted serums for best results, and ingredients such as Vitamin C, Peptides and Retinol are key. At minimum, try to maintain a daily routine that consists of a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen that will help to support collagen and elastin, resurface uneven texture, and clarify tone.

I recommend the following daily regimen:

1. Cleanser

Choose your cleanser based on your skin’s most immediate needs. If dryness is your concern, use Essential Cleansing Solution morning and night. If you prefer to focus on sensitivity and dehydration, try UltraCalming Cleanser instead. Consider also alternating Skin Resurfacing Cleanser into your routine several times per week to help balance uneven tone and texture.

2. Exfoliant

To scrub away surface debris and prepare skin for treatments, use self-heating MultiVitamin Thermafoliant 3-4 times per week. If you instead prefer to purify skin congestion, brighten tone, and smooth texture, try Daily Resurfacer, a nighttime, leave-on exfoliant that consists of hydroxy acids and enzymes. For more sensitized skin, use Dermalogica’s classic Daily Microfoliant, a rice enzyme, powder-based exfoliant that gently yet effectively smooths skin while brightening tone.

3. Toner

Toners add hydration and nutrients, and they assist your other products in absorbing evenly across the face. Peptide-infused Antioxidant Hydramist is the ideal toner for those concerned with aging skin, or for those who experience sensitivity, use UltraCalming Mist instead throughout the day.

Tip: Once you’ve sprayed your toner, apply the next product in your regimen immediately while your skin is still wet.

4. Treatment

Overnight Retinol Repair speeds cell renewal to fight skin aging while you sleep. Containing Microencapsulated Retinol, peptides, Vitamin C, and a Copper amino acid complex, the two-part treatment helps to firm skin, even discoloration, and smooth texture. Alternate MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque into your routine 2-3 times per week to boost skin with nutrient-rich vitamins, decrease sensitivity, and add hydration for a firmed, soothed, and softened feel.

Also, don’t forget the lips! Restore the delicate tissue, infuse skin with moisture, and minimize contour lines with Dermalogica fan favorite Renewal Lip Complex.

Tip: Apply MultiVitamin Power Serum, then layer over a blended mixture of Overnight Repair Serum and Power Rich to wake up to a fresh, radiant face. Silky, velvety MultiVitamin Power Serum absorbs easily and contains nutrients to firm skin, repair discoloration, and minimize fine lines. Overnight Repair Serum, especially beneficial for dry or dehydrated skin, is a lightweight oil that contains peptides, Argan Oil and Rose Oil to reveal a radiant, firm, and hydrated appearance. Power Rich, the 3rd key product in this combination, helps to boost collagen and luminosity as it smooths and hydrates skin.

5. Moisturizer/Sunscreen

If your skin is especially dry, use Super Rich Repair, Dermalogica’s heaviest-weight moisturizer. If you prefer a lighter moisturizer, try Power Rich, the most advanced product in the AGE smart line, to moisturize, exfoliate, and fight aging all at once. Each of these can be used both morning and night, however during the daytime I recommend you use Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 to both moisturize and protect from UV exposure. If your skin is sensitive, Super Sensitive Shield SPF30 is preferable. Use it alone or over your preferred moisturizer.

6. Eyes

Age Reversal Eye Complex, Dermalogica’s most potent eye treatment, addresses wrinkles, lines, puffiness, dark circles, dehydration, and hyperpigmentation. If you prefer to focus on firming and smoothing lines alone, apply MultiVitamin Power Firm. Velvety in texture, the product also acts as an excellent makeup primer under concealer or foundation.

If the skin around your eyes is especially sensitive, instead use UltraSmoothing Eye Serum, a cooling gel that gently yet effectively treats aging in the area.

Tip: To clarify tone and enhance brilliance, mix Age Reversal Eye Complex with MAP-15 Regenerator, a powder-to-emulsion that improves skin firmness and clarity with a potent dose of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) – a specialized form of Vitamin C. Pat the mixture gently around the eye area for optimal results. Looking to strengthen and protect the eye area instead? Shield from environmental stress, restore suppleness, and enhance hydration by layering Extra Firming Booster under MultiVitamin Power Firm, or mix them together.

Professional Treatments

Today’s growing research and technologies have allowed numerous advances in skincare for any age, giving us the opportunity to more easily and effectively treat our individual concerns. The products and treatments now available help provide us the means to be better in charge of our own skin – and the rate at which we age – assuming we maintain a healthy lifestyle from the inside out and the outside in!

To receive professional-strength treatments and products, and to get the most out of your at-home regimen, visit me every 4-6 weeks for customized facials, complimentary Face Mapping Skin Analyses, and your unique product prescription.

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