In the previous article, we looked at how to take care of your skin during your 20s, 30s and 40s. In this article, we will look at how to continue enjoying stunning skin through the 50s and 60s.
There are women all over the world, who are in their 50s and 60s, but still look absolutely stunning. From Michelle Pfeiffer to Vanessa Williams, from Elle MacPherson to Christie Brinkley, there are plenty of women who are in their latter part of life, but still look incredible. These are women who have taken care of their skin, throughout their lives and have ensured that they continue to do so.
Genetics are definitely at play, when the skin looks and feels so great, even at such an age, but there are also other factors at play. You need to make sure that you eat right and have a diet that has plenty of water, fresh fruits and vegetables and real juices. In addition, you need to make sure that you keep your skin clean and hydrated at all times. You will have to wash your face at least twice daily, exfoliate twice a week and undergo facials or other skin treatments, once a month.
However, it is important to remember that ageing is an inevitable process and no matter how much you try, the age will start to show on your face. But if preventive measures have been taken in advance, there is every chance that you can delay the appearance of signs of ageing. If you have done the right things in your 20s and through your 40s, then you should be fine. In your 50s and 60s, it is all about paying very close attention to your skin, picking out the right cosmetics and also undergoing recommended cosmetic treatments.
What to expect and what to do during your 50s and 60s:
When age starts to progress, there are plenty of things that are starting to change – your skin no longer has the same glow that it used to have, the collagen production has reduced, which means that your skin no longer has the same bounce that it once had. Once in their 50s, women start to lose the oestrogen that is naturally present in the body. As a matter of fact, they have only about one-tenth of the oestrogen, as compared to say a 30 year old. It is the oestrogen that stimulates the production of collagen as well as the natural oils, which keep the skin hydrated and moisturised from within. This is one of the reasons why, during or after menopause, the skin starts to lose its moisture and starts to look dry and cracked. In addition, all these factors together lead the formation of wrinkles and lines that are deep set.
When the face begins to sag, the signs of ageing start to look more and more prominent – there is formation of jowls and there is a sagging in the overall jawline as well as the cheeks. The loss of volume actually starts in the 40s, but as age progresses, the condition starts to advance as well. The cheeks will start to sink further in, the lips will start to become thinner and the eyes will look a little more hallowed. Most women will also begin to notice lines that are extremely pronounced, around the eyes and the mouth. For women, who have not protected themselves against sun damage will notice obvious sun spots, and while these might be prominent on the face, they might be all the more obvious on the hands. It is also important to remember that at this stage in life, the rate of cell turnover is really slow, which is why the lines become prominent. You will also notice that the nose tip has started to droop and the overall thickness of the skin has reduced.
Here is what you should be doing:
Even though your skin might not be looking that great, there is still plenty that you can do and you can be sure that your skin continues to look great for a longer time.
- Fillers – There are plenty of dermal fillers in the market today and using them wisely, can leave you with skin that looks really young, despite your actual age. However, before you rush to get the filler injected, it is important for you to understand that there are several types of fillers. For starters, there are dermal fillers, such as Juvederm Voluma, which will help lift jowls and return the volume that your face would have lost. You do need to make sure that you are an ideal candidate for the injections, which is something your doctor should be able to clarify for you. Similarly, there are collagen boosting fillers, which can replace the collagen that is lost in the natural process of ageing. Sculptra will provide you with results that are visible, but very subtle. These kind of injections are administered deep into the dermal layer of the skin and that allows the skin to create collagen, once again, on its own. Collagen boosting fillers will help with facial wrinkles, smiles lines, chin wrinkles and other areas that might have sunken. Then there are also neurotoxin injections such as Botox, thread lift and radiofrequency tightening, which will stop the muscles from relaxing too much, allowing for a firmer looking face.
- Lasers and ultrasound – Fractional laser and carbon dioxide resurfacing lasers will help battle the damage caused by sun exposure as well as improve the texture of the skin. Lasers will help even out the skin, which in turn will make the skin look younger and return a glow that will look absolutely natural. As for ultrasound, Ultherapy is a great way to breathe new life into old skin. This is actually a great alternative to a traditional facelift. The energy emitted by the ultrasound will contract the muscles of the face, while also stimulating the natural production of collagen.
Now that you know how to take care of your skin, no matter which age group you fall in, there is no reason why you should not start doing the same, immediately!