Intrinsic aging is determined by heredity, your genetic programming that controls the hormones responsible for aging. The skin will certainly behave differently under the influences of these hormones, but how do they affect it from ages 60-70?
Estrogen is very involved in the normal function of the skin. It directly affects the role of key cells in the skin, like the fibroblasts (produce collagen and elastin), keratinocytes (closely involved in skin protection for retaining moisture) and melanocytes (involved in evenness of skin color). Estrogen also grabs onto water and holds it in the dermis, keeping the skin plump. With the extreme lowering of estrogen levels that occurs in the 60s, the skin deflates and wrinkles become more pronounced.
The 60s can be a difficult time to reduce visible skin aging because hormones help to keep the metabolic function of the skin going and with the decrease of estrogen, this activity has slowed down dramatically compared to your 50s.
Microcirculation, the passage of blood throughout the system of small vessels of the body, particularly the capillaries, is now less efficient and the skin can appear dull and faded. In fact, by the time you are 75 years old, you have about 50% less blood vessels in your face, so with fewer vessels, it means less blood is flowing throughout the skin. Also, from the lack of nutrients and oxygen that comes with blood flow, the skin will get increasingly thinner.
The post-menopausal years will trigger skin growths on the face and body. They begin as small, rough bumps and over time, they thicken and get larger. There are many names for these: seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratoses, skin tags, sebaceous hyperplasia, and they all can appear a bit different (some brown, some flesh color) but generally speaking, they are bumps, excess skin, enlarged oil glands and growths that protrude from the skin and become impossible to hide with makeup.
Here are my tips for glowing and beautiful skin in your 60s.
Increase blood flow and circulation in the skin. Skin cells, like all cells that make up the tissues and organs of the body, depend on good circulation to get the required oxygen, water, hormones, nutrients, minerals and other trace elements that are vital for the life of the cells. The tissues rely on the circulatory system to remove wastes and toxins. Tired, sluggish skin occurs when the microcapillaries are not providing enough nutrition to the skin. The treatment for under-circulated skin is to try to gently stimulate circulation through gentle massage (manual exfoliants/facial scrubs like Mint Buffing Beads), using stimulating ingredients such as ginseng, peppermint and rosemary, and to encourage the mitochondria of the cell to harness its energy with ingredients like CoQ10. You will find CoQ-10 in our best-selling Hawaiian Nourishing Cream.
Massage in your moisturizer. When applying your moisturizer, massage into the skin using firm circular motions to help increase blood flow.
Get professional facials. They are extremely beneficial for stimulating circulation to get your skin glowing as well as providing intensive moisture to plump up dry skin cells.
Eat almonds, salmon, avocados and olive oil. These all contain healthy fats that keep your skin moist, supple and glowing from inside out. They are much needed in your 60s, since moisture levels drop significantly within the skin.
Get your moles checked at least once a year. Moles that change in color, shape or size must be looked at by a Dermatologist. Skin cancer is very prevalent in the 60’s and beyond.
Go easy on exfoliation. Because the skin is thinner now, you’ll want to go lessen the amount of exfoliating acids (professional chemical peels and acid serums used at home) you use topically on your skin to remove dryness. Talk with your esthetician or skin care professional to create a plan for your skin that includes only gentle peels performed occasionally and regular skin tightening treatments like microcurrent or Bio Visage available at Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spas.
Treat your skin to at-home masks. Since moisture loss is so prevalent in the 60s, giving additional care to your skin with a weekly facial will dramatically improve its appearance and glow. Choose cream-based masks like Pure Radiance Mask formulated with reparative oils to give the skin the moisture it needs.
Use skin-firming products. Peptides, are known for their ability to strengthen and support aging skin so be sure it’s in your eye cream and serum like Total Eye Repair Cream and Bio Radiance Night Serum.
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