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Most women in general, but particularly those over 60, are concerned about the onset of an “aging” appearance. These women want to have “younger-looking” skin to match the eternal youth brand machine they are exposed to every day. But, wouldn’t it be great, if instead of talking about “younger-looking skin,” we could focus on having “healthy skin” at any age? Healthy skin radiates wellness and exudes vibrance at any age. Being beautiful comes from feeling happy and taking good care of yourself. Mature skin has unique needs. Here are a few skin care tips on how to treat it properly and look your very best for years to come.

Don’t Try to Look “Younger”

The true meaning of beauty is to exude peace and happiness from within.  If you are happy with who you are, all the world will see that and you will be beautiful.  Don’t try to “look younger”, strive to be healthy and be the best you and this will radiant outward.  Think Grace Kelly and the art of aging gracefully. Grace Kelly is quoted as saying, “I think that aging gracefully has more to do with finding meaning in life than looking young.  Embracing, not just accepting life at every stage brings us freedom.  I find it really depressing to see mothers competing with their daughters or aging women trying to hold on to a certain time in their lives with so much desperation.” Another movie icon is Audrey Hepburn who has stated, “And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” Huffington Post documented some photos of here aging gracefully here.

Stay Out of the Sun

Sun damage is one of the leading causes of wrinkled, spotted skin. Try to limit your sun exposure, wear hats and use a moisturizer with sunblock. A lot of sun damage doesn’t become fully apparent until later in life – but it’s never “too late” to make a difference in the health of your skin by reducing your sun exposure. Using sunblock and avoiding excessive sun can also reduce your risk of skin cancer. Also, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it is “too late” to start caring about sunblock. If you are in your 60s, you probably have 20-30 more years on this amazing planet. That’s a long time for the decisions that you make not to come back to haunt you!

Wash Your Face Before Sleep

Dry skin is one of the most common challenges for older women because the skin tends to become drier as oil glands production slows with age.  One of the simplest things you can do to reduce dry skin is to wash your face every night before bed – BUT NOT WITH SOAP! Soap pulls the natural oils away from your skin. Wash with a gentle cleanser and follow with a serum and night moisturizer so your skin can repair itself as you sleep.

Stop Smoking

Aside from all the other health benefits of giving up smoking, if you are a smoker, you probably have more wrinkles than other people your age who do not smoke. Try to stop, it’s the best thing you can do for your health and your skin!  If you need help to quit smoking, this article has some excellent resources.

Don’t Soak Too Long in the Tub

A hot bath can be a great way to relax – but if you spend too long in the bathtub, you might be drying out your skin. If you love long, leisurely baths, be sure to use some bath oil in the water and lather on body butter or body cream when you get out of the bath while skin is still a little damp.

Give Your Skin the Nutrition it Needs

Beyond the usual advice of eating a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, there are several specific foods that can help you to achieve naturally radiant skin. Some interesting suggestions include dark chocolate (over 70% cacao), coconut oil and red bell peppers.

Instead of trying to look “younger,” older women can look great and feel better by accepting themselves and living life as the vibrant, comfortable, and strong people that they are. What things do you do for yourself to make you feel vibrant? Comment and share with us below!

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