Your 60s and 70s are life changing decades. Whether you're planning to put your work life behind you and settle in to retirement or you’re looking to spend some time on your own - this time in your life can be refreshingly relaxing.
Whilst your 60s and 70s are potentially game changing in terms of life events, the impact doesn’t have to show on your skin.
You only have to lookat the likes of Oprah Winfrey, 65, Meryl Streep, 69, and Glen Close, 72 to see that your skin can look and feel truly gorgeous well into the later years of your life.
What happens to your skin in your 60s and 70s?
Just like in all stages in your life, your skin in your 60s and 70s will be somewhat a reflection of how well you have looked after it in previous decades.
Your skin’s metabolism is now significantly slower than it was in your 30s and 40s, meaning your complexion will now be significantly drier and perhaps ‘thinner’ looking in appearance.
During this period the movement of blood throughout your system of small vessels (a process known and Microcirculation) will have slowed down, meaning small vessels and capillaries are now less efficient than they were in previous years. By the time you reach 75, you’ll have 50% fewer blood vessels in your face. This means your skin may begin to lose its ‘glow’ or ‘pinkness’ that it once had - leaving it duller looking.
For females, the good news is that you will have likely finished the menopause, meaning that any skin sensitivity relating to hormonal changes should have now subsided.
Key changes to expect at this age include:
- Skin may be drier and ‘thinner’ looking
- Previous fine lines and wrinkles may become more dramatic
- Superficial blood vessels may appear around the cheeks and nose
- More age spots may form
- Eyelids may start to sag
Whilst the reduction in Microcirculation in your 60s can result in a duller looking complexion, there are ways to naturally increase blood flow at home without an invasive procedure.
Inspired by the ancient Chinese massage technique, Gua Sha, the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer Jade Massage Tool uses natural Jade stone and manual massage to clear tension and draw circulation to the skin by up to 400%.
Katie Brindle, Founder of Hayo’u, explains: “This ancient discipline has historically aimed to prevent illness and keep people in good health. It’s based on two simple principles: good circulation with free flow of blood and energy, and clearing heat or inflammation, now believed by Western scientists to underlie many diseases.”
Read more: Women Who Inspire: Katie Brindle
Up your hydration
Moisture loss and dryness is so prevalent in your 60s and 70s, it’s vital that you counteract this by upping your moisturising treatments.
The JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser by JeNu by Trophy Skin uses ultrasound technology to enhance the absorption of your skincare by up to 6x - accelerating its results.
Our Resident Product Expert, Heather Talbot, says: “It’s really good for refreshing and resurfacing the skin. You can use it alongside your own skincare products, meaning you can use the products you’ve always loved.”
“Treatment time takes just a few minutes and it works by pushing ingredients further into the skin meaning that your creams, serums and lotions are up to 6x more effective.”
We also recommend using a thicker, richer moisturiser such as the BeautyBio The Ultimate Hydrating HyperVitamin Cream. Formulated with a unique HyperVitamin complex, this super hydrating cream soaks deeply into the skin, boosting your antioxidant levels and restoring your youthful glow.
Don’t forget about your neck
We’ve all heard of the dreaded ‘turkey neck’ but it’s an area that is often overlooked. Which is silly really, as it’s actually one of the areas of your body that actually reveals your age first due to the skin being much thinner than on your face.
“It’s the one place that everyone forgets, it’s also one of the areas that catches the sun more than the rest of your body so it can show the signs of ageing more prominently.” Heather says.
Prai are a brand who have created a device that is designed to specifically target fine lines and wrinkles around the neck area. The Prai Beauty Ageless Throat Ionic System works with an age-defying serum to visibly lift, firm and smooth the skin on your neck and décolletage.
Using avant-garde iontophoresis technology, the device delivers a gentle positive charge to the skin’s surface - gently diffusing the appearance of fine lines and creases over time.