How To Look After Your Skin During Retirement

Maintain a diligent cleansing routine

This remains the foundation of great skincare practices. Over-65s also must use a richer, more lipid cleaner (it should feel very oily and ‘curved’ when you rub it between your finger and thumb) for their delicate skin. Continue working with a toner that, while eliminating all traces of the cleanser, is still quite gentle on the skin.

Protect your skin from ultraviolet light

A lot of our ageing comes from light damage, turn your arm over and examine the difference between that and the more vulnerable, upper arm. I particularly enjoy the SPF formulas containing the mineral reflectors titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Consider visiting a skin doctor to evaluate your skin, and what further medicines or creams can improve your skin.

Focus on your eyelashes

The same as the hair on our heads, our eyebrows and lashes get rid of colour and thickness. Apart from having them dyed, which adds definition to the face, I also love having an eyelash-growing lotion. I have been using it for a long time, but I do not think it is ever too late to begin. Use it only in the evenings if you find that using it at night makes your eyes bloated.

Have regular facials

Beauty services are here to help. There’s nothing quite like a well-performed facial massage to stimulate circulation and tone the muscles up. A good therapist should also have the ability to operate the lymphatic system. If you cannot afford to get a facial frequently, give yourself a mini facial when applying your night creams, with a few gentle pinching and tapping motions.

Use cosmeceutical ranges

Fairly often cosmetic products include the ideal active ingredients but not in adequate dosages. If you try something and it doe not deliver the expected results, it may be because it is either not in sufficiently high amounts to produce results or isn’t formulated for successful penetration.

Watch out for products containing at least one of the following ‘actives’. Over the years, I believe that they have proved their value:

  • Vitamins A, C ,E
  • Beta Carotene
  • B5
  • Niacinamide (B3)
  • Pycnogenol
  • Co-enzyme Q10
  • Palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 (Matryxl)
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Copper Peptides
  • Idebenone
  • DMAE
  • Carnosine
  • Magnesium
  • Green tea
  • Beta-glucan
  • Hyaluronic acid

Try new things

I’ve intentionally left out some of the more recent antioxidants, lighteners and brighteners, and highly effective repair enzymes, because they’re currently found in too many goods. However, if you prefer to use cutting edge products with exciting fresh ingredients, you’ll discover many of these at the Skinesis and Environ ranges.

Consider collagen induction therapy

I’m pretty amazed by the results of ‘skin needling’ or hydration induction therapy (CIT). This professionally performed treatment generates multiple piercing of the skin under a local anesthetic. The answer in the skin to this ‘wounding’ would be to produce collagen and elastin fibers within a eight- to 16-week period, giving more support and elasticity to the skin and making it look smoother.

Take essential fatty acids every day

‘Good fats’ protect the lipid portions of your body. I like Udo’s oil, which plant-derived, and Nature’s Plus Ultra Omega 3/6/9, made from borage, fish and flax. Both are accessible from healthfood stores, which has to be kept in the refrigerator.

Eat and drink healthily

Drink at least four glasses of water every day, plus blue-green, green, rooibos, white, or honeybush tea. Avoid trans fats by avoiding processed foods; try to return to baking and cooking from scratch. Do eat seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruit. If you can’t chew nuts, then you can eat ground nut and seed mixes sprinkled on to porridge. For breakfast, I really like a dollop of yoghurt, a little muesli, nuts and seeds, fresh berries, a spoonful of Udo’s oil, a light sprinkling of cinnamon and a little honey. Delicious and healthy!

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