Much of the routine information we’ve been told by the beauty and cosmetics industry is wrong. The cycles we have been pushed into for the sake of increased consumption often wreak havoc on the skin, especially as we age. Here are the top three mistakes women over 60 make when trying to best care for their skin.
1. Over Cleansing
In the past 50 years, industry experts have pushed the idea that face cleansers should be used in the morning and evening. This leads to increased dryness and the stripping of our skins natural ability to hydrate and heal itself.
So what should you do instead? Skip the morning cleanser. In the morning, simply wash your face with cold or warm water. In the evening, you can use a low foam point cleanser, like our Sensitive Skin Daily Cleanser
. Many of the cleansers we are accustomed to have harsh surfactants in them that strip the skin completely instead of just washing off surface make up, dirt and other environmental debris. Deep cleansing is often unnecessary and leaves the skin more susceptible to dryness, dullness and even issues with acne
2. Using overly aggressive products
As we age, we are told to purchase an increasing variety of skin care products. The truth is, a gentle cleanser and a hydrating night cream is enough for a base skin care routine that keeps the skin clean and well hydrated. Most promises of anti-aging and wrinkle elimination are simply a measure of how hydrated your skin is. Choose a rich, high vitamin contact cream like our signature Deep Hydration Anti-Aging Face Cream
. Stay away from products that include paraffin, mineral oil, petrolatum or a high quantity of silicones. These products may look good for the first hour but will leave the skin more dry overtime. A good quality face cream should have a high continent of water, pure glycerin and a natural oil, like sweet almond or jojoba. It is also wise to avoid products with witch hazel or alcohol in them, which are often marketed towards older women with rosacea and dry the skin out excessively over time.
3. Stop avoiding the sun completely
that getting 10 to 15 minutes of full sun exposure daily is good for health and for the skin", and in the winter many studies show it is safe to get up to two hours if possible! While we firmly believe in using sunscreen to protect your skin for longer periods of time (especially during Spring and Summer), getting a short period of direct sun exposure daily or as possible stimulates Vitamin D production, an imperative for immunity, skin cell repair and protection/maturation of the skin barrier.