A lot changes with our bodies as we age, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Everything is a trade off: maybe skin becomes a bit wrinkled with age, but at least we’re finally free of that bane of teenage existence, acne!
Just as your skin changes with time, so too should your skin care routine. It’s not about staying eternally young like some Disney villain; it’s about keeping your whole body healthy. So let’s look at five of the best healthy skin care routine tips for aging skin for older women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.
1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
The first trick to better skin is a healthy diet. This can be one of the hardest tips to really commit to. We’ve all heard those warnings about greasy foods causing acne and other skin problems. So the relationship between skin and diet is pretty well-established. Your body uses the food you eat as fuel to keep your body going. The better your diet, the healthier your skin will look (and your hair and nails, too!).
There are a whole host of healthy, delicious foods that can keep your skin safe from free radicals. As well as keep your skin supple and smooth. Selenium is one of them, and it can be found in seafood, mushrooms, and select other meats. Just remember not to overdo it on the protein. Dark greens like broccoli and kale can also help boost your skin’s resilience. And don’t forget to drink water! Wrinkles are less noticeable when you’re skin is well-hydrated, and water is vital to preserving your health in general.
The bottom line is this: for healthy skin, cut the fats, the carbs and the sweets. (and you may notice the benefits in other ways, as well!).
2. Give Yourself Adequate time to Sleep
Don’t underestimate the importance of quality sleep. If you wake up in the morning with little sleep, you’ll be fighting uphill battles caring for your skin. Sleep is important to many body functions from cognition to immune system health. Your body will rank these in order of importance. If you’re not sleeping much or you aren’t sleeping well, your body will use what sleep you get to preserve your health. This may affect other areas like your brain function, allowing your skin, hair and nails to lag behind. Therefore, start your morning off right by ensuring you get to bed at a decent time the night before.
The amount of sleep we need changes with us as we age. The National Sleep Foundation recommends approximately 7 to 9 hours of sleep for adults up to age 65. Adults need less sleep than children and young adults because our brains are fully developed by this age. But sleep still plays an important role in keeping us alert and healthy.
The quality of your sleep matters, too. Tossing and turning for eight hours doesn’t actually count as a full night’s rest, unfortunately. A lot of things can affect your sleep quality, including your pillow, light exposure from electronics like cell phones, and even the temperature of your bedroom.
Waking up fully rested will make a huge difference in the health of your skin. So give yourself a fighting chance in the mornings by starting the day off well-rested.
3. Start Your Morning with Multivitamins
Skin care has two basic components: the natural aspects, like sleep and diet, and the additional help you give you skin, like lotions and cleansers. Once you’ve got your natural routine to a healthy place, you can look for some extra help from other places, such as multivitamins. A good multivitamin can give you that extra boost you need to really see your skin glow.
It’s important to remember that the best multivitamin in the world isn’t going to make up for a lack of sleep and a poor diet, so make sure you’re taking care of those things first. When you’re ready to start shopping around for a good multivitamin, there are a few things to consider:
Multivitamins are a great addition to your health routine, but they cannot replace getting at least some of your nutrients from food. Your body is used to absorbing vitamins and minerals, and sometimes the pill form lacks what nutritionists call bioavailability — meaning the nutrients are there, but your body can’t make use of them in their current form. Some multivitamins are more bioavailable than others, depending on the form the nutrients take.
Vitamins and other nutrients are real team players. It may seem like a simple “ease of use” solution to see multiple nutrients in one multivitamin, but there’s actually some scientific reasoning behind the long lists that some bottle boast. Many nutrients will not be properly absorbed by the body without help from certain vitamins. Collagen, for example, is best taken alongside Vitamin C, as the latter will make sure the body makes use of the majority of the collagen it is exposed to.
So pay attention to the nutrient combos you see in multivitamins. Some are more effective than others.
For the most part, vitamins are safe to take at any dosage. There’s no severe risk of “overdosing” on a multivitamin, but you will hit a wall of effectiveness. The human body can only absorb so much at one time, so packing on huge doses will not actually help you more than moderate, more frequent doses of vital nutrients. So don’t be fooled by products boasting enormous quantities of nutrients per serving.
Choosing the Right Vitamin
So how do you choose a vitamin that’s right for you? Well, if you’re targeting your skin (or your hair and nails, for that matter) then you’ll want a multivitamin with all the nutrients ready to help those areas achieve their full glory. Collagen, hyaluronic acid, optiMSM, certain plant extracts, Biotin, Vitamin C, and Reversatrol are good ingredients to start off with. We suggest sticking with a brand we trust with great reviews and that’s BioWellness’ Opti-Age Health Packs. This supplement company makes it convenient for you to easily get your daily intake of vitamins and probiotics without the mess and clutter of bottles and capsules!
Deep cleansing is your friend
Life takes a toll on our skin. We sweat, we go out in the sun, and we stuff our faces into some truly disgusting pillows. Your first priority in the morning should be a gentle, but deep cleanser to free your skin from accumulated germs and prep it for the day. After all, you don’t want the day’s worth of dirt, and makeup to just lay down on top of your skin overnight.
Cleansing clears away all the dead skin cells and leaves your skin full and glowing. It’s the perfect way to start your day, clean and refreshed.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Keeping your skin soft and hydrated is essential. Many of the worst skin problems are caused or worsened by dryness (think peeling, redness, and other irritating looks). Drinking plenty of water and avoiding dehydrating drinks like sodas and alcohol can greatly improve your skin. In addition, by moisturizing as well.
Moisturizing throughout the day is idea, but we live in the real world, where we don’t have time for that. And besides, most of us try to have our makeup last all day. So moisturize before your go to bed or after you wake up in the morning. Try to choose moisturizing sunscreens and concealers if you use those products. Your skin will thank you for it!