Sim­ple, ef­fec­tive skin­care in your 60s

Skin­care in your 60s is not and should not be about look­ing younger – it should be about healthy skin

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

Women over 60 are largely in­vis­i­ble in beauty ad­ver­tis­ing. This is not only ex­clu­sion­ary, bad man­nered and un­re­al­is­tic, it is bad busi­ness. Ma­ture women as a group have more dis­pos­able in­come than other women, and more time ( there are of course many ex­cep­tions) to en­joy the morn­ing and night time rit­ual of skin­care. The needs of ma­ture skin dif­fer dra­mat­i­cally from younger skin. It re­quires and thrives on richer tex­tures and in­gre­di­ents, it rel­ishes a good oil and the boost of mild acids.

Skin­care in your 60s is not and should not be about look­ing younger – ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns with

15- year- old mod­els pranc­ing about in skirts as tight as their just- born skin are pa­tro­n­is­ing and un­re­al­is­tic. What should be the aim at ev­ery age is healthy skin. Healthy skin is not young skin – it is glow­ing skin, clear, com­fort­able and soft to the touch. It’s the sort of skin that light bounces from rather than ab­sorb­ing dully. It is nei­ther ex­ces­sively dry nor ex­ces­sively shiny. This is the skin that turns heads, and makes the per­son in­side it feel best – you can have it at any age with the right care.

A good treat­ment prod­uct at bed time will make the dif­fer­ence by morn­ing. 1. Eucerin Hyaluron- Fill- er Night Peel­ing Serum (¤ 46 at se­lected phar­ma­cies) con­tains hyaluronic acid for in­stant, pal­pa­ble hy­dra­tion which min­imises fine lines and plumps the skin, and gly­colic acid, which ex­fo­li­ates dead skin away with­out fric­tion. Skin is bright­ened and cell turnover is stim­u­lated to keep the sur­face of your skin smooth and glow­ing.

If lines do bother you, and you would like some­thing non- sur­gi­cal to min­imise them, 2. In­deed Labs Snoxin II (¤ 32.99 at Boots) is highly ef­fec­tive. It has a tem­po­rary soft­en­ing ef­fect on lines which be­comes no­tice­able about two hours af­ter ap­pli­ca­tion, and lasts for around eight hours. It also ben­e­fits skin over time. Ap­ply di­rectly onto clean skin, and pop your mois­turiser or oil over the top. You don’t need a line- tar­get­ing prod­uct to make a quick dif­fer­ence, how­ever.

The right mask will plump the skin and give it ra­di­ance im­me­di­ately, mak­ing it per­fect for spe­cial oc­ca­sions or bad skin days. 3. Vichy Lif­tac­tiv Hyalu Mask (¤ 45 at Boots) is a five- minute quick fix – your skin will drink it in and be prepped for makeup or just given a boost for a bare skin day.

If I rec­om­mended adding just one prod­uct to your skin­care rou­tine, it would be a good oil, but this doesn’t mean you need to part with mois­turiser. Try

4. L’Oréal Paris Age Per­fect In­ten­sive Re- Nour­ish Rich Re­pair­ing Balm (¤ 29.99) for a rich, restora­tive bar­rier at night and ap­ply your oil di­rectly on top of it.

5. Dr Lancer Omega Hy­drat­ing Fa­cial Oil (¤ 80 at fetch­beauty. com) rubs into the skin and all but dis­ap­pears, mak­ing it a true dry oil. It is even suf­fi­ciently shine- free to ap­ply makeup over, if you feel the need for in­tense mois­tur­i­sa­tion be­fore makeup. An­other great op­tion is 6. Cau­dalie Premier Cru The Pre­cious Oil (¤ 58 at Arnotts), also a dry oil, de­signed es­pe­cially for more ma­ture skin, and suit­able for use day or night.

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The needs of ma­ture skin dif­fer dra­mat­i­cally from younger skin. It re­quires and thrives on richer tex­tures and in­gre­di­ents, it rel­ishes a good oil and the boost of mild acids

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