A good skin care approach for women over 60 includes keeping your face moisturized, wearing sunscreen, occasionally exfoliating gently to remove dead skin cells, eating nutritious food, keeping your body hydrated by drinking lots of water, not smoking and exercising on a regular basis.

Fragile Skin

According to Dr. Marilynn Syrett, a physician and graduate of Western University of Health Sciences (See References), as we grow older, our skin becomes more fragile and drier. Because of this frailness, skin can be damaged easily. Once damage occurs to our skin, if we are older, it takes much more time to recover and heal because we aren't repairing as quickly as we once did. Older skin needs more moisturizer. Use creams, lotions and various products that are specifically designated for older skin. Because your skin isn't as hearty as it once was, use a mild cleanser to wash your face and, if you exfoliate, be gentle.


Your moisturizer should contain retinoids and antioxidants (such as Vitamins E and C) because these compounds help cells regenerate.

What is Retinoid?

Retinoid is vitamin A and applying vitamin A to your skin will strengthen collagen fibers and assist in the fight against sagging skin. Retinoids also possess exfoliating properties, which help us slough off those dead, dry skin cells that make us look older and more fatigued than we really are.

Vitamin E, Alpha Hydroxy Acid

Apply vitamin E to your skin. It can reduce inflammation (redness and swelling) and will make your skin more pliant and feel a lot softer. A good bet is a product containing alpha hydroxy acids because the acids reportedly improve the texture and tone of aging skin and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our pores get bigger. Alpha hydroxy acids help reduce the signs of those enlarged pores. Keeping your face clean is also very important.


Kinetin (N-6 furfuryladenine) reportedly retards the aging of cells. Some women have sensitive skin and can't tolerate retinoids, so this approach provides an alternative for those who need a gentler potion.

Glycolic Acid, Copper

According to Womens-health.health-cares.net (See References), glycolic acid is the best when it comes to alpha hydroxy acid products because it triggers collagen production, which plumps the cells and the ground surface of the skin, making wrinkles less visible. Copper peptides are a recent discovery in the skin care world. Copper naturally firms skin and reduces lines and wrinkles.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Treat your skin from the inside out. Eat a balanced diet and take a daily supplement to make sure you're getting the essential vitamins and minerals needed to keep your skin healthy.

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Cindi Pearce

Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.