An inevitable truth: Post-menopausal skin becomes drier, rougher and thinner than in years past. You may also notice that things are starting to head south, line and wrinkles are deepening and hyperpigmentation is darkening. While you may be tempted to throw in the (face) towel, it’s not too late to take back your great skin. Chin up, ladies and gentlemen! The solution is simple: hydrate and repair. Focus your regimen on replenishing — and preserving — what once gave your skin its plump, youthful appearance, including moisture, collagen and elastin. Keep scrolling for product picks and tips that will ensure this decade looks as gorgeous as the last.
Choosing a cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping your skin of its natural oils is key, as you want to protect the barrier. Look for washes that are suitable for sensitive types and use mild surfactants to get the job done. Even better are those fortified with nourishing antioxidants.
Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser ($39.95 in the shop) transforms to a deliciously milky consistency that leaves skin soft and supple — never tight or dry. The formula is packed with essential vitamins, omega fatty acids and antioxidants, including ferulic acid and astaxanthin. Another worthy wash for skin over 60 is Dawn Lorraine Green Tea Nourishing Cleanser ($37 in the shop). The soothing cream cleanser uses fruit enzymes to gently dissolve dead cells while delivering antioxidants like alpha lipoic acid and firming actives.
At this age, when skin becomes thinner and more sensitive, you may also want to consider downshifting your exfoliating routine. Wean yourself off of strong alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, and retinol products. A gentle scrub, like Your Best Face Prep Microdermabrasion ($80 in the shop), may prove just as effective. Not ready to give up the stronger stuff? Use it every other night rather than daily.
Mature skin needs a powerful moisturizer. Without a daily dose (or two) of hydration, it can quickly become dry, tight and lined. That’s because the body’s natural concentration of hyaluronic acid — the carbohydrate responsible for keeping skin plump, supple and renewed — decreases with age. Applied topically, it has the capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture. Other ingredients to look for are barrier-repairing ceramides, moisture-retaining squalane, which is a natural component of human skin sebum, and omega fatty acids.
You can use the same moisturizer you apply in the morning at night, such as La Vie Celeste Extra Rich Day & Night Restorative Face Cream ($75 in the shop), just be sure to layer on sunscreen during the day. Also choice: Volante Skincare Radiant Youth Firming Crème ($85 in the shop), a rich cream designed to deeply nourish mature skin while delivering powerful anti-aging actives like Matrixyl 3000.
Another approach is facial oils. Heavy in hydration but light in feel, oils don’t have all the heavy emollients (think shea butter) or fillers that are often found in creams. Because oils are lipophilic, they travel though the lipid layer of the skin faster to prevent water loss and effectively seal in moisture. We like Sevani Serum Vitale Essential Nutrient Oil ($65 in the shop), which is chockfull of nourishing oils and antioxidants. A few drops are enough to cover your face and hydrate the skin.
Now is a good time to become task-oriented. Target your biggest skin aging woes with a hyper-focused treatment like those below.
Bone loss occurring around the cheeks and jaw can lead to what is commonly referred to as jowls. As gravity starts to affect the shape of your face, your skin, which is producing less collagen and elastin, becomes lax and begins to sag. An effective way to treat jowls at home is with ultrasound technology. As ultrasound waves pass through the skin, they prompt the vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen, and improve elasticity. Try Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop) with ultrasound and LED light therapy. At the end of a 12-week trial, 82.8 percent of participants showed improvement in skin firmness.
For deep-set wrinkles that appear permanently etched, you’re going to need a powerful batter. E'shee Clinical Esthetic Cellular Repair Serum ($179 in the shop) uses the human growth factor FGF1, a proven wrinkle reducer. FGF1 triggers cells to produce new and undamaged ones, thus increasing the thickness, strength and plumpness of the skin. Lifeline Stem Cell Skin Care Recovery Night Moisture Serum ($190 in the shop) is another potent growth factor serum to consider. It is powered by non-embryonic human stem cells that contain the peptides, amino acids and enzymes necessary to increase collagen.
Uneven pigmentation is one of the major changes associated with aging. Melasma, which is characterized by dark patches on the skin, is also common in older women as it can be triggered by hormonal changes. Before you seek out the fading power of a dermatologist's laser, consider topical remedies that help diminish dark spots. Azelaic acid and kojic acid have been shown to help lighten skin and are safer alternatives to hydroquinone. Find them in Elena Rubin Lighten Up ($119 in the shop).
Droopy lids can happen to anyone for various reasons, but it’s most common in older adults because of the natural aging process. Look for eye creams that have temporary tightening ingredients like caffeine, as well as peptides that increase collagen to pull skin taut over time. Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop) uses tetrapeptide-2, often called Uplevity. Tetrapeptide-2 is shown to contribute to the improvement of dermal cohesion — or in other words, it firms and lifts the eyelid skin. Lifeline Stem Cell Skin Care Eye Firming Complex ($97 in the shop) is an another advanced serum that is powered by plumping and firming peptides derived from pluripotent non-embryonic human stem cells.
Don’t forget your neck and décolleté!
The elasticity loss in the skin and the slowing of fat cell regeneration leads to sagging of the neck, creases or “rings” that become more apparent and the years of sun damage that show on your chest. Sound familiar? Deciem NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst ($70 in the shop) addresses loss of elasticity, smooths lines and improves overall skin texture. It’s all thanks to a tetrapeptide that supports the key protein syntheses for functional elastin and cellular cohesion and the plant extract leontopodic acid, which helps restore and strengthen the elastic fiber. “This is a ridiculously effective product,” raves one Truth In Aging reviewer. You can also use the Lux Renew on this area to treat sagging, crepey skin and roughness.