Now that we are over 60, I think we can all agree – we’ve spent enough time, money, angst, and celebration seeking the best, worst, and most effective products for our delicate skin. Some dry us out, some over moisturize, and some are just right for the moment, and then things change. Our skin changes with years, seasons, temperature, hormones, stresses, pollutants, and on and on.
I was looking for a facial serum that would meet certain criteria. I wanted all organic, gentle, hydrating, protective, nourishing, toning, plant-based, and aromatic. What I absolutely did not want was the following: the first ingredient to be water, plenty of added preservatives, wrapped in plastic, filled with chemicals, corporate oversights for stockholders, or a serum that was outrageously expensive.
I couldn’t find one that met all of my criteria, so being a woman over 60 with a need, I went on a hunt. I researched, experimented, tested on friends and family, researched and experimented some more, and created my own, GYG Organic Facial Serum!
Now that I have done the research, I would like to share with the wonderful tribe of Sixty and Me, the dos and don’ts of skincare.
With a few mindful steps, you can protect, heal, and restore your skin in a way that keeps you healthy and helps the environment.
Given my experience with researching, experimenting, and developing a plant-based, organic, facial and body serums, I would like to share a few tips in choosing the best products for your delicate and lovely skin.
Winter skin is more fragile so take a few extra steps.
Apply serum or moisturizer directly to your moist skin after bathing so the moisturizer can help trap surface moisture. Apply gentle nourishment to your skin any time it feels too dry.
Gently cleanse your skin, but don’t overdo it. Too much cleansing removes the skin’s natural moisturizers. Use a clean washcloth each time.
If you have “winter itch,” take short lukewarm showers or baths and immediately afterward, apply a thin film of body serum (like GYG Organic Body Serum) or any hydration. Gently pat your skin dry.
Dry air can remove the moisture from your skin. Room humidifiers are great but do clean according to instructions to reduce mold and fungi.
Protect yourself from the wind. Cover your face and use a serum or skin protectant.
Very cold weather can cause skin disorders or frostbite in some people. If you develop extreme pain followed by loss of sensation in a finger or toe, you may have frostbite.
Use a sunscreen if you plan to be outdoors for prolonged periods.
Tanning beds and artificial sunlamps are always damaging to the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.
In summer, your natural vitamin D production increases from daily sun exposure, but when winter rolls around that exposure decreases.
See your dermatologist if you have persistent dry skin, scaling, itching, rashes, or skin growths that concern you.
Keep the natural oils your skin produces. Add moisture from the inside out by more water to hydrate your skin.
To protect your skin and keep it as healthy, avoid products that contain any of the following chemicals:
Read your labels, avoid toxins, go organic, and treat your beautiful skin as the jewel that it is. Keep your skin glowing at every age and every season. Remember, as Annie sang, “You are never fully dressed unless you are wearing a smile!”
How do you take care of your skin in the winter months? Do you moisturize differently when the weather is cold? How often do you read your cosmetics labels? Has a product’s ingredient list stopped you from purchasing it?
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