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How to Protect Your Aging Skin from Damage While Shaving

By Sixty and Me October 05, 2015 Makeup and Fashion

There are many good things about being over 60. Feeling more confident in your own skin is one of them.

While you will still want to look your best, the days of fretting about the size or shape of your body are behind you. Beauty, like wisdom, comes with age. Those aged over 60 can still enjoy their favourite beauty regimes to help them look and feel great and shaving is a big part of that.

So, how should shaving for women over 60 be approached?

How Often Should Women Over 60 Shave?

As we get older, less hair is produced all over our bodies. This means we might need to shave less to attain the same smooth-skin effect we’re used to.

Despite this, many women in their 60s (and beyond) continue to shave. How often you shave is up to you but it is worth remembering that shaving can damage your skin so you should always prepare the area first. Use a shaving cream or soap and water to produce a lather and apply a good moisturizer afterwards to keep your skin soft, smooth and healthy.

You may find that the all-body moisturizer you use to relieve your dry cracked hands can also be used as a post-shave moisturizer. Apply after shaving and enjoy smooth skin that looks and feels great.

Common Shaving Challenges

Shaving at any time of life comes with challenges so it’s important you consider these carefully.

If your eyesight isn’t what it used to be then you may find it tricky to see what areas are clean shaven and which are not. Using a shaving cream or soap and water can help with this and protect your skin too.

As we get older our skin also tends to be more delicate. Using adequate shaving cream and working slowly and carefully with your razor can help avoid bruising and cutting.

Make Shaving Part of Your Beauty Regime

If you want to stay looking and feeling great in your 60s then shaving is only one part of the process. There are some parts of your beauty regime that will do wonders at any stage of life and these should be continued; just like shaving.

Luxurious moisturizing to get rid of dry, cracked hands, painting your nails and plucking your eyebrows are all little things you can do to make you even more comfortable in your skin but remember it is your choice.

Whether you decide to continue shaving well into your 60s or give it up to live your life au naturel, the best thing about being older is that you don’t have to answer to anyone. Whatever you chose is up to you but remember that you deserve a little pampering sometimes.

Whether you tackle dry cracked hands and feet with a good moisturizer or regularly shave your legs to achieve that silky, smooth feel, just make sure you put some time aside to look after yourself. You’ve earned it, after all.

Do you still shave? Or have you decided to go “au naturel”? What else do you do to protect your aging skin? Please join the conversation.

This is a guest post by John Brasington.

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