Beauty beyond 60: Your guide to looking fabulously ageless after 60

I didn’t want to start this blog with the ‘age is just a number’ cliché, but when it comes to feeling and looking fabulously ageless, I really do believe (for the most part) exactly just that… age IS just a number.

Just because your age dictates that you are heading towards retirement doesn’t mean you are retiring from your ‘self’.  In fact, don’t even think of stepping away from your body and skin care game because with so many time-reversing treatment options to choose from… 60+ is going be your new 40!…just better... without the 9-5… and the moody teenagers.

What happens to our skin beyond 60?

Although much of how your skin ages is influenced by genetics, by the time you get to 60+, what you did (or didn’t do) to your skin in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s is going to play a big part in how your skin looks beyond 60.  Sun damage in the form of sun spots and pigmentation, broken capillaries and solar keratosis will be a major spoiler alert of your skin’s age.  So here’s a heads-up if you are a pre-60’s chick reading this blog… use your sunblock every day!!!

Beyond the external influences that prematurely age our skin, like the sun and certain lifestyle choices such as smoking or inadequate diet, the most noticeable change to skin beyond 60 is a general thinning of the dermal structure as well as a loss of firmness and facial volume.

Beneath the surface, as skin ages, hyaluronic acid production (one of the key molecules that keeps skin plump and hydrated) slows down, leaving the skin dryer, thinner and more susceptible to irritation or wounding.  And, together with the degeneration of collagen and elastin fibres as well as a change in the distribution of fat, the facial contours begin to shift and sag downwards causing wrinkles and folds.

What you can do to look fabulously ageless beyond 60:

Aside from taking good care of your skin; that is, cleansing, moisturising and using a sun block every single day, there are now a wide variety of effective products, treatments and procedures that deliver exceptional results for anyone looking to look fabulously ageless beyond 60.

Of course, opting for an age-defying ‘face-lift’ to surgically lift, trim and tighten sagging skin is a well-known choice for those wanting somewhat instant results but the surgery is expensive and recovery can be challenging.  Luckily, there are plenty of affordable, less invasive alternatives that, unlike the traditional face-lift will not only cosmetically rejuvenate your skin, but will also improve your skin’s health and function by encouraging your skin to act younger!  Here are a few to consider:

Hydrafuse RICH with Hyaluronic Acid - This treatment utilises a combination of collagen induction therapy and mesotherapy techniques to improve skin quality and function, and correct the signs of ageing while giving your skin a naturally radiant glow.

A hydrating cocktail of hyaluronic dermal filler, vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and skin brighteners are delivered to the skin via tiny infusion channels, created by a dermal stamping device, to nourish and renew dull, tired and dehydrated skin.  The very fine needle punctures, also activate the skin’s natural healing response, promoting new collagen formation and increasing elastin levels to firm, plump and correct skin imperfections such as scaring and pigmentation.

Hydrafuse RICH is specifically formulated to improve hydration, tone and elasticity of the skin by replacing lost skin volume via the infusion of non-cross linked hyaluronic acid and highly concentrated glycerol.  Hydrafuse RICH can reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as recondition your skin without the trauma and downtime associated with traditional dermal fillers.

Hyaluronic acid (HA), is a natural element of our body that fulfils important functions like maintaining the moisture levels, firmness and elasticity of the skin.  Environmental factors such as excessive and intensive sun exposure, and the natural ageing process contribute to the depletion of the body’s own levels of hyaluronic acid.  This causes the skin to becomes drier, thinner, and lose its suppleness and elasticity causing lines and wrinkles to appear.  

Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Hydrafuse RICH is not injected beneath the skin to fill lines or create shape and contour, but instead is infused into the skin to hydrate and improve overall quality and appearance.

Dermal Fillers - Unlike the Hydrafuse treatment which is injected into the skin to rejuvenate and recondition the surface, Dermal Fillers are injected under the skin to lift and support the skin’s surface, as well as recontour and correct the over all structural balance of the face.  

It’s fantastic for addressing the muscle slippage that causes loss of cheek volume and those folds that develop around the mouth and chin area as well as the perfect solution for correcting the appearance of dark under eye circles and loss of lip definition.  It can also be used to smooth and rejuvenate the back of hands! 

Anti-Wrinkle Injections -  Anti-Wrinkle injections work by blocking the electrical signal your brain sends to your muscle in order for it to move; like when you’re angry and you scrunch your eyebrows together.  

Anti wrinkle injections will smooth out the expression lines that develop across the forehead, around the eyes (crows feet) and between the eyebrows.  In some cases it can also be used to soften the lines that develop around the lips (often referred to as ‘smokers lines’... even if you’ve never smoked) or to lift eyebrows that have dropped down out of position.

IPL Photorejuvenation - Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation uses the power of light to reverse the visible signs of ageing.  This treatment can reduce or, in some instances, even remove unwanted blemishes like pigmentation, broken capillaries, sun damage, age spots and redness giving the skin a clean and clear appearance.  Furthermore, this treatment also has some secondary rejuvenating effects due to its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production to plump, smooth and strengthen the skin’s surface.

How to make an appointment: Although super effective,  these procedures may not be suitable for all skin types or conditions and a consultation with both a Dermal Therapist and your doctor is advised.  To make a consultation appointment with a specialist Dermal Therapist visit www.brazilianbeauty.com.au and find your closest clinic or click here to find out more about Brazilian Beauty’s selection of anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation treatments.