7 beauty tips every woman in her 60s needs to know

In our five-part series, we outline the beauty tips and tricks you’ll likely need for every decade of your life

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Here on the Telegraph beauty desk, we always try to promote beauty advice that will apply to you, whatever your age. However there are definitely certain ingredients and skincare advice that applies to different stages and ages, as well as some key make-up tricks to make the most of your features in every decade.

We’ve spoken to a few of the leading experts in the industry to help with some bespoke advice for each age group - to make you look and feel like your most beautiful self. This week, we're deep-diving into your sixties. 

The magic trio for any decade

The basics for skincare, according to the dermatologist Dr Hiva Fassihi, are sunscreen, retinol and antioxidants (such as vitamin C). But above all, a broad spectrum SPF 50 year-round. The Anthelios SPF 50 Fluid by La Roche Posay, £17.50, is a good bet.  

A brilliant Vitamin C for beginners is the Vitamin C Capsules by Elizabeth Arden, £72. If you have already been using vitamin C and want to try something stronger, try the Vitamin C Glycolic Brightening Serum by Murad, £72. This should be your first step in the morning, followed by day cream and sun protection. If your skin is on the drier side, use water-based hyaluronic serum for deeper hydration.

As for retinol, which can be used at night, the facialist Asees Berri suggests “start with a low percentage and slowly build up to higher strength.” The Retinol 0.3 by SkinCueticals, £65, is a good product for retinol beginners.  

Your treatment plan

“Post-menopausal skin continues to lose collagen at a rate of 2.5% per year, which explains why we age more quickly in our post-menopausal years than our pre-menopausal years,” advises aesthetic doctor Dr Sophie Shotter.

Dr Shotter explains that if you are new to skincare and aesthetic treatments in this decade then it is possible you already have extensive photo damage which could require more aggressive treatments to correct. “Fillers are still an excellent choice for many people,” adds Dr Shotter. 

“However it is the responsibility of the practitioner to discuss all treatment options with a patient, and to understand the patient’s desires - what do they want to achieve and to what lengths are they prepared to go to get it. 

“Upper eyelid skin laxity is a common problem, and can also cause visual problems in extreme cases. In my opinion this is always best addressed by a good oculoplastic surgeon. Skincare is as important as ever, and will follow similar principles to in our 50s focusing on collagen preservation and hydration.” 

For those with extensive photo damage, resurfacing treatments such as CO2 laser or a deep chemical peel can help. 

Make-up to help

“In your sixties, make-up is about redefining and rebuilding in features which may be lost, such as brows,” advises make-up artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis. She suggests filling in brows with a brow builder for the best look - try Brow Build Gel by BBB London, £21

“Lashes may be fine, so building up your eye definition by using eyeshadow powders and brown kohl pencil,” says Nguyen-Grealis, to give the illusion of thicker lashes at the base. The Rock n Khol Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown, £19, by Charlotte Tilbury is a good choice. In terms of what to avoid, Nguyen-Grealis advises to steer clear of any frosted colours. 

If lip thinning is your issue, opt for a lip colour in a shade as close to the lip as possible with a liner for definition and shape and where lips are thin. You can then add a soft light colour lipstick in the centre by the cupid bow to give the illusion of a bigger and even lip.