Skin care products for older women?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Skin care products for older women?
Wed, 02-19-2014 - 10:42am

My skin seems to have changed quite a lot in the last few years and I am wondering if I have the best skin products for my needs. I've been using Cetaphil cleansing lotion and moisturizer but I have heard that is more suitable for younger people. If you are an older woman, what skin care products do you use and do you feel as though it is the best product available for your needs?


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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 02-19-2014 - 8:36pm

Don't know who you've "heard" from, but about 10 years ago, my dermatologist suggested Cetaphil cleanser and lotion for my skin problems.  I'm 61.5 now, and it's still working fine for me.  *I* suggest you ask a physician.

Avatar for cmkarla
Registered: 01-03-2001
Thu, 02-20-2014 - 8:16am

I too use Cetaphil cleanser and lotion on the advice of my dermatologist. :-)


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Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 3:03pm

It depends what kind of "issues" you have.  Things you want to change.  

If what you are using is working, then keep using it.  It could be that it is working (meaning your skin doesn't feel tight and try after you wash your face, stuff like that) and you want something more specific for wrinkles, sagging, etc.

One advantage to direct sales is you can generally get one on one help and try products before your purchase them.   That can also be an advantage if you are a "counter girl."  

But if none of that appeals to you and want to buy off the shelf, the main thing is that you are not over doing one specific ingredient by grabbing a mish mash of different brands that treat the same area or same thing.  


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Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 4:47pm

I'm 51 and I've never been able to use Cetaphil.  I find it very drying. Before my late 30s, I prided myself on my cheap, simple regimen of Noxzema followed by body lotion and a heavier cream in cold weather, but by the time I was 38, I had scaly patches on my face I was trying to fix with cortison.  My dermatologist told me to go get some REAL face products before I damaged my skin permanently with cortisone.

My skin has gone through a few changes, back in my late 30s, again in my late 40s and again in the last year.  I've been using Avon Anew Ultimate Cleanser, which is for 50+ skin, for several years.  I use a wrinkle serum, currently Estee Lauder Perfectionist, then a cream, currently Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone for Dry Skin (I had to switch from the regular formula to Dry Skin formula in the last year).  About 10 mins after that, I apply Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream.  At night I use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum instead of Perfectionist, but the rest of the routine is the same:  cleanser, serum, moisturizer, then heavy moisturizer.

Two mornings a week instead of my regular cleanser, I use Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser followed by their Super Restorative Comfort Mask.

It is a LOT of products, and it costs a lot.  However since I started using better products, I have never had a problem with dry skin and I get lots of compliments on my skin, and many suprised looks when people learn my age.  I'm vain enough to prefer that to looking in a mirror and seeing dry, old-looking skin.  I don't make a fuss about it and never mention it unless someone asks me about it. I'm not a product junkie, and I'm not in search of perfection - I try to stick with products I can easily get at my local Macy's or online.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-21-2014
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 6:34pm

Hi,  I love the Fixx line.  Fixx Microdermabrasion  is gentle, yet feels so good and I cant go a day without Fixx Stem Cell Serum,  the texture of my skin changed almost instantly.  I can't believe this stuff isnt more expensive!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 9:18pm

What are the changes that you are seeing? Do you think that the Cetaphil is making the changes worse? And how old is "older"?

When I was 49 I was diagnosed with Rosacea and told to wash with a soap-free cleanser such as Cetaphil. I prefer one called Aquanil but it is more expensive and harder to locate than Cetaphil (I buy it online). I have to be very careful about which lotions and sunblocks I use. Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizer doesn't exacerbate the Rosacea so I have stuck with it, so far so good even since they added some new ingredients in the past year. For sunscreen I use Neutrogena ultra sheer SPF 50. The "sport" formulas of that brand sometimes caused flare ups, and need a sandblaster to remove. Before the Rosacea (which coincided with peri-menopause) I could use almost anything on my face without a problem. I don't have the sensitivity around my eyes, for day I use L'Oreal Age Perfect and for night Clinique All About Eyes Rich. My skin on my entire body is getting noticably drier as I age (I'm now 61) which is why I added the Rich formula eye cream a few years ago. 

My mother always had lovely skin and she swore by Yardley oatmeal bar soap. Other people like a pure glycerin bar soap. You want to stay away from harsh drying cleansers intended for acne but probably anything gentle would be okay for cleaning. I think the lotions can be more problematic, especially when they have various "anti-aging" or "firming" ingredients which can cause reactions.

I hope that you get your skin checked annually for moles and suspicious growths, either by your regular doctor or by a dermatologist. At that time you can ask the doctor about the skin changes you are seeing and get suggestions for products that would be appropriate.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Wed, 02-26-2014 - 9:18am

Thanks everone. I appreciate you taking time to reply.


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-12-2014
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 8:44am

I would look into anti-aging treatments. The better ones can reverse the appearance of aging.


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