15 Things You Should Never Do If You Want to Look Good in Your 60s

Celebrities like Christie Brinkley and Jane Seymour make turning 60 look like a dream. Their flawless skin and toned physique resemble someone far younger than someone in their 60s.

Looking this great at any age takes work, most of which does not require expensive plastic surgery. So how can you look as good as these ladies, without having to spend thousands of dollars? Plus, what should you not be doing to look good in your 60s? It may be as easy as saying “no” to page 11.

1. Sunbathe ‘naked’

Older man sunbathing on lilo

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Any sun exposure, especially without sunscreen can not only make you vulnerable to skin cancer, it can hasten wrinkles. Excessive sun exposure leads to early aging, according to Family Doctor. Slather sunscreen over any area exposed to the sun at least 30 minutes before exposure. Using SPF 15 or greater usually provides enough protection.

Next: The days of burgers and fries for lunch are over.

2. Continue eating like a teenager

Smiling older man eating pizza

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When you ate junk food as a kid you may have had a few pimples, but you were likely able to maintain a healthy weight. Unfortunately, as we age our metabolism slows and processing simple sugars and fats is far more difficult. Consider swapping pizza and ice cream with fruits and vegetables. Eating a nutrient-dense diet also helps to reduce diseases like cardiovascular, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, according to Health.gov.

Next: While you are at it, quit drinking soda.

3. Not embracing water

Woman's Hand Pouring Fresh Pure Water From Pitcher

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Want to return that healthy glow to your cheeks? It may be as simple as increasing your daily water intake. Drinking about 2.5 liters of water each day may promote the feeling of well-being, plus may reduce the fatigue, NBC News reports. Being dehydrated can make the skin lose elasticity and suppleness. Which may make you look older than you are.

Next: Becoming a couch potato.

4. Getting too comfortable

Senior couple performing yoga exercise

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If you’ve never seen the inside of the gym or had any desire to go for a jog, don’t stress out. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges found that 30 minutes of exercise starting at age 60 has direct benefits, Express reports. These benefits include disease reduction like cancer and dementia. But also improved mental and physical stamina too. That morning stiffness you feel every day will subside and your balance will improve.

Next: But don’t forget to do this when you workout.

5. Blowing off weight lifting

Active senior man working exercise in the gym.

Man at the gym | Liderina/iStock/Getty Images

Strength training in your 60s can help you maintain (or even lose) weight. However, most people would rather hop on the treadmill and zone out instead. “The missing exercise component to help those over 60 lose weight is oftentimes strength training,” trainer Carol Michaels said in a Medicare Allies blog. “This is an exercise using weights (or your own body weight) to strengthen and build muscle. It increases the size and strength of the muscle fibers and strengthens the tendons, ligaments, and bones.” Also, most people lose muscle mass as they age, which slows metabolism further. Add weight training to give muscles that extra boost.

Next: Don’t take the store Forever 21 literally.

6. Dressing like your kids

Elderly couple

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Although you’ve rocked the same style for the past 40 years, it doesn’t mean it is still working for you. You can certainly have a youthful style without thinking you and your 20-something child should be swapping clothes. Go for jeans but make sure they are a good fit, also consider integrating prints and textures into your wardrobe too. Accentuate your figure by wearing tailored-fitting clothing and avoid oversized or outfits.

Next: At the same time you don’t want to do this either.

7. Dressing like your grandparents

Old reading

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Being in your 60s today is not like it was decades ago. That means you don’t have stock your closet with elastic-waistband pants and muumuus. And while you may want to trend more conservatively, it doesn’t mean you have to add more years through clothing. Opt for neutral colors, give your outfits structure, and don’t be afraid of color, according to GQ.

Next: This may surprise you.

8. Going to the dark side

Pretty old men and women are spending time with their granddaughter

Couple with their grandkids | iStock.com/YakobchukOlena

Although you may think that with age comes more sadness or depression, the opposite is true, according to AARP. An AARP study showed that happiness increases over time starting in your 50s. However, to maintain happiness and avoid depression or “going to the dark side” you should keep up with social interactions. Also, approach new challenges head-on and have new experiences.

In fact, just smiling can boost your immune system, lower your stress, and improve your mood too, NBC News reports.

Next: Speaking of going darker…

9. Avoid these hair-coloring disasters

Smiling elderly woman comb hair and looked in the mirror

Woman brushing her hair | MilicaStankovic/Getty Images

While you may not be ready to embrace the grey, making these hair color mistakes can only make you look older. Going too dark or too ashy may make your completion look dull or even wrinkled, according to Prevention. Also, opting for a too trendy haircut can add years to your life. So can going with other extremes.

Next: What’s going on inside your body can impact what’s happening outside.

10. Not seeing a doctor

Older at doctor

Man at the doctor office | Monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Aside from taking preventative measures, seeing your doctor on a regular basis can help you find the fountain of youth. Your dermatologist can recommend anti-aging moisturizers and advise you on wrinkle prevention. Plus your general physician can check hormone levels, which may be out of whack later in life. Too little estrogen and too much testosterone can cause skin issues. Also, an underperforming thyroid may make your skin thin and brittle.

Next: Going big before without considering the dangers.

11. Opting for major plastic surgery


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You may be gung-ho to have a facelift or another procedure to make you look younger. However, before you commit to a procedure that is possibly irreversible, do your research first. Having an optional surgery can set you up for bigger problems such as infection, nerve damage, and blood loss, according to Healthline.

Doctors also warn that patients shouldn’t have plastic surgery in order to feel more beautiful, according to Shape. People who don’t like the way they look won’t find happiness in surgery and will likely still feel unhappy afterward.

Next: Chasing the Sandman every night?

12. Not getting enough sleep

Senior woman sleeping on bed in bedroom at home

Woman in bed | Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

Sleep deprivation can give you dark circles under your eyes and even shorten your life, according to Health. Plus lack of sleep can lead to dehydration, which can create a dull looking complexion. Beyond skin dullness, you may also develop eye bags, which can seriously age you too. Try to get about seven hours each night for a youthful appearance.

Next: Kick this habit now.

13. Continuing to smoke cigarettes

Man smoking a cigarette

Smoking cigarettes | iStock.com/Minerva Studio

Bottom line is smoking makes you look older, Today reports. In fact, Today compared images of twins side-by-side where one twin smoked and the other did not. The twin who smoked appeared older in the images than the one who did not. All is not lost if you do smoke. Doctors say that once you stop smoking you can reverse the aging process.

“We tell people, as soon as they stop smoking, the repair to not only to their skin but their lungs, their heart vessels — it starts to repair itself,” Dr. Robin Ashinoff, medical director of dermatologic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center told Today.

Next: Unfortunately, this is a growing problem.

14. Boozing like a college student

man drinking beer

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People in their 60s are drinking more today than decades prior, CNN reports. Not only are they drinking more, older adults are binge drinking more too. Because alcohol consumption dehydrates you, your skin suffers too, Vogue reports. In fact, 20 or 30 years of alcohol consumption can add 10 years to your life.

Next: Skipping a visit to this professional makes you look a lot less sexy.

15. Not caring for your teeth

Dentist in examination room

Man at the dentist | Sam Edwards/Getty Images

Seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help you keep your teeth in top condition. However only 40% of people around age 60 or older have seen a dentist in the last year, according to Prevention. Stained teeth or plaque buildup can only age you. The good news is you can have your teeth whitened or even consider veneers to restore your youthful smile.

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