Skin Care for Women in Their 50’s: Embracing Golden Age

women-50sAging is a complicated process-inevitable and not really something welcome to our golden age. In no way is any skin change universal, as we all have individual processes for aging. However, one thing is for certain – over time our skin loses volume. How do we embrace the most out of our golden years before resorting to surgery and facial peels? Follow this guide.

  1. Rich vitamins, minerals and water. These are the essential building blocks that your body especially needs in later years to repair itself and boost the stem cells needed to keep your foundational beauty strong.
  2. Thicker moisturizer to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. “Women in their 50s should opt for thicker moisturizers because lighter, oil-free products are no longer thick enough”, explains Alexiades-Armenakas, a celebrity dermatologist. Women in their golden age don’t have to worry about products that will clog pores because their estrogen production levels aren’t what they used to be. To get the best coverage of moisturizer and sun screen, look for the products that contain more oil, as they now provide the best hydration for your skin. Creams and serums can only do so much at this point in the years of your beauty as a good moisturizer will enhance the tone and prevent the sagging that occurs later in age. It’s also important to note that after menopause, the oil production of your skin and cell turn over increases-which means drier skin and more wrinkles than you may have experienced in your 30s or 40s. A hefty moisturizer can help subside this process over time.
  3. Protect yourself from the Sun. Only 40.3% of women between the ages of 55 and 64 use sunscreen, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. From the same source, in 2015, around 73,000 people will be diagnosed with skin cancer, most of which are in their older years. Sunscreen doesn’t just prevent sun cancer. After years of sun exposure, the top layer of our skin becomes sticky and collects cells layer after layer that contain pigments that become darker as more cells are added. This is also why exfoliation is so vital in older years. Make sure to invest in a dual-action moisturizer and sunscreen with an SPF of 15. If applied year round, you could take years off of your age.
  4. More exfoliation. In your 20s, you’re told not to exfoliate too much as it might irritate your skin. Now, the tides have turned and the opposite is true. As we go through the aging process, the layer of dead skin we have thickens year by year. You should not only invest in a good facial scrub to use around twice a week, but you should also exfoliate the rest of your skin. To do this, obtain a good dry brush and a body scrub. Make sure to always follow up with a moisturizer.
  5. Retinol. Retinol treats a variety of aging issues – it aids in diminishing brown spots, increases exfoliation, increases collagen production, increase the thickness of the epidermis (the outside layer of the skin). You can get a prescription for retinol or you can invest in retinol-based products at your convenient store.