If you’ve reached age 50 or so, you may notice that you just don’t have the same glow you did when you were younger. You may be experiencing roughness, fine lines, sagging, dullness, and more. There are certain steps you may want to take to care for your skin at this age, since the traditional cleansing, toning, and moisturizing may not be enough. Read on to learn more about how to care for your skin if you are 50 or over.
The majority of women who are over 50 tend to have skin that’s more dry than it was when they were younger. Be sure to use gentle cleansers that don’t strip the skin. Go for lotion or cream formulas that can be rinsed off or wiped off with a tissue, as they will leave the natural oil layer of the skin in tact. You may want to occasionally use “double duty” cleansers that exfoliate with mild alpha hydroxy acids or jojoba beads. They are best used at nighttime.
Some common characteristics of skin in its 50s are loss of elasticity, dullness, and dark spots (hyperpigmentation). In order to take care of these issues, a more potent skin care product than just a moisturizer is needed. This is where serums come in handy. They are concentrated treatment formulas made to address individual skin problems. Making serum part of your daily and nightly skin care regimen will give care to the skin problems that are most affecting you.
Look for Special Ingredients
For example, if you have fine lines, look for a retinoid, which will work to resurface the skin. They are best used at night and also increase cellular activity in the dermis and help with loss of elasticity that is so common in the 50s.
If you struggle with sagging skin, vitamin C is a great choice because it helps with the production of collagen.
And alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) will help with dull skin by resurfacing and unclogging pores.
This might be the most important step in your skincare regimen. This will help replenish the natural oils on the skin’s surface which often diminish in the 50s because of estrogen loss. The greatest moisturizers will include things like vitamins C and E, and additional antioxidants such as green tea and exfoliants like AHAs, and humectants such as SPF and hyaluronic acid (HA). For nighttime lotions look for ones with retinoids and AHAs.
Don’t forget to wear SPF consistently. Use an SPF of 30 or higher that is broad spectrum to protect you against both UVA and UVB rays.