As we age, our skincare needs start to change. Here’s what you can do to keep your mature skin in good condition and glowing after 50.
As we get older, our minds and bodies undergo numerous changes. With age comes wisdom and maturity, and often more contentment and stability. However, the changes that occur in our bodies, both inside and on the outside, can be less pleasant. And our now mature skin is no exception.
Mature skin maintenance
By age 50, your skin has entered the ‘mature skin’ category.
This is because it’s around this age that there are some significant internal and external changes taking place. According to Mayo Clinic, the average age women in the USA enter into menopause is 51, the side effects of which can also impact your skin due to plummeting estrogen levels. Some of these include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crepey texture
This, combined with the gradual decrease in collagen that starts in your 20s, can make mature skin feel uncomfortable and look lackluster.
Fortunately, there are plenty of skincare products and ingredients that can keep skin looking and feel fresh at 50, and beyond! Here are five tips to keeping your complexion youthful and radiant. Because as they say: age is just a number!
Protect with SPF
Even if you have been less than vigilant in the past when it comes to wearing sunscreen, it’s never too late to start! Not only should you be applying it every morning, by reapplying it every two hours, especially if you are spending time outdoors.
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Check your cleanser
Think all cleansers are the same? Wrong! Not all face washes are made equal, nor are they effective yet gentle when it comes to removing traces of makeup and bacteria. Mature skin tends to be drier and can benefit from a non-stripping formula, such as a cream or oil variety.
One of the reasons that mature skin can appear dull is due to a buildup of dead skin cells. They become thicker with age and don’t flake off at quite the same speed as they once did. Exfoliating your face and body about once a week can help to keep your skin smooth and buildup at bay.
If you haven’t been using retinoids up until now, there’s no better time to start. Retinol – a form of vitamin A – is the only topical product that has been proven to smooth fine lines and texture. Incorporate it into your routine slowly to avoid a reaction.
Try professional procedures
When it comes to keeping your skin healthy and glowing, several non-invasive procedures can help to turn back, or freeze, the clock. Whether these are injectables, chemical peels, or laser treatments, the results are customizable and natural when performed correctly.