As we age, lots of things about our bodies change too. Sometimes, the most apparent changes show up
in our skin, and skincare after age 50 becomes even more important. Of course, beauty is always from
within, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take some simple steps to make sure our fabulous 50s+ skin
matches our inner gorgeous too.
Sunscreen Is A Must
If only we could go back and tell ourselves to WEAR SUNSCREEN, right? Most of the sun damage we
experience in our entire lives happens by the time we’re 20! Raise your hand if you thought you would
live and have smooth skin forever then. Sun damage is the number one reason we have wrinkles,
freckles, age spots and cancers, and it’s more important than ever to wear some SPF every day. Choose
one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and choose something that protects your skin with physical
barrier (zinc/titanium dioxide) rather than chemical (which the FDA cautions against). Find something
that you can put on underneath your makeup and don’t forget to use on your hands and chest, as
they’re the number one places our skin betrays our age! Consider using a tinted sunscreen under your
daily makeup to have a little less ‘shiny’ look and more blend-ability with your makeup routine.
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Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Drinking water is so important, no matter our age. But as we age, we actually find ourselves feeling less
and less thirsty. Our bodies tell us we don’t need as much water, but that’s simply not true. Good
hydration is what an emergency room doctor will look for when they pull skin from your hands, and it’s
the same thing a dermatologist will look for as they assess your face and the skin’s ability to bounce back
and stay smoother. Water hydrates our cells, which hydrates our body’s largest organ—the skin. That
plays out in fresher, smoother, glowing facial skin. It’s the most natural thing you can do, and believe it
or not, dermatologists will tell you it’s their number one go-to for having gorgeous skin at any age.
Choose Cleansers and Moisturizers Wisely
As we’ve said, our skin becomes drier and drier as we age because we produce less body oil and have
less cell turnover—particularly after menopause. If you’re lucky enough to have oily skin, choose a
cleanser and a moisturizer that works to keep that oil production balanced but in your favor. If you have
drier skin, you’ll want to find cleansers and moisturizers that utilize natural oils (coconut, jojoba, argan)
to keep your skin fresh and smooth.
When washing your face, use lukewarm water—hot water will strip your skin of precious oils. Creamy
cleansers and moisturizers tend to hydrate and freshen skin the best, and a thick and moisturizing cream
will lock in moisture the best. Moisturizer at least twice a day needs to be a must in your routine, and
thicker at night is better.
Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid can plump your skin in the process. Choose soaps that are made of
natural ingredients and oils for your overall body wash—even consider creamy body washes to keep
your entire body hydrated and moist. Skin is important for our immune health as well as our
appearance, and taking care to keep it moisturized is key.
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Only Exfoliate The Skin You Want To Glow
As we mature, the outer layer of our skin thickens. It’s full of dead skin anyway, so exfoliation takes that
thicker skin away and reveals the fresher, youthful skin. During summer months, exfoliating once or
twice a week is pretty good—but if your skin gets dry or flaky, do more. During the winter, you may find
you need to exfoliate daily. Using a dry brush to exfoliate before you shower actually helps your after-
shower moisturizer stays on and absorbs better.
When it comes to your skin, facial scrubs are not necessarily must-dos, but if you want your skin to feel
ahh-mazing and look it’s best, you’ll want to do a facial scrub to exfoliate. Remember how grandma used
to mix sugar and olive oil together for a DIY homemade facial? That’s because she knew the key to
glowing skin was removing dead skin cells and rejuvenating the new fresh ones.
Choose A Good Cream
There are some pretty amazing creams out there, but the thing is, they all promise to do the same
thing—erase wrinkles, make you look like you’re in your 20s, etc.
The reality is that the best creams (particularly around the delicate and thin eye skin) are the super
moisturizing ones. The thicker, the better, and the more natural oils they have, the better still. Using
ones with hyaluronic acid and Retin A can show some results, as well as ones with natural supplements
like Vitamin C or Vitamin E. Just know some of the Retin A creams can make your skin super dry and
flaky, so use with caution. There are many creams on the market and pricey at that—just remember that
our best skin offense is a good defense in the form of sun protection and hydration first.
Pulling Out The Big Guns
Does Botox work? Yes, it does. It freezes the wrinkles in your face and keeps you looking smoother.
Sometimes, combined with fillers, you can look several years younger—particularly if you do
Botox/fillers on your forehead and around your crow’s feet. Botox and fillers help the appearance of fat
loss in your cheeks and lifts your eyes to make them look more awake and younger. You can get rid of
the “Angry 11s” with Botox and filler, and you only need to do so every 6-8 months.
But you also have some risk in bruising for a day or two after, as well as some discomfort in the process.
That’s why some women turn to chemical peels and lasers. While they’re costly and sometimes painful,
they’re also pretty successful in bringing some youthful appearance back to your skin. Chemical peels
can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and soften your skin tone and texture. They
typically need six or more for full effect and are less invasive than laser, but more commitment in the
The most important thing to remember when it comes to skincare after 50 is that the skin you’re in is
BEAUTIFUL because it’s yours! It’s seen you through the good and the bad of life, and you can keep it
happy and healthy with some minimal protection and TLC. So start now—get yourself a glass of water,
make sure you have sunscreen in your daily routine and treat yourself to a nice, relaxing (lukewarm)
bubble bath full of exfoliation and moisturization to follow!
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