What’s the Best Skin Care Routine in your 50s?
Whether you’re a skin care minimalist or maximalist your routine is likely to change over the years. In fact, every time you enter a new decade, you should change your skincare routine.
In your 50s, hormones (or lack thereof) are playing havoc introducing all sorts of skin related changes, from losing skin resilience, making skin dry and irritated, and looking less bright. Let’s look at the best ingredients and skin care routine to use if you over the age of 50.
Cleanse and, Yes, Tone
The best skin care for women over 50 begins with daily face washing. Mature skin should be treated with a mild, non-irritating cleanser that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. For those with dryer skin, add a gel or cream-based cleanser into your routine to give you that extra hit of hydration and help with barrier protection. Look for skin protective ingredients like ceramides and botanical actives like Aloe Vera or Avocado Oil. Follow cleansing with a pH Balancing toner, this is going to balance your skin and give it an extra layer of moisture and acts as a carrier for the skin care steps to follow.
Restore Volume Loss with Extra Moisture
As our skin ages, we need to make use of richer, more emollient creams and serums to hydrate, calm and brighten skin. Look for moisturizers that contain ceramides and oils to help replenish the skins natural lipid barrier. Ceramides are lipids and fats that are found naturally in high concentrations in the uppermost layers of the skin and are the body’s natural moisturizer. Age and sun damage reduce the effectiveness of your skin’s natural ceramides and weaken the skin barrier so its important to replace what you’re losing by incorporating rich moisturizers loaded with lipids, fats, and oils into your nighttime routine.
Treat Hyperpigmentation and Wrinkles
For hyperpigmentation and wrinkles look for ingredients like Retinol and Curcumin. Retinol is derivative of Vitamin A and when applied topically, promotes skin renewal, brightens skin tone, clearing up hyperpigmentation, and aids in production of collagen. If using Retinol in the daytime, always follow with an SPF as Retinol makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Curcumin is another ingredient to incorporate into your skin card routine in your 50s. An anti-inflammatory found in Turmeric, Curcumin protects the skin by fighting off free radicals and evens skin tone from UV induced damage. Studies have shown this antioxidant has a positive effect on collagen and tissue health which in turn, can help increase elasticity and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
To shield against skin cancer and further damage to your skin (fine lines, deep wrinkles, discoloration, and texture abnormalities) use a sunscreen every day with a minimum SPF of 30.
Serum with antioxidants, EPI-gN Serum
Mask to Optimize All
Hydration and moisture are the key to beautiful skin, and masks are a great way to hydrate your skin and lock in moisture. Besides the obvious benefits of walking around the house with a sheet mask hanging from your face and frightening the neighbours, masks can be extended down to your decolletage, so you can give your neck the care it deserves. Masks can also be tailored to your needs, if you’re feeling like you need a little extra oomph, chose a tightening or brightening mask and look for ingredients like Peptides and Vitamin C. If your skin is feeling a little dry, look for masks that contain Hyaluronic Acid or Aloe Vera for the ultimate hit of hydration.