Skin Care at Every Age: Your 50s
By the time you hit your 50s, you and your skin have both been through a lot. You’ve faced a lot of hormonal ups and downs and have seen your skin at its very best and its very worst. Still, brace yourself for new challenges ahead, as this is the decade of collagen loss, dryness, and sagging. Now, more than ever, it’s time to embrace anti-aging and products specifically designed for mature skin. Here’s how you can make the most of your skin care routine in your 50s:
Moisturize for Aging Skin
Dryness is a hallmark of aging skin. The inability to retain moisture as it once did can leave skin looking dull and deflated. Whereas you may have avoided over-moisturizing in your younger years, now is the time to fully embrace hydration in all of your skin care products. Look for daily and nighttime formulas that are designed for mature skin, but at the same time, choose cleansers and other skin care products that are gentle, non-drying, and capable of backing up your moisturizing efforts as well.
Sunscreen is Still Your Best Skin Bet
From youth on, daily sunscreen application is the one best skin care practice that doesn’t change. Of course, you may need to select a specific formula to complement your skin’s needs (brands such as Elta MD offer such options). Still, daily use of an SPF of 30 or above is not only the strongest step you can take toward avoiding skin cancer, it is also one of the smartest anti-aging tactics at your disposal.
Incorporate Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients
Ringing in your 50s also means introducing some new and important ingredients to your skin care routine. Search for product options that include anti-aging heavy hitters such as antioxidants, alpha hydroxyl acid, or retinoids to address skin damage and the tell-tale signs of age. Of course, not all skin types are the same, and while some of these ingredients may be great for you, there may be others that don’t offer the results you’re after. Talk to your dermatologist about your specific skin concerns and request their recommendations for your unique needs. They may have a specific, professional product line, such as NeoCutis, in mind, and in some cases, prescription strength treatment may be recommended.
Don’t Let Your Neck Show Your Age
While lots of attention is paid to the signs of aging on the face, there are other areas of the body that can just as easily indicate the passage of time. The skin of the neck, for instance, may become looser and begin to sag. Additionally, thin skin and age spots may affect the hands, and even lips may begin to appear thinner over time. Products that tout skin tightening and brightening capabilities may help reduce or slow these signs. Additionally, injectables such as Radiesse or Juvederm are available to treat these concerns as well.
For most women, their 50s mark a decade of skin care concerns that they have not previously encountered. However, being prepared with the right products and a knowledgeable dermatologist can help you minimize the signs of aging that begin to crop up throughout this decade. Learn more about your own skin and which products or services will be most beneficial in addressing your particular concerns by scheduling a consultation with one of the board-certified dermatologists at Dermasurgery Center.