Taking care of your skin over 50 is more than just vanity. Women over 50 have unique skin care needs that are often related to 4 factors: chronological aging, environmental damage, sun exposure, and the loss of estrogen after menopause.
A good rule of thumb to remember if you're a woman over 50 is protect your skin in the morning and repair your skin at night.
1. Use a cleanser only at night
It's not necessary to cleanse with a cleanser both morning and night. While nighttime is an absolute MUST, using something to freshen and cleanse gently, such as micellar water in the morning is great. Be sure to follow with a great serum and a moisturizer with sunscreen.
2. Vitamin C is your best friend
The key ingredient for brightening up a dull complexion and helping to fade sunspots is vitamin C. It helps treat and fight free radical damage that causes oxidative stress and skin aging. This powerhouse antioxidant also works to fade away hyperpigmentation.
3. Find an oil to fall in love with-even if you have oily skin
Women over 50 know face oils are more than just a hot trend in skin care today. Everyone's talking about their favorite oils and what works best for their skin types. Many have learned the benefits of using our "Your Own Custom Blend" every night and how it leaves their skin feeling plump and glowing. It's the perfect finishing touch to your skincare routine.
4. Don't forget your Neck
The aging process takes a toll on our skin, especially our necks. With exposure to environmental factors like pollution and UV rays, collagen production diminishes leaving us with loose folds or wrinkles where there once was smoothness in tone.
Retinol is a must for women over 50. It speeds up the process of cell turnover for a younger, more vibrant complexion. It's a key to more a more youthful looking neck and chest (decollete) area.
Another ingredient to look for in your neck products are peptides. When applied topically, peptides are easily absorbed and help us produce what's called fibroblast cells, otherwise known as collagen factories. Collagen support in areas like our neck and also around the eyes; where skin tissue is more delicate, is important.
Peptides also play well with other perfect-aging ingredients, such as antioxidants and retinol. Peptides are key to maintaining the health of your skin. Make sure your skincare products include peptides.
5. Change up your skincare routine for Winter/Fall and Spring/Summer
As temperatures, humidity levels, and sun exposure change with each season, so too should your skincare. We all know our skin feels dry in the Winter, and during the summer skin can feel a little more oily.
How often do you change your skincare? We recommend changing to a lighter moisturizer in the spring/summer and back to a heavier cream during the winter months. One thing that never changes is sun protection all year round!
6. Check your skin regularly for skin cancers
The fact is, most of us sunbathed in our youth (before we knew better, right?). Early detection of cancers, that can often look like age spots or freckles, is key to having a removal process that won't leave scarring.
Bonus tip: Now is the perfect time to invest in your skin by using skincare products that were created with women over 50 in mind. Your future self will thank you for it!