Skincare Through the Years - A Guide to Looking After Your Skin in Your 50's
Proper skincare is something we should all be concerned with, but with so many products on the market and so much information all around us it is sometimes hard to find the ultimate product or skincare routine that suits us best. What’s more, your general skin type can change over time, which means your skin will definitely have different requirements when you’re 25, 45 or 75 years old.
Thank goodness for the internet, because we don’t all have hundreds of pounds a month we can spend on expensive skincare products and treatments. However, it’s also easy to get lost when browsing the world wide web for information. That is why we have set up this series of articles about Skincare Through the Years, in which we talk about skincare facts and the best beauty products for every age group.
Skincare in your 50s – The Breakdown
Congratulations, you have been on planet earth for over half a century! Even though you’ve reached a time in your life where you maybe don’t feel comfortable telling people your age, it’s still quite an accomplishment and something to be proud of. And let’s not forget, age is just a number. So don’t be afraid to pick up tap dancing or go to Disneyland and enjoy the attractions and shows just as much as your children (or grandchildren) do!
But there is a downside. Even though you’re still young at heart, your skin might give away all the life experience you’ve had. If you’ve been taking good care of your skin, you may be lucky enough to look a lot younger that your actual age. If not, don’t start worrying just yet, because there are still many beauty products that can nourish and repair your skin and make you look as young as you feel.
The biggest change women in their 50s undergo is the menopause. Sadly, this doesn’t just mean having those vile hot flushes, but due to the steady decline in estrogen there is a reduced production of collagen which results in much drier skin. Using both a day cream and a night cream is fundamental. You might also want to look into moisturisers and make up with inflammation-calming antioxidants such as vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea and resveratrol (which can be found in foods including red grapes, nuts, blueberries and cranberries).
Let’s elaborate on the topic of tea for a bit, because not only are they effective antioxidants, black, green, oolong and white tea also have many anti-ageing benefits. Especially white tea which helps to prevent the breakdown of elastin and collagen and thus prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. So go ahead and make yourself a cup of delicious tea!
Last but not least, we’ll mention the beauty rule that applies to every age, which is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. We know we are just repeating ourselves here, but we cannot stress the importance of SPF enough. Whether it’s Winter or Summer time, UV rays always find a way to break through the clouds, so protect your skin and don’t be fooled by the bad weather.
Now, in case you’ve grown weary of continuously reading about skincare routines and which products are best for your age, we have some good news. When you’re in your 60s or 70s you can pretty much stick to the same routine as in your 50s. Just continue focusing on hydrating and firming your skin. As your age your skin might become thinner and more vulnerable though, so you might want to use specific products for sensitive skin.
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