Skincare in your 50s is all about maintainence and consistency, as a lot of your skin's natural processes tend to slow down dramatically. So your skincare should help support your skin as well as targeting any specific concerns. I'm sharing my advice for the best skincare routine in your 50s and beyond.
What Skin Concerns Arise in your 50s?
This is the decade when your skin starts to show the signs of sun damage from the previous years. You are very likely to see signs of wrinkles and lines, loss of firmness and uneven skin tone as well as pigmentation and age spots.
Women going through menopausal changes will also notice a difference in their skin type and sensitivity, as well as more redness due to symptoms such as hot flushes.
Another common change is a result of your oestrogen levels decreasing; it can have a significant effect on your skin's moisturising factors and sebum production leading to drier skin.
Although ageing is inevitable, there are a few things you can do which will help your concerns so you can look just as young as you feel.
Anti-ageing skincare can work in 2 ways: to slow down further signs of ageing and to help reduce lines, wrinkles and marks that have already arisen. There are some essential ingredients to look out for to target specific issues.
- Look for creams which contain Collagen and Elastin stimulators as these are the 2 elements that suffer significantly as you age; your skin slows down their production, which as a result leads to sagging and development of lines and wrinkles.
- Retinoids (otherwise known as Vitamin A) and peptides are some great ingredients to keep an eye out for when trying to . I have explained all about the benefits of Vitamin A but it helps to heal and protect your skin, targeting scars, lines and marks.
- For pigmentation and marks, products containing ingredients like Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Vitamin C and Azelaic Acid are brilliant for helping to even out skin tone and calm any signs of hyperpigmentation.
The Best Skincare Regime for Your 50s
To help your skin looks it best, you should ensure you have a consistent anti ageing skincare routine that helps t o nourish and protect your skin.
You should be thinking about boosting your hydration and moisture levels at all stages of your skincare routine. Opt for cleansers which are milk based or use oil-based balms to remove dirt and makeup. These are gentle and effective yet non-drying and therefore ideal to use during your 50s.
Using a muslin cloth to remove your cleanser can also be beneficial as this also helps to gently exfoliate your skin without irritation. Just be careful not to use hot water or use the cloth harshly on your skin as this can lead to sensitivity.
Get in the habit of a deep cleanse every night and follow this with a toner. Toners are a great step to include in your skincare as they can provide additional hydration, a boost of antioxidants and intense cleansing to remove all traces of dirt and oils.
This is another important step to adopt as your skin ages. As your natural skins process slow down, exfoliation can help to improve rejuvenation and cell turnover. Go for gentler formulas containing Glycolic Acid or soft spherical beads to make sure you do not irritate your skin.
Aim to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. Exfoliation is also great to pair with anti-ageing skincare, as it allows better absorption of other products into your skin.
To look its best, your skin needs all the moisture and nourishment it can get. Look for serums which contain antioxidants as these can help with any puffiness or redness, both of which are a common concern in your 50s. Hydrating serums are also great as these are able to penetrate much deeper in to your skin and can help to plump up cells.
Get in the habit of moisturising twice a day. Look for a richer formula at night to allow your skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture.
Another great way to optimise hydration is by using masks. They tend to stay in contact with your skin longer and can help to give your skin a quick boost.