No matter what your age is, the inevitable changes to your skin can quite often take you by surprise. Once you reach 50, you may notice that more fine lines and wrinkles start to appear on your skin. Menopause takes a significant toll on our bodies; you experience a steady decline in estrogen, which, in turn, causes a decline in your body’s collagen production and with it your skin’s elasticity, moisture and glow seem to disappear overnight. That is why it is high time to fight back. Hormonal therapy aimed at raising estrogen levels is a safe option for many women. However, you can start your own treatment at home which is focused on strengthening your skin and encouraging its collagen production by adding a few simple steps to your everyday beauty regimen.
Cleanse and exfoliate
Harsh soaps and hot water do you no favors at this age, so lower the water temperature and only wash your face at night, in order to preserve the natural levels of moisture in your skin. In order to rinse away dirt and makeup, while replenishing your skin with essential nutrients, opt for a low- or no-foam cleanser and look for hydrating ingredients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Products which contain natural exfoliants, such as alpha hydroxy acids, might be the best option for getting rid of dead skin, clearing up menopausal acne and stimulating collagen production. Even in your 50s, your skin cells are constantly regenerating, and regular exfoliationencourages that process. Exfoliation also creates a canvas that allows all of your skin care products to sink into your skin more easily.
Moisturizing is quite possibly the most important step in your skin care regimen, as dry skin tends to exaggerate the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and textures. Moisturizers replenish the lipids on the surface of the skin, which are weakened in your fifties due to the loss of estrogen. Whether you decide on a rich cream, a lightweight lotion or a hydrating serum, remember to find a formula you are most comfortable with, which is rich in lipids, omega fatty acids and polyphenols. Nowadays, well-formulated creams are made to be multipurpose – not only do they hydrate your skin, but they revive your complexion as well. That is why you may want to read the ingredient lists carefully and look for ingredients such as collagen-boosting vitamin C, plumping peptides, radiance-enhancing enzymes and anti-inflammatory niacinamide, in order to restore your skin’s healthy glow.
Treat problematic areas
Investing in quality skin care products should be a priority in your beauty routine, especially when it comes to problematic areas of your face. If you haven’t already, you should incorporate an eye cream into your regimen immediately. Besides the appearance of dark circles and crow’s feet, the skin around the eyes tends to become crepey in your 50s due to collagen loss. The mouth also tends to be an area that bothers women in their 50s, as lines and folds start to appear, and the skin around the mouth and chin starts to sag. That is why you should go for products that contain collagen boosters, such as retinoids, peptides, or glycolic acid, in order to treat your problematic areas properly and restore your skin’s natural bounce.
Think about a retinol routine
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that is commonly used to slow down the process of aging skin. It also comes in different forms, such as retinal, retinoic acid and retinyl ester. Years of research have shown that these compounds promote cell regeneration and stimulate the production of new collagen, which decreases the depth of wrinkles, smoothes the surface of the skin and lessens the appearance of dark spots. If you are new to retinol, start slowly – in the beginning, apply it every other night and gradually increase the use over time. Retinoids can sometimes make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so make sure to always apply them at night, and don’t forget that a daily sunscreen should also be an integral part of your beauty regimen.
Don’t forget your neck
There is no real need for a separate product specifically designed for your neck, but you should put something on your neck every day. The skin on our neck is thin and it lacks oil glands, not to mention that it is at a great gravitational disadvantage, which makes it especially prone to dryness, wrinkles and sagging. One advice would be to find the thickest cream you can, even if it is just a hand cream, and apply a generous dose on your neck twice a day. You can also apply a drop of moisturizing retinol once or twice a week, in order to thicken the skin on your neck and follow it with a ceramide-based cream to help offset skin irritation.
This guest post was graciously provided by Scarlet Gratton. Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at ripped.me interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.