We tend to regard the changes to our skin our fifties grace us with as an unpleasant sign of aging. However, with the proper skincare routine, our skin can remain plump and healthy, even if it may no longer be as smooth as it once was.
Let’s take a look at some basic principles of caring for mature skin.
Serums and moisturizers are a staple at any age. But as we grow older, switching to a richer product that has more potent ingredients is usually the best course of action.
Oils are quite popular, as they can lock hydration in more efficiently.
The key is to take stock of your skin’s actual needs and go from there. You may be experiencing dryness in certain areas, or you may need something that combats sunspots. The skincare industry has finally reached a point where brands tailor products to specific groups and there’s less generalization. You can now look for products not only according to your age category but skin issues as well. Needless to say, finding the right kinds of products is far easier now.
It’s easy to forget to apply our face products to our neck and chest while we’re young, but as we get older, these are the areas that tend to show signs of aging. So, taking care of them just as well becomes more important.
You don’t have to invest in any special products, though. Just repeat the same steps you use on your face on your neck and chest, and you’ll be able to combat any unwelcome wrinkles.
We should all be using SPF every day, whether it’s summer or winter. And yet, this is the one step we usually neglect. But as the sun’s damage can be much more pronounced as we get older, it’s essential to finally add that protecting factor into our daily routine.
You can either use a moisturizer that already has SPF, apply a foundation with SPF if you are using one, or get a separate product. Typically, SPFs used to leave our skin clogged up and came with quite the white cast. But these days, they are much lighter, and some of them even come with skin-perfecting properties.
The less is more maxim certainly holds true when it comes to skincare. Just because a product is working well on your skin doesn’t mean you need to start applying extra amounts. Too much of a good thing can clog your pores, and if we’re talking about retinol, it can even cause dryness and redness.
Always read the label and follow it to the T. Also, make sure you read up on the kinds of products that shouldn’t be used together. For example, niacinamide and Vitamin C products should never be applied at the same time. And don’t forget the SPF!
The one habit that has a profound impact on our skin is the amount of water we drink. If your body is dehydrated, your skin will show the signs.
Although using a moisturizer is fundamental, feeding your skin on the outside won’t be able to counteract any dehydration on the inside. So take that water bottle with you and make sure you are drinking enough.
Skincare ads and marketing campaigns are getting more and more attractive with each passing year. It’s really no wonder we want to try everything out. However, our skin needs time to get used to a new product and a new routine, and we will rarely be able to see results overnight.
When introducing a new product to your skincare regimen, make sure you give it plenty of time to work. Don’t keep switching products around every day. It’s okay to use a different cleanser or toner, as well as serums and moisturizers, but targeted treatments will often need weeks to make any significant impact. So, don’t give up on them just because they haven’t worked yet.
Skincare for the 50+ age group has never been this exciting. There are new products coming out every season, and they’re getting more and more effective as we speak.
Remember that your skin has specific needs, other than the anti-aging (or rather, pro-aging) ones you’re trying to fulfill. So, always shop based on skin type, and enjoy your daily pampering routines to the max.