Turning 50 is a huge milestone in itself. While age is just a number and one should always feel young at heart, being extra considerate towards your skin’s ever-changing needs can help determine the severity of skin aging. Wrinkles, fine lines, saggy skin, etc. are all part of the skin aging process, you can’t run from it, neither you can delay it for a longer period, but you certainly have the power to determine its severity, and that highly depends on your lifestyle choices.
While your skin’s needs keep changing with time, you don’t always have to buy new skincare products every time you turn a year older. However, giving your skin the best care from the beginning of your adult life definitely helps make a huge difference to your skin and slightly reduces the possibility of having to deal with repercussions of negligence later on in life. But now that you are in your 50s, you should reconsider your skincare routine and rebuild it according to your skin’s wants and needs so that you can flaunt beautiful skin throughout your 50s.
Ahead, we have jotted down a list of some changes every woman in her 50s should make in her skincare routine.
Up the hydration level
Most skin woes are a direct or indirect consequence of dryness. The skin metabolism decreases as you age, and the barrier function also becomes less efficient, causing your skin to lose more water more rapidly. Additionally, your aging skin fails to produce sebum and lipid in the desired amount. These factors collectively cause your skin to feel so much drier, hence the need to up the hydration. It’s essential to include restoring moisturizing creams and serums in your skincare routine in order to provide the best hydration to your skin, which in turn, will help improve your skin barrier function, and thereby preventing hydration loss. Look for products that contain hydrating and nourishing ingredients like glycerine, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides.
Retinol will help
Retinol is one of the most popular skincare ingredients out there, and that has a lot to do with the fact that this ingredient is proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines on the skin. Other than restoring the skin’s appearance and improving cell turnover, retinol is also known to improve the skin tone and boost collagen production. If you have been using retinol-based products, then you need to be consistent with them. However, if you are yet to include retinol in your routine, then start slow and use products with retinol in a lower concentration. Once your skin has gotten accustomed to this ingredient, you can increase the frequency and concentration.
SPF is much more important now than ever
SPF will always remain an imperative part of your skincare routine, no matter the age. However, wearing SPF becomes even more important when you are in your 50s, considering your skin becomes more prone to rosacea flare-ups, inflammation, and irritation. Additionally, menopause leads to a compromised natural defense mechanism of your skin, making your skin more prone to photodamage due to UV rays. Therefore, you should always use your SPF to offer protection to your delicate skin against harmful UV rays.
Stop using foaming products
Foaming products are one of the leading causes of excessive dryness, therefore, it’s best to stop using them and swap them with cleansing balms or cream cleansers to make sure that your skin isn’t being robbed of its essentials oils and moisture. Apart from dryness, these foaming products also lead to sensitivity, which could be worse for those with sensitive skin or the ones who are prone to redness. Hence, the best thing to do here is to avoid using foaming products and swap them with gentler and hydrating options.