Five Skincare Commandments For Your Fifties
The skincare problems you faced in your forties, such as pigmentation, fine lines and dryness, only become more apparent in your fifties. Fine lines have probably begun to replaced by deeper wrinkles and sun damage becomes more apparent. During this decade your skin becomes thinner, drier and more delicate, thanks to the menopause which causes a decrease in levels of oestrogen and water present in your cells. While gravity and the natural ageing process have probably taken a toll on your skin, and this process of ageing sounds quite harsh there's no reason that you still an't maintain a youthful glow throughout your fifties and beyond. After all Elle Macpherson has just hit the big 5-0, and she looks years younger than her actual age. The good news is you may already being using products to target these problems, and in this case your skincare routine may only require a few tweaks to ensure that you keep your skin looking radiant and youthful for as long as possible. If this is not the case, then it's never too late to start taking care of your skin, so check out our recommendations below.
Hydration Is Key
Moisturising is perhaps one of the most important skincare steps in your fifties, as it replaces the natural oils on the surface of your skin and prevents damage to the lipid barrier. In your fifties skin typically becomes drier due to a decrease in oestrogen. Levels of hyaluronic acid, a powerful water soluble compound which draws moisture into the skin, also decrease with age. If your skin is dry look for moisturisers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerine; a moisturising agent, or aloe barbadensis extract; an emollient and skin conditioner. The Space Anti-Age Night Renewal Cream is a great rehydrating treatment, it also contains lactic acid to exfoliate the skin which is ideal for dry skin types as the complexion can sometimes look dull due to a build-up of dead skin cells. You can enhance results by using the Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask which instantly locks moisture into the skin.
Add In A Serum
In your fifties, the skincare problems you experience in your forties are likely to be more obvious. If you suffer from pigmentation then try a brightening serum like the Celestial Black Diamond Serum, which contains arbutin to help brighten and even out skin tone. Serums are an important part of the skincare regime as they are usually formulated to target certain issues like dullness, fine lines and wrinkles and loss of elasiticty, all of which are common issues in your fifties. Serums also have the additional benefit of containing smaller particles, which allows anti-ageing ingredients to penetrate more deeply into the skin. Not only are you targeting ageing on the surface, you’re targeting it below.
Products that once might have suited you could pose sensitivity and redness issues for your skin. It is thought that oestrogen helps suppress inflammation, and now that levels are lower your skin is more prone to sensitivity. As you age skin also becomes thinner and less resilient so make sure you are not using any harsh ingredients on your face. Try swapping your facewash for a non-foaming cleanser like the Lift Off Purifying Cleanser, which will remove impurities from the skin without drying it. Acne can also sometimes be a problem for women during menopause because of the decrease in oestrogen. If you’ve found your skin is breaking out more try an acne-targeting toner like the Ground Control Anti-Blemish Tonic which contains benzyl alcohol to reduce inflammation and encourage cell renewal.
Boost Collagen Loss
In your fifties, line and wrinkles become more noticeable due to a decrease in collagen, a protein responsible for keeping the skin firm, smooth and plump. Levels of collagen decrease year on year from the age of 25, but the decrease in oestrogen also affects collagen. Look for ingredients like centella asiatica, which stimulates the production of collagen types I and III. You can find it in our Celestial Black Diamond Cream, which also contains crushed black diamond particles to transport the innovative youth-preserving ingredients deeper into the dermis to tackle ageing from within.
Continue Fighting Sun Damage
We really can’t stress the importance of wearing sun protection everyday enough. Sun damage is responsible for around 80% of premature ageing, and even if you’ve been a bit of a sun worshipper it’s still not too late to change your ways and start wearing sun protection every time you are outdoors during daylight hours. Even on cloudy days UV rays can still penetrate and damage skin leading to fine lines, wrinkles, rough skin texture and age spots. If you’re the type of person to forget layering sunscreen underneath your moisturiser every day then try a combination product like the Aqua Physics Defence Cream. It’s a lightweight moisturiser which also contains a mineral UV filter to shield skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
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