Skincare in your 50’s and Beyond

Aging is a demon, but you don’t have to give in gracefully to the ravages of time. Hopefully you’ve been preparing for older skin over the years by using heavy creams and lotions to ensure your skin was protected against drying agents and the sun. Sunscreen alone can take ten years of damage by the time you hit fifty or sixty. By the time you’re in your fifties, however, you’re likely taking better care of your skin than you were in your twenties, and that’s definitely a good thing.

Older skin tends to be drier. This is both a blessing and a curse. You probably won’t be afflicted with acne any more, but you might have trouble with dry patches and even eczema or other skin conditions that cause flaking and dryness. You should have a regular appointment with a dermatologist to determine the best lotions for your skin type to balance the aging process and patchiness.

This is also a great time to start scaling back on make up and looking more to long-term solutions. Make up has an unfortunate habit of settling into and showing off wrinkles. Scale back on bases and powders that are unflattering and spend more time with your mascara wand and eyebrow pencil. Keep your face moist and play up your best features.

If you’re of a mind, you can also consult with your dermatologist about various skin care treatments. Laser treatments and peels are reasonably priced and can lift years off your face and help to smooth out wrinkles and lines in a single visit. Facials, peels and laser treatments are increasingly becoming part of our methods for encouraging skin to stay young and healthy while accepting that our bodies simply can’t stay young all by themselves any more.