As we get older, so much about ourselves changes – our outlook on life, our priorities, our goals, and we may even develop an unwavering desire to live in leggings (just me?). Another thing that also changes greatly with age? Our skin. Mature skin, in particular, has different needs. It is therefore important to allow our beauty routine to evolve with us to ensure that we are meeting these needs and that our skin remains healthy and glowing. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best beauty, skincare, and makeup tips for people over 50 that we’ve learned from the pros below.
1. A hydrating concealer equals a more natural finish
Correctors are heroes in our makeup collection. They are always there to save the day by helping us have googly eyes and bushy tails even when we lack sleep or a pimple appears. Because as we age our skin becomes drier and loses elasticity, it can be difficult to find the perfect concealer that doesn’t wrinkle and clump together.
According to Tarryn feldman, a makeup artist based in Nashville and Los Angeles, the secret is to stay away from matte and powdery concealers and go for a creamy concealer with hydrating ingredients – think oils and acid. hyaluronic – which will help achieve a more natural finish. Some MUA approved correctors for mature skin include Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Tart Ribbon.
2. Lightweight foundation is the way to go
Likewise, choosing the right kind of foundation for mature skin is also essential for a natural finish. Makeup artist Sharandy Osei-tutu said previously Good + good than foundations that are moisturizing and light, and saying things like “hydrating,” “luminous,” or “buildable coverage” on the label are ideal. Specific foundations MUAs love for mature skin include Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation, and Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Longwear Moisturizing Foundation.
3. Avoid salicylic acid at all costs
While salicylic acid is touted as a great skin care ingredient recommended for combating acne, it is not recommended for mature skin. If you are over 50, dermatologists advise you to avoid salicylic acid as it can be very drying. There is one caveat, however: oily skin at any age can benefit. For normal to dry mature skin tones, however, Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, cosmetic dermatologist and founder of PFRANKMD, previously recommended using a trio of skin care products in its place: sunscreen, hydration and antioxidant serum.
4. Add vitamin K to your skin care routine, stat
Vitamin K is the lesser-known skin care ingredient that every woman over 50 should use under her eyes. Vitamin K helps minimize the appearance of dark circles and reduces the appearance of sagging, wrinkles and bags under the eyes. And, bonus points: it also helps retain moisture.
5. Use These Four Skin Care Ingredients Daily
In addition to vitamin K, dermatologists also recommend that people over 50 incorporate four key ingredients for skin care into their routine: and stimulate collagen production), hyaluronic acid (to retain l moisture) and vitamin C (to synthesize collagen).
6. Go for gentle skin care gadgets
Because mature skin is thinner due to decreased collagen and elastin production, dermatologists recommend avoiding skin care devices that feature aggressive exfoliation or pull and pull hard on the skin. Devices like the BeautyBio GloPro Microneedling Facial Regeneration Tool and the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device get a dermatological approval stamp for skin over 50 years old.
7. A minimalist skin care routine is best.
While one might think that more skin care products are needed to maintain a healthy, mature complexion and feel great, the opposite is true. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD, a certified dermatologist and founder of Mudgil Dermatology, previously told Well + Good that a common mistake people make is using too many products in their skin care routine. “As we age, our skin doesn’t hydrate as well and, as a result, its natural protective barrier is impaired,” he says. “It is for this reason that our skin can become more sensitive as we accumulate wisdom.”
Instead, he recommends keeping your skin care regimen minimal to avoid irritation. “A good sunscreen, a mild retinoid or retinol at night, and a solid moisturizer with hyaluronic acid or ceramides are really all that everyone needs,” he says.
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