Whether you’re a skincare minimalist or maximalist, your regimen is likely to change in the long run as you adapt it to your needs. By the nature of time and gravity, the markers of aging – deep wrinkles, sunspots, crepe texture and loss of volume – present themselves most visibly starting in their 40s, which is why many are looking to revise their routines. above the neck in search of the best skincare for women over 50. From the best way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles to the most robust brightening and resurfacing masks, skincare pros share the best strategies and ways to build your arsenal for an ageless complexion here.
Cleanse and, yes, tone
Needless to say, the best skin care for women over 50 starts with daily face washing. Mature skin should be treated with a gentle, non-irritating cleanser that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils or irritate dry, sensitive skin. For those with dry skin, New York dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD, cautions that because it’s typically sensitive, it’s best to use a cleanser that provides a good barrier of protection with skin-protecting ingredients like ceramides. “After a first cleansing oil to remove my makeup, I use a cleansing cream, then I use lukewarm water to rinse, and I pat my skin with a soft cloth,” Wexler Explain. To help maintain the skin’s pH balance after cleansing, the renowned facialist Joanna Czech, who recently launched her skincare line, recommends using a pH-controlling toner, which can also provide an extra layer of hydration and “act as a carrier” for the next skincare steps. then.
Exfoliate, but don’t overdo it
In terms of exfoliation, both physical (scrubs) and chemical (AHA and BHA) can be used on mature skin, but proceed with caution. “Yes exfoliation is necessary, but don’t overdo it,” Czech educated. “In women over 50, the outer layer of skin becomes thinner and more delicate.“To avoid aggravation, Czech recommends taking a minimal approach to physical exfoliation, which can cause micro tears to the epidermis if you get carried away. To remove dead skin cells safely, Wexler recommends using a gentle scrub, such as At Tata Harper’s Regenerating exfoliating cleanser with its apricot microspheres, no more than three times a week, followed by a calming elixir with soothing ingredients such as ceramide and chamomile. For gentle chemical exfoliation, try M-61 The Powerglow Peel squares, which are pre-infused with glycolic and salicylic acids, as well as acne-healing vitamin K and complexion-evening blueberry extract, and are gentle enough for daily use. Or, consider a weekly peeling treatment like drunken elephant Sukari Babyfacial TLC Resurfacing, which is formulated with 25% AHA with its blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric acids.
Treat yourself to a facial massage
A daily facial massage works wonders for skin at any age, but is especially transformative for mature complexions. It works to sculpt facial muscles (think: more defined cheekbones and jawline) and reduce fluid build-up, as well as improve blood flow, cell turnover, tissue toning and stimulate production of collagen. “Collagen is the net of support for our skin – it is what gives the structural integrity of the skin and as it declines the skin becomes looser, sags and forms wrinkles,” Explain Rochelle Weitzner, founder and CEO of Pause Skincare, a line developed for women going through menopause. Because women experience a dramatic reduction in collagen synthesis after menopause, Weitzner has designed a special tool to stimulate fibroblasts, which are the cells that produce collagen. With your fingertips or a tool, such as The breaks Fascia Stimulating Tool, knead and contour facial muscles, moving along the jawline and up to the top of the cheekbones, under-eye area and across the forehead. For an extra boost at the end, wrap cheesecloth around ice cubes infused with anti-inflammatory green tea or chamomile, then glide them over the skin, says Czech.
Restore lost volume with extra hydration
Starting in your 30s and 40s, levels of hyaluronic acid begin to decline, making fine lines and deep wrinkles more visible. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid can help replenish and retain moisture in cells (it contains 1,000 times its weight in water), which is why it’s such a common ingredient in serums and serums. moisturizers, especially in formulas targeting mature skin. “Serums are higher concentrations of ingredients than we use in creams or lotions,” Explain Wexler, who is a fan of SkinMedica’s HA5 rejuvenating moisturizer. “It not only delivers hyaluronic acids to the dermis, [but] its complex chains of different hyaluronic acids stimulate the production of your own hyaluronic acid, increasing the resilience of your own skin,she explains of the creamy serum. To seal in a supercharged serum, opt for a moisturizer containing ingredients that will help mimic and restore the skin barrier, such as by Kate Somerville new KateCeuticals Total Repair anti-aging cream, which combines ceramides and a special peptide complex to calm irritation and minimize redness.
Carefully treat wrinkles and hyperpigmentation
For wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and invisible photodamage, Wexler recommends turning to retinol, a derivative of vitamin A which, when applied topically, promotes skin renewal, brightens skin tone, eliminates hyperpigmentation and helps collagen production. It’s available both by prescription and over the counter, and it’s best to consult your dermatologist for advice on the right potency and the best type of retinoid to use. Wexler also notes that retinol may be particularly beneficial for treating problems in the eye area, working in combination with peptides to stimulate new collagen and, in turn, support sagging tissue, she says. To combat puffiness and puffiness, Wexler recommend an eye cream with caffeine (like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye filled with hyaluronic acid), cucumber or yeast extract for “deflate and dehydrate fat cells,” and haloxyl to treat pigmentation.
Another key ingredient for brightening a dull complexion and erasing sun spots is vitamin C, which helps treat and fight free radical damage that causes oxidative stress and skin aging. The powerful antioxidant also works to fade hyperpigmentation. “Start with a low concentration of 10% and increase to 15% or 20% depending on tolerance,” said Wexler identify the right concentration for your skin type in a serum or moisturizer. What is important to note is that most potent forms of vitamin C are vulnerable to light exposure. Therefore, vitamin C use should be combined with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage, which one should use anyway. To protect the skin against skin cancer and damage (fine lines, deep wrinkles, blotches, discoloration and texture abnormalities), use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, such as La Roche-Posay velvety, flows directly into Anthelios Melting Sun Lotion SPF 60, every day.
Mask to optimize everything
“For mature skin, face masks are wonderful for hydration and providing additional therapeutics,” said Wexler, nothing you can extend a mask to the neck and décolleté. If your skin is extra dry, or you want your complexion to look smoother and firmer for a special occasion, she recommends a powerful lifting mask, like Natura Bisse Diamond mask or Strivectin Powerlift Instant Tightening Mask, loaded with hyaluronic acid and peptides. To deflate, opt for a cooling treatment, also rich in plumping peptides, such as Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels, which can be used to smooth forehead furrows and smile lines.
This article was previously published on Vogue.com