Keeping Skin Healthy After 50
We all wish to age like fine wine. But that isn’t something that happens naturally.
A lot of self-care, self-love, and research goes into aging gracefully. In the center of it all is a good skincare routine. What you put on your skin greatly impacts how it looks, not just in your 50s but at every age.
In addition to eating well, working out, and drinking lots of water, you have to incorporate a few key ingredients in your skincare to glow and shine.
Here’s a list of five such ingredients you need in your skincare products right now:
Peptides are naturally-occurring powerhouses in our skin that stimulate the production of collagen. It is the reason why we have firm and wrinkle-free skin when we are young.
As we age, collagen production decreases, resulting in sagging and wrinkly skin.
But just because our aging body has decreased the collagen supply doesn’t mean we can’t introduce it to the skin ourselves. There are several ways to do it. Many people opt for collagen supplements to retain the firmness of their skin. However, collagen fails to work with topical application. The skin doesn’t absorb the molecules just as effectively. For that, you need peptides.
Polypeptides, popularly known as peptides, are amino acids and one of the star ingredients for keeping your skin healthy after 50.
Peptides-infused products bring a visible difference in the skin once you incorporate them into your skincare regimen. It improves the damaged skin barrier, reduces wrinkles, increases elasticity, clears acne, and gives you plump and youthful skin.
Squalene is a natural skin care ingredient that plays a key role in keeping our skin healthy and glowing. It is the natural oil found in the epidermis and is responsible for keeping our skin hydrated and maintaining its elasticity.
Like collagen, the production of squalene declines as we age. If we don’t replenish the supply at the right time, we end up with fine lines and premature wrinkles.
Use products with squalene in them, and your skin will thank you for it.
Squalene mimics our skin’s natural oils and provides us with a top-notch moisturization. It’s a great ingredient to reduce the appearance of fine lines, overcome dryness, soothe inflammation, and fade dark spots.
Squalene also prevents our skin from over-producing oil, which it does as a defense for dehydrated skin, and ends up clogging pores and causing acne and breakouts.
When buying your moisturizers, go for the ones that have humectants as one of the top ingredients.
Humectants love water. When you apply it to your skin, this ingredient draws water from whatever source it can find and brings it to the top layer of your skin, keeping it perpetually hydrated.
To reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, make sure your skin is always hydrated, and humectants are the way to do it. Remember, dry skin wrinkles faster, so you must combat dryness with skincare products containing humectants.
Instead of using humectants alone, look for them in lotions, serums, and creams. Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, urea, and propylene glycol are some of the most common compounds of humectants.
If you like your skincare all-natural, then aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil, and honey are some excellent humectants.
Sunscreen can single-handedly make or break your skin. It is the backbone of every good skin care regimen. We must start wearing sunscreen as early as six months of age and continue for the rest of our lives. The perseverance and consistency we maintain in our sunscreen application can keep us looking youthful and glowing even in our 80s.
Direct exposure to the sun is detrimental to our skin in various ways. For one, it increases the risk of skin cancer exponentially. It also speeds up the skin’s aging process.
It is never too late to start using skincare and makeup products with broad spectrum SPF in them. It is evident from research that sunscreen reduces skin aging even if you start wearing it in your 40s and 50s.
You don’t necessarily have to apply sunscreen exclusively if the white cast or the texture bothers you. You can use any organic skin care product with SPF to do the job.
Regular application of sunscreen protects from harmful effects of the sun, slows down visible signs of aging, reduces the risk of cancer, and helps maintain healthy and bright skin overall.
5. Gentle Exfoliants
The rumor mills have made exfoliants an intimidating skincare ingredient. The truth is, exfoliants are one of the best things ever to grace the skincare industry.
The only time exfoliants are dangerous is when they are made of rough and harsh products. They can end up creating micro-tears in your skin.
That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t steer clear of exfoliants, it means you have to read your ingredients carefully, do the research, and reap all the benefits that come from this amazing skincare product.
There are numerous benefits of exfoliants. Some of the best ones include evening out skin tone, unclogging pores, removing dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of pores, increasing the absorption of other skincare products, and most importantly, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
There are two main types of exfoliants, physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are granular scrubs, towels, sponges, or any tool that physically removes dead cells on your skin.
Chemical exfoliants contain AHAs, (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) BHAs, (Beta Hydroxy Acid) enzymes, and retinol. These ingredients chemically react with your skin to shed dead skin cells.
Whichever one you use, make sure they are gentle to your skin.
If you don’t have a skincare routine yet, start simple, but start right. Find a cleanser, exfoliant, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen to start your journey towards healthy skin.
Go for natural, organic, and clean products to see the best results and Keeping Skin Healthy After 50. Whatever products you choose, make sure they are full of ingredients that your skin needs – peptides, squalene, humectants, exfoliants, and some broad spectrum SPF.