As we enter our 50s, we may notice rapid changes in our skin than before. There are many reasons for those changes; intrinsic aging and menopause being two of them. Our skincare needs are thus very different from that in our 20s, 30s, and even 40s.
In our 50s, skin changes may include more pronounced fine lines and wrinkles, increased laxity in the skin that leads to crepe-y looking skin, and dark spots. If you’re experiencing menopause, you may notice that your skin is now drier than before, and your skin is more fragile and sensitive.
But your skin can look just as radiant, healthy, and nourished in your 50s and beyond with this dermatologist-recommended skincare routine. For more individualized care, we always recommend that you consult with your dermatologist for a highly rewarding and tailored plan of both in-office and at-home treatments. However, being consistent and mindful of your at-home skincare is crucial to maintaining healthy skin.
While a complicated 10-step skincare routine is not necessary, the steps we’ve highlighted below are important and shouldn’t be skipped. Get in touch with your skin and customize the routine to fit your skin’s individual needs.
1. Cleanse your skin twice a day.
Cleansing is essential for keeping your skin healthy and free of bacteria and impurities. Use a gentle cleanser that won't strip your skin of its natural oils.
2. Apply moisturizer morning and night.
Moisturizers are key for keeping your skin hydrated, nourished, and healthy. It helps prevent Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL), which helps your skin stay protected. In your 50s, look for a richer, creamier moisturizer filled with skin smoothing, renewing, and strengthening plant-based ingredients like coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, arnica montana extract, and Vitamin A. Skintensive Daily Moisturizing Cream is a decadent option that absorbs quickly and keeps the skin feeling soft, supple, and nourished.
3. Use sunscreen every day.
The biggest cause of skin aging? Damaging UV rays. That’s why it is crucial to apply a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher every day, even if in cooler fall and winter months. Sunsncreen helps protect your skin from sun damage that leads to collagen breakdown, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps prevent skin cancer.
4. Gently exfoliate once a week.
Gentle exfoliation is a great way to encourage cell turnover and remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy, smooth skin underneath. Be careful not to over-exfoliate as too much of a good stuff can be irritating. Choose a gentle physical or chemical exfoliator like an AHA or PHA, or even an enzyme exfoliator, and limit your use to once or twice a week.
5. Use a retinoid once a day.
Retinoids like retinol are vitamin A derivatives that can promote skin turnover, stimulate collagen synthesis, and bring about a refreshed and smooth appearance. However, retinoids can be irritating, especially for sensitive and fragile skin. Look for a gentle retinoid cream like Skintensive Dual Renewal PM Cream; we combine a gentle form of Retinol with Bakuchiol, a plant extract that mimics’ retinols biopathways, for a non-irritating cream that can be used daily, even by those with sensitive skin.
Skincare Ingredients every woman in her 50s should use.
A long-time hero in the herbal medicine world, arnica is celebrated for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It can help relieve sore muscles and joints as well as promote healing with a number of common skin ailments, from bruising to eczema.
Sea Buckthorn Berry
This small orange berry is touted for its anti-aging abilities thanks to the concentration of hydrating and anti-inflammatory fatty acids. Sea buckthorn promotes collagen production, which helps keep skin looking plumper and firmer. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the skin and improve its tone.
A plant-based retinol, bakuchiol is a star ingredient for sensitive and aging skin. It helps trigger collagen production and cell turnover, which in turn has a number of benefits that you can see and feel: less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles; more even skin tone; and plump, hydrated skin.
Derived from vitamin A, retinol is one of the most commonly used ingredients for maturing skin. This is due to its ability to promote elastin and collagen production, which in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. It also helps improve signs of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin texture.
Coconut oil boasts a high concentration of deeply hydrating fatty acids. After all, hydrated skin is younger-looking skin. Coconut oil also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which help restore the skin and can be particularly effective at soothing common skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Part of the natural structure of your skin, ceramides are essential for maintaining the health and resilience of maturing skin. But they become depleted over time, which is why we feature them throughout our product collection. Ceramides rejuvenate skin by helping reinforce the skin barrier to protect against environmental stressors.
Vitamin C is used to improve complexion, bright skin, and renew collagen for younger-looking skin.
A less irritating form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate helps with cell turnover and collagen regeneration, while also improving skin tone.
Vitamin K is crucial for blood clotting and supports bruise healing and collagen formation in the skin.
Your skin is one of your most important assets, and you want to look your best at every age. Your skin ages differently, so you need to find the right products for you.
Skintensive has a range of skincare products to help keep your skin looking its best.