When women reach their 50s, they’ll need to change their skincare routine to account for additional internal and environmental challenges that can affect their skin. Not only does your skin lose collagen and elastin, resulting in wrinkles, sagging, and a loss of radiance; but it also experiences physical changes related to a sharp decline in hormones in your body.
All these symptoms are natural signs of aging, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept them. Consider the following options for finding the best treatment for your 50-year-old skin.
The 4 Best Cosmetic Treatments for Women in Their 50s
Many MedCosmetic services are becoming increasingly popular for older women. During your 50s, your body experiences a huge decline in estrogen and progesterone due to menopause, leaving your skin less resilient and youthful in appearance. This is because these hormones hold moisture and make your skin fuller; without them, your skin can dry out and become more easily irritated. Cell turnover and collagen synthesis also stall, making your complexion appear duller and more tired looking.
Along with getting exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and using the right skincare products, there are many cosmetic treatments that women in their 50s may want to consider to look and feel their best.
1. Cosmetic Injectables
Certain cosmetic injectables, like dermal fillers, can help to restore lost volume and create a more youthful appearance for your complexion by filling in wrinkles and smoothing out the skin. Women in their 50s will likely notice their skin losing firmness and developing more pronounced wrinkles, facial folds, and even skin laxity. By stimulating collagen production, dermal fillers can help you achieve a firmer, plumper look.
Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse, RHA Collection, and Restylane are great for filling in deep lines and plumping up the lips and cheeks. Not only can they help your skin achieve a more voluminous look, but they can also bring back some flexibility and elasticity you may have lost due to your skin’s collagen breaking down.
2. Laser Skin Resurfacing
Another one of the best facial treatments for aging skin is laser resurfacing. This MedCosmetic treatment can help improve signs of aging by stimulating collagen growth and tightening skin. The results of laser skin resurfacing are usually long-lasting, and there is little to no downtime required after treatment.
Active FX is a laser skin resurfacing treatment that helps to improve skin elasticity, texture, and tone. At Mirabile M.D., this treatment is our most powerful ablative laser and can help reduce acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and age spots.
excel V+ is also an effective treatment for several complexion issues, including rosacea, acne, bruising, cherry angiomas, sun damage, and other age spots. This laser skin resurfacing treatment is best-known for being effective with fewer treatments and minimal discomfort.
3. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels, like VI Peel, can be a great way to improve the appearance of skin by providing a smoother texture, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, enhancing collagen production, and brightening and lightening age spots. Rough patches on your skin can be reduced, resulting in a softer, more even complexion.
Skin Pen microneedling is a great way to reduce the appearance of aging skin by improving fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and skin elasticity. This type of microneedling works by piercing the dermal tissue and releasing growth factors that help to remodel the skin and form new tissue. The new dermal tissue then leaves behind stronger collagen.
Morpheus8 is another great facial cosmetic option for women in their 50s. This radiofrequency microneedling treatment can help stimulate natural collagen production, improving skin texture and leading to a firmer, more youthful-looking complexion. Overall, this treatment can help improve your skin’s health and vibrancy.
Your Morning Skincare Routine After 50
As you get older, it’s important to create a skincare routine that’s best for mature skin. This includes incorporating the best anti-aging products for those over 50, as well as products that promote collagen production by building proteins. Here are the steps you should follow to take care of your skin before you start your day:
- Cleanse: When you’re in your 50s, you’ll want to choose a gentle cleanser designed for mature skin. Mild, non-irritating cleansers are best because they won’t irritate sensitive skin or strip your complexion of its natural oils. You’ll also want to find a cleanser that has skin-protective ingredients like ceramides to create a strong, protective barrier.
- Anti-Aging Serum: An anti-aging serum can help to hydrate and nourish your skin. Look for one that contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.
- Moisturize: As you age, fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable due to hyaluronic acid levels decreasing in your skin. Because of this, it’s best to replenish your complexion with a moisturizer that supplements with extra hyaluronic acid or glycerin to increase your skin’s resilience.
- SPF: To protect against further sun damage from UV rays, it’s very important to apply sunscreen in the morning and reapply throughout the day. Even if you’re not going outside, it’s still best to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Lip Balm: Lip balm helps hydrate and protect the lips from damage. Choose one that also contains SPF protection to protect your lips against sun damage.
Your Evening Skincare Routine After 50
As you choose products for your evening skincare routine, you’ll want to consider your skin type. Those with oily skin may not develop as many wrinkles, so they may not need as many anti-aging products. However, keep in mind that the oil production and cell turnover in your skin both slow as you age, so many who had oily skin in the past may not anymore.
Here is what should be included in your evening skincare routine after age 50:
- Cleanse: Like in the morning, use a gentle cleanser during your evening skincare routine to promote healthy and hydrated skin. This cleanser should be designed to remove impurities and makeup without causing irritation.
- Exfoliate: Although exfoliation can be done on mature skin, it’s best to do so with caution. In your 50s, the outer layer of your skin is extra thin and delicate, allowing micro tears to occur if exfoliation becomes too aggressive. For that reason, it’s best to use a gentle scrub no more than three times a week to remove dead skin cells.
- Toner: After cleansing, you’ll want to use a toner that helps maintain your skin’s pH balance. This can help provide an extra layer of moisture.
- Anti-Aging Serum or Cream: A serum or cream with antioxidants can help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Choose a serum that contains vitamin C, retinol, or niacinamide.
- Moisturize: It’s best for your nighttime moisturizer to include ceramides and a peptide complex to help decrease certain signs of aging and hydrate your skin properly.
- Eye Cream: An eye cream can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. Make sure to find one that’s made to work on mature skin and is not too harsh.
What to Avoid in Your Skincare Routine After 50
There are a few things that you should avoid in your skincare routine after you turn 50. First, you should avoid using products that contain alcohol. Alcohol can dry out your skin and make it more susceptible to wrinkling. You should also avoid any product containing synthetic ingredients, as they can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Instead, stick to natural, gentle skincare products to keep your skin radiant and healthy.
It’s also best to avoid using products that contain fragrances. Fragrances can irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions.
Mirabile M.D. is here for all your MedCosmetic needs. If you need extra guidance on maintaining a healthy and youthful-looking complexion in your 50s, contact us at 913-888-7546 to schedule an appointment.