Skin Care For Women Over 50

Published: 17th March 2011
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There was a time when for women over 50, it meant end of beauty and best days! They stoically embraced the great signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging skin and dryness. But with advancement of science is every field, and also rediscovering the ancient wisdoms of our grandmothers, today there are both natural and medical ways of preventing the skin from turning our worst enemy once we turn 50. Skin care has become easier that before; but it is only effective when done with utmost care and regularity.

When you reach the age of 50, you have to take care of skin in two ways; first you have to prevent further damages or limit the damages due to aging, and also turn some if not all the damages that already has happened. At this age our skin loses elasticity and moisture in a much greater speed and cell turnover also slows down. That is why women over 50 need products that are very proactive in working so that the skin gets adequate protection from sun, moisture is retained and skin regeneration gets a boost. With regular use of such products, you will see great improvement when it comes to wrinkles and fine lines.

The few things you will need for maintaining a skin care regime for women over 50 include facial cleanser, a moisturizer for the day with SPF and a moisturizer for night. You will also need a washcloth while cleaning and washing your face.

Use a gentle cleanser that has non-soap formula to clean your face two times a day, once in the morning and once in night. It is better if you go for cleansers that are specifically created for aging, mature skin like yours as they have most amount of moisturizer. Take about a dime-size cleanser in your hand and massage it slowly to your skin. Now wet a washcloth with tepid water and wash off the cleanser by rubbing with the washcloth. Use circular motion while doing that. When you wash off in such a manner, your face not only gets cleaned, it also gets exfoliated.

Remember that the sun is your worst enemy all the more as your natural protection system is now slowing down. So avoid direct sunlight as much as possible as it can also lead to skin cancer and faster aging.

After cleaning your face in the morning, use a serum or rich emollient cream to moisturize your skin. Look for those products that come with antioxidants like Vitamin C or peptides and protect your skin from both UVB and UVA rays. Such moisturizer for women over 50 generally come with SPF 15 or 30. Make sure you apply it to your face when it is still damp from cleansing; as wet skin react better with such anti-aging products.

At night, the moisturizer to use after your clean your face should be some thick cream that has retinoids like Retin-A or retinol. Retinoid have a tendency to become extra-sensitive to sun and hence you should use retinoid based products at night for maximum benefit. Just rub it gently to your face and let it work through for the rest of the night.

Women over 50 should make sure that they visit their dermatologist on regular basis. There are many health problems related to your skin that may come up at this age; and you need to protect yourself from them as well as along with protection from the signs of aging.

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