4 Things Everyone Over 50 Should Be Using Every Day.
Proper skin care in the fifth decade of your life revolves around a few key principles. Among them is, of course, wearing sunscreen and seeking shade whenever possible applying moisturizer, frequently to avoid skin dehydration, washing your face twice daily, and getting a good night’s sleep. Beyond that, though, there’s a number of ingredients to have in your daily skincare routine:
These two ingredients are physical blockers [of UV rays], so not only do they prevent skin cancer, but they also prevent photo agents like sunspots, wrinkles, dilated capillaries, and that sort of thing.
Retinol (or its more concentrated, prescribed version, tretinoin) has lots of advantages that can help benefit more mature skin. Derived from vitamin A, retinol stimulates cell turnover to help nix hyperpigmentation on the skin, and it boosts your skin’s ability produce more collagen (the structural protein that makes up skin). I advise to use it with care, as it may cause irritation to some complexions. Adding it to your routine, start with one pea-sized dollop once a week, then apply same amount twice a week.
As we get older, our body’s way of moisturizing the skin, which is by creating oils, tends to slow down. So the skin gets drier as you get older, but hyaluronic acid is a very effective moisturizer because it can hold many times its weight in water. It really kind of locks in moisture. Hyaluronic acid is basically a water balloon that absorbs all that good-for-your-face moisture. A tip: Apply this ingredient while you’re skin is still wet, because the molecule will help bring some of that moisture into skin.
As the main structural protein in the human body, collagen helps skin maintain its strength and elasticity. Increasing collagen results in plumper skin and the minimization of fine lines and wrinkles. 90 percent of aging comes from exposure to the sun, and vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals from provoking skin cells, and resulting in hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and more.
From a professional side, Skincare Therapist Dana offers in her Beauty Salon in Richmond a range of over-50 treatments, based on Vitamin C nourishing Dermalogica facials, Casmara or Forever Aloe Vera masks, ultrasound rejuvenating, light chemical peels. All tailored to suit individual skin condition and desired effect. Read more about anti-aging facial care in the Blog.