What You Should Know About Beauty in Your 50s
There is something so glamorous about 50-year-olds. Something that one cannot put their finger on. The "je ne sais quoi" that the French speak of. When a 50-year-old enters the room there is an air of strength and grace that accompanies her. A sort of power that others can sense and commands respect. Hold your head high, because we see you.
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Perhaps one of the keys to your glamorous essence is your abundant confidence. You've been on this planet for a few minutes and you know your value. Also, you're likely feeling at home in your skin now and it's marvellous. For the most part, you know what does and doesn't work for your skin care and makeup routine, and you're quite receptive to learning new applications for your regimen. In fact, you want to stay current with the latest trends in the beauty industry just as much as your 20-, 30-, and 40-something counterparts do.
Skin Care Goals
Your biggest skin care goals are likely supporting healthy aging and brightening the complexion, as years of sun exposure are starting to become more apparent. As mentioned in the previous articles for those in their 30s and 40s, serums are vital in helping you achieve your skin care goals, particularly a solid Vitamin C serum and retinol serum. Although sunscreen has always been important, it's even more so as your skin begins to thin and is more susceptible to anomalies and irregularities.
The following sections will provide you with further insights on how to best achieve your skin care goals.
You may find that your skin is much drier than it was in previous years and that you are reaching for richer serums and moisturizers. This is a normal characteristic of maturing skin that can be most surprising for those that used to experience normal to oily skin types. As we mature there are numerous factors that contribute to our skin growing drier: Sun damage related changes; chronological aging; hormonal changes; epidermal skin layer growing thinner; reduced natural oil production; natural moisture factor and dermal barrier disruptions; medication
There are steps that you can take to mitigate these very real and very normal changes:
1. Select a richer facial moisturizer like this one or this one.
2. Use boosting facial oils like this one or this one.
3. Wash with warm water, not hot.
4. Use a humidifier during drier weather.
5. Use gentle cleansers in the shower like this one or this one.
6. If you're going to soak do it in oats!
7. Pat dry after bathing, but leave your skin dewy and lock in hydration with a good moisturizer like this one or this one.
8. Use dish gloves when cleaning your home and these gloves over your favourite moisturizer to drive moisture deep while you sleep.
Slough it Off
Believe it or not, this tip plays a very important role in improving your moisture levels. Exfoliating your face and body needs to become a priority to help increase cellular renewal that has slowed.
When we are in our youth, skin cell renewal rates are around 21 days. As we mature, our skin cell renewal rate slows to nearly a three-month process, leading skin to feel and appear rough, flaky, and dull.
Those with maturing skin may find they experience an increase in blackheads. This is often because dead skin cells and bacteria are being trapped below sluggish skin cells. Time to get your skin moving and slough it off! Plus, when you get that dry, flaky layer off you'll find your moisturizers work much better.
For your face, get fancy with this exfoliating serum from Veriphy Skincare. This is one of my favourite picks for maturing clients. Why?
"Vegan lactic acid boosts cell turnover and gently exfoliates the skin to treat the appearance of hyperpigmentation, age spots and dull complexions. Lactic acid is a larger molecule making it suitable for sensitive skin, its hydrating properties also makes it ideal for those with normal to dry skin. It is supplemented by a mild fruit AHA blend to enhance lactic acid’s exfoliating benefits." (From the Veriphy website.)
Veriphy's Power Trip serum can be used once a day in the evening under your favourite moisturizer.
Prefer an exfoliant with texture? Try this classic from Schaf, which uses gentle lava powder and bamboo beads. This product can be used up to three nights a week and is great to sneak into the shower and use on the body as well.
When it comes to your body, there are several bath sponges and brushes that you can reach for but a fan favourite is this set of exfoliating bath pads that you can rinse and use over and over again. If you're looking for a treat that nourishes while it exfoliates, try this delicious-smelling scrub from Epic Blend.
Your makeup routine may be starting to pare down and become more strategic. Do infuse a pop of colour into your look by way of blush and lipstick. You'll quickly discover that colour is super flattering to your complexion.
Now's the perfect time to explore a cream blush to bring dewy radiance to your cheeks. You can use a brush for application, but your finger is likely the easiest tool. Lightly rub a clean finger in the colour pot and pat a small amount onto your cheeks, blending towards your ears.
Where hair is and isn't is changing and you're reaching for products with ingredients to target these changes.
For errant hairs in those places that no one told you they'd show up (we're looking at you nostrils and nipples!) , these precision tweezers are amazing for getting the job done.
Need to encourage growth? We've got your eyebrows and lashes covered! First start with this incredible night serum from Fitglow. It applies easily like a liquid liner with no irritation, even for our most sensitive clients. I started using it earlier this year when it was launched and was surprised by how quickly I saw noticeable results. Now I don't live without it!
Compliment your growing achievements with these boosted brow and lash products: Vegan Good Lash + Mascara, Lash Boost Liner, Nourish + Define Refillable Brow Pencil, and Plant Protein Brow Gel.
Turn Down the Heat
If you experience moments where you find yourself running a little hot, reach for a toner. You'll feel cooler and refreshed while bringing your skin a light touch of hydration. Graydon Skincare's Face Food Mineral Mist is particularly useful with its cooling peppermint essential oil.
When it's time to turn in, stay cool with a satin pillowcase. Not only will its texture help to keep you cool, you'll also protect your eyebrows, lashes, and hair from knots and damage, and prevent bed sheet wrinkles from forming on your face.
This is a snapshot of what you should know about beauty in your 50s. If you have questions, leave a comment below.
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Melissa Menard is a certified aesthetician with over a decade of experience in the beauty industry. She enjoys all things French lifestyle, flowers, and a good lipstick (despite the mask mandate).