There are so many factors that affect the health of our skin. We know for a fact that elements like sun exposure, lifestyle habits, and stress can do damage to the largest organ in our body. For those women who have reached the golden age of 50 and above, the skin’s aging process hastens, and it may as much as double if you’re obese or genetically predisposed to it. To fight this progression, here are some skin care tips for women over 50.
Lessen Soak Time in the Tub
After a long and tiring day, relaxing in the tub may seem like an enticing idea. However, prolonged soaking can also damage your skin. If you’re into bath soaks, you can add some nutrients to the water that are found in salt scrubs, oils, or moisturizing soaps to help keep the skin nourished and hydrated. Also, don’t forget to slather on additional moisturizer, oil, or lotion once you get out of the tub and dry off.
Go for Facial Treatments
Women over 50 can greatly benefit from regular facial treatments. Aside from boosting the skin’s circulation, facial treatments also help eliminate toxins and stimulate collagen production. There are special anti-aging facials that aid in reducing fine lines and brighten the skin’s appearance. Consult with a skin specialist for more guided information about what kind of facial would work best for you.
Be Gentle on Your Skin
As we age, our outermost layer of skin becomes remarkably thin, so we need to be extra careful in handling it. Gentle movements when applying creams, lotions, and even makeup should be used. Tools such as delicate sponges, soft brushes, and applicators can also be helpful.
Apply Under-Eye Cream
One area of the body that can easily give away your age is the under-eye area. Therefore, it’s a good idea to invest in a quality eye cream to help address issues like wrinkle formation, redness, and puffiness.
We all know the sun provides us with the vitamin D that we need. However, with prolonged exposure, premature aging may also occur. If you’re a sun lover, you can combat this by avoiding the sun between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM when it’s the strongest. If it’s unavoidable, be sure to wear proper sunscreen to provide protection from the elements.
Nina Gaetano, BS, PA-C, is the Medical Director of Bella Sol Med Spa