3 essential skincare tips for women in their 50s and beyond, according to a pro
As we grow and age, our skincare kits mature with us. If your vanity shelf was once dominated by anti-acne heroes in your 20s, it is likely being fronted by anti-ageing potions as you grow older. As our skin ages, its needs, concerns and requirements change in accordance—but looking and feeling the best version of you doesn’t require a complete overhaul. Here, Dr Madhuri Agarwal, founder of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic, tells us about the easy swaps and changes to accommodate to give your skin the care that it needs in your 50s.
The most common skincare concerns post 50
As we age, the texture of the skin matures with us—and this can branch out into an assorted array of skincare concerns. “With age, the skin cell turnover slows down from the normal 28-day cycle to over 45 days. This translates to dead skin cells staying on the surface for longer, giving a dull appearance,” explains Dr Agarwal. This coincides with a loss of collagen, elastin and fat underneath the skin—structures that lift and tighten the skin. As a result, skin appears thinner and more translucent, causing the blood vessels to become more prominent. She adds, “Due to the menopausal changes in women, there is a severe fall in oestrogen levels—the hormone that provides suppleness and moisture to skin, causing the face to appear dry and wrinkly. Though normally acidic, the skin pH level starts to become more alkaline in this age, leading to loss of moisture and increasing the skin sensitivity.”
The textural changes unite to pose a fresh set of skincare concerns, the most common being dry, dull skin, open pores, deep folds and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and brown spots over face and hands, sagging in the mid and lower face, changes in nose shape and lip thinning, neck lines and droopy eyes, says the Mumbai-based dermatologist.
Essential skincare habits to develop in your 50s
While the list may seem unsurmountable, help is always at hand. Dr Agarwal believes that developing a few conscientious habits that go a long way towards rewinding the clock on age-related skincare dilemmas. The numero uno priority? “Upgrading or modifying your skincare routine as what worked in your 40s may not work in your 50s,” she says.
1. Use sunscreen and moisturise well
Establishing a diligent sunscreen routine everyday—even indoors—is of utmost importance as well. “Sunscreen is a must-have in your skincare kit as photoageing can worsen the changes your skin is undergoing. You’ll also find the need to adopt moisturisers that are richer and thicker in texture as the skin gets extremely dry at this age,” she adds. “Adding stem cell and peptides to the routine can also help augment skin health,” says Dr Agarwal.