(care of the skin from the age of 50) Each age has a series of special skin needs: if at 20 we were only concerned with cleansing and hydration, at 40 products such as a serum and ingredients such as retinol or hyaluronic acid are already essential. The pages of the calendar are turning, and we are adding cosmetics to our beauty routine and that’s how we got to the next chapter: how to take care of your skin at 50. As Ana Morales, beauty editor at Vogue.es wrote recently, women are no longer afraid of reaching this figure fact, they denote greater self-confidence, more self-control and, ultimately, they feel better. We already know that ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’, so the time has come to prepare the definitive guide to complete facial care once the 50 candle has blown out.
To begin with, if you still have doubts about whether there really is or should be a change in habits or cosmetics after the 50s barrier, instead of continuing with the routine you had at 40 and which surely already included antiaging elements, Marta Barrero, pharmacist, dermocosmetic expert and co-founder of The Secret Lab, confirms that yes, needs change and you have to adapt to them. “The main ‘problems’ are derived from the hormonal drop typical of menopause: the skin practically no longer synthesizes collagen and what was there is gradually lost. This gives rise to the appearance and intensification of wrinkles, flaccidity and, above all, all, loss of skin density, since the skins are refined in the dermis, as if they were emptied. However, the epidermis thickens due to the slowdown in cell renewal, flexibility and muscle tone are lost. In addition, with the drop in estrogen, the skin begins to dry out and lose luminosity and it is also an age in which solar lentigines [spots] usually appear,” explains the specialist.
Faced with this string that can be scary at first, there are certain cosmetic ingredients and treatments that have proven to have very good results in combating the signs of aging, which is why Marta Barrero gives us the keys to incorporate into our lives all the necessary components for a perfect routine antiaging.
The new goal of your skin
Basically, the question is that the purpose for which you carry out a beauty routine also varies. If at 20 your main goal was, perhaps, to combat excess sebum or prevent the appearance of acne, now “the most important thing is to adapt the formulations to maintain a good hydrolipidic balance, while we continue feeding it to make it work as maximum possible”, explains the expert. How is this achieved?
The new essentials of your beauty routine
At 50 years old, it is more than likely that you already have an established beauty routine (sooner or later you end up learning that it is impossible to have beautiful and well-cared skin without the existence of certain habits), and without a doubt the steps will not change much cleansing, the serum or hydration should always be present but the ingredients will not be exactly the same. “We should incorporate more lipid formulations, but keeping those ‘foods’ that help to synthesize collagen and elastin (vitamin C and retinol) because they work as the ‘mattress’ of our skin”, explains Barrero.
The holy grail of antiaging ingredients
The specialist stresses that among the ingredients that cannot be missing from your routine after 50 are vitamin C, retinol and growth factors “to stimulate collagen synthesis and work on wrinkles, as well as loss of firmness and of volume”. But also, add other keys that will not be superfluous in the formulation of your cosmetics either, and that range from the use of sunscreen (you will never be saved from that) to others such as “firming peptides, nutritious active ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter or omegas (to hydrate the face well and prevent lipid loss”, as well as alpha hydroxy acids to help renew your skin and DMAE also known as deanol, which is the quintessential firming agent,” he explains.
The cosmetics that are never left over
Don’t worry, if you are not even clear about what peptides are or how you can use retinol, Marta Barrero gives us the keys in the form of cosmetics that usually incorporate this type of compound and, therefore, are the most recommended to introduce them. in your routine “Nutritive night creams that provide lipids to our skin, a good chemical exfoliant to prevent thickening of the epidermis and, finally, serums that induce collagen synthesis in the dermis are essential. “Likewise, there are certain products that are no longer advisable at this age, since, as the expert indicates, “we should avoid very light formulations with a lack of lipids and mechanical exfoliants that scratch the skin.”
There are many, many cosmetics focused on combating aging, so it can be difficult to find the one that best suits your needs. Like everything, there is an important trial-error component, but we asked the expert from The Secret Lab what her recommendations are when it comes to finding this type of product. “In our opinion, the anti-aging firm par excellence is Perricone MD. Its formulations are rich in DMAE, vitamin C Ester, acyl glutathione, olive polyphenols, and omegas. In other words, they are perfect and especially indicated for working with mature skin. Another firm that we trust to reverse the signs of aging is Neostrata and, specifically, the Dermal Replenish cream from the lineSkinActive. Both brands are really effective in improving firmness, radiance, and fighting wrinkles and blemishes.”
And the treatments to improve the results
Although putting ourselves in the hands of the best cosmetics on the market is always a winning choice, there is still something else we can do, bet on specific treatments that further improve the condition of our face. From The Secret Lab they recommend some of the ones that they themselves carry out, although they can be found in many places: “especially protocols with Indiba, since it stimulates the synthesis of collagen, recovers volumes, hydrates, nourishes and illuminates the skin; growth factors (EGF), which are absolutely nourishing and regenerative; chemical peels to renew the skin, provide luminosity and work on spots; and rollers to induce collagen”.