It’s 2015 and we’re more health-conscious than ever, and as a result of this fifty is no longer considered ‘over the hill’. With fantastic role models such as Julianne and Demi Moore, Elle McPherson, Michelle Obama and Courtney Cox (who are all aged fifty plus), these days there really is no excuse for hitting fifty and letting it all go.
Yes, maintaining a youthful glow may be slightly more difficult now - your oestrogen levels are declining as menopause becomes imminent, which means drier, thinner skin – but the amount of positives that come along with this decade should make it one for celebration!
You’ve got enough life experience by now to know what you want, and with most of your goals completed (and no more kids crowding the nest) you have the time and money to get it.
For those whose appearance remains a priority, there’s plenty to be done to ensure it doesn’t suffer. From vitamin supplements to specialist skincare products, diet and exercise to non-surgical cosmetic procedures, the options available to you are as broad as they’re effective.
Take a look at some of the best options for skincare in your fifties and make sure you age the way you want.
Diet and Exercise
Food and activity is vitally important to women in their 50s, and you’ll find that it can have a spectacular effect on your health and appearance. Your metabolism slows naturally as you age, and if left alone, your lean muscle will turn into fat. Your bone mass has started to reduce while your risk of heart disease and diabetes increases, but it’s within your power to protect yourself from these issues.
Consult your healthcare professional to find out your optimum calorie intake for your BMI and be sure to eat a balanced diet that’s rich in calcium and protein, as well as a moderate amount of unsaturated fats to keep your skin supple. Today’s Dietician has an excellent piece on diet in your 50s, so take a look for further nutritional ideas.
The number of anti-ageing skincare products available has exploded in recent years (the industry is set to be worth $191.7 billion by 2019) and luckily for us, the quality of these products has also risen.
Women in their fifties should choose cream or lotion cleansers that won’t strip their skin of its natural oils, and also consider serums, which are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin for a more concentrated boost of active ingredients. Ingredients to look out for include retinoids (Vitamin A formulations) which work to resurface the skin, boost cell production, improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines; AHAs, which also resurface, brighten and hydrate the skin; and vitamin C which is good for collagen production and a powerful anti-oxidant.
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
Injectables like dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections are extremely well-suited to women in their 50s, as they correct lines and folds and restore youthful contours. There are lots of different products available; each have slightly different qualities, so be sure to ask an expert to find out which is right for you. Results tend to be subtle and natural, so you can look forward to compliments on how well you look, without anyone guessing that you’ve had anything ’done’.
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
For patches of hyperpigmentation (also known as age spots) laser and intense pulsed light(IPL) works by using powerful light-based technology to destroy melanin pigment without damaging the surrounding skin. Further benefits include the removal of superficial wrinkles, as well as the tightening and smoothing of the skin. It’s a quick, non-invasive procedure that displays significant results even after one treatment with minimal discomfort.
Anyone considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure should be fully aware of the risks and side effects involved in a treatment before they commit to it.
Save Face provides impartial advice and information to help inform consumers of these issues, as well as a user-friendly search engine to enable them to find a safe, experienced practitioner.
Use Save Face today and rest assured you’ll be in safe hands.