Your 50s are a time when you notice unpleasant changes like additional and deeper wrinkling and sagging skin. However, you’ve got many options to keep your complexion healthy and luminous. Whether you choose to upgrade to a new anti-aging product or opt for a more dramatic change with cosmetic surgery, here’s a selection of effective alternatives.Have a look at these effective skin glowing tips and anti aging tips.
When starting an AHA product, the Cleveland Clinic suggests choosing concentrations of 10 to 15 percent. Also, work up to using the product every day. For a cleansing product, try M.D. Forte Facial Cleanser I, which contains 12 percent glycolic compound.
Concerning retinoid formulas, products with emollient bases, including Renova and Avage, are best, according to O, The Oprah Magazine. Emollient bases are key, because your skin becomes dramatically drier as you age. Prescription Atralin Gel, also a retinoid, is another great option. It contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin, both hydrating ingredients that are ideal for dry skin.
Importantly, both AHAs and retinoids make you extra sensitive to the sun, so be especially diligent with applying sunscreen every day.
An easy way to look years younger is to keep your makeup simple. Here are some tips and tricks from beauty insiders:
- Avoid powders and heavy eye makeup, former Hollywood makeup artist Barbara Fazio tells WebMD. Instead, choose soft hues for the eyes like gray or brown liner.
- Add drama to your upper lashes by using an eyelash curler and mascara, Fazio adds.
- For a healthy complexion, use yellow-toned powder and cover up fine lines and other imperfections with concealer, model and cosmetics creator Lauren Hutton suggests in Prevention. Choose a creamy concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone.
- Hutton also suggests filling in your brows for a softer look, choosing pink lip color and shades such as coral and rose for your blush.
- For a luminous complexion, choose moisturizing products. Moisturizers that contain ingredients like ceramides or hyaluronic acid “will temporarily plump lines and boost your glow,” according to Self.
Menopause can wreak havoc on a woman’s skin. Fortunately, you can manage these skincare concerns with the right products.
- Combating acne. A decline in estrogen during menopause can dramatically affect the skin. As testosterone increases and cell renewal slows down, acne can resurface. Avoid high concentrations of harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, which can be too drying. Instead, choose over-the-counter treatments with salicylic acid. Better yet, talk to your dermatologist about using retinoids, which are also powerful acne treatments.
- Boosting collagen loss. As estrogen levels decrease, collagen loss also occurs, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. To stimulate collagen synthesis, try products with vitamin C (look for L-ascorbic acid on the label) and copper peptides, according to Cleveland Clinic. Studies suggest copper peptides encourage collagen (and elastin) production and work like antioxidants, explains the site. Multi-functional retinoids also boost collagen.
Many women turn to injectables for instant younger-looking skin. These are two common options:
- Botox. Averaging $400 per treatment, Botox smoothes wrinkles by blocking acetylcholine, which is responsible for contracting your muscles and creating wrinkles. Typically, results last four to six months. Common side effects include flu-like symptoms, redness and pain around the treated area. Less common complications include muscle weakness, which can last from a few days to a few months.
- Restylane. A transparent hyaluronic acid gel that occurs naturally in the body, Restylane is typically used for plumping the lips and smoothing out wrinkles. It essentially fills in the lines and creases that appear on your face. Restylane can cost from $350 to $800 per syringe. The procedure takes anywhere from a few minutes to 30. Possible side effects are similar to those for Botox.
At the American Academy of Dermatology’s meeting in 2007, dermatologist Michael S. Kaminer, M.D., F.A.A.D., discussed the newest minimally invasive procedures. Here’s a selection of treatments:
- Autologous fat transplantation. For those wanting permanent wrinkle-smoothing results, this procedure is a good option. Here’s how it works: The doctor removes fat from other parts of your body — the stomach or hips, for example — and injects it into the skin to achieve a smooth appearance. Patients will see results a day or two later.
- Thread lift. Lasting seven to 10 years, a thread lift is an appropriate alternative for someone with minimal signs of aging, explains Dr. Kaminer. The doctor makes small incisions and inserts the thread underneath the skin and then manipulates the surgical thread to pull the skin up. During the procedure, patients observe in the mirror, letting the doctor know when the desired results have been reached. For the best outcome, Dr. Kaminer also adds a filler or resurfacing procedure three to four weeks apart.
- Fractional resurfacing. One of the newest procedures in resurfacing technology, fractional resurfacing works on a portion of the skin and delves deep into the dermis to promote collagen production. Using a laser, this procedure “improves skin texture, uneven pigmentation, deeper wrinkles and even acne scars on patients of all skin types,” according to Dr. Kaminer.
- Monopolar radiofrequency skin tightening. This improves multiple areas on your face like the forehead, neck and jaw line, giving you an overall refreshed look. Heat essentially penetrates the dermis to tighten and produce collagen. Because the heat is intense, the doctor will typically administer pain medication and a cooling gel before, during and after the heat. The best results are seen in four to six months.
Though you have various options regarding surgical facelifts, here are two procedures that you might want to explore with your doctor.
- Traditional facelift. Years ago, a facelift (rhytidectomy) just tightened the skin. Thanks to today’s technology, however, you can have excess skin and fat removed and your lower jaw and jowls contoured. This classic facelift helps with the “folds and creases of laxity,” according to the Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery. The surgery takes two to six hours and results last for five to 10 years. Keep in mind that there are many variations in facelifts. Also you might need a secondary procedure to balance the face, because untreated areas can appear relaxed.
- Mini facelift. This procedure is a less dramatic change, which can take about five years off your face. The surgery takes about one to two hours with less downtime than a traditional facelift. You can elect to have an anterior mini facelift (the lower face) or a posterior lift, which is like a neck lift that improves the neck and jowl area, or both.
Many people also go in for complementary procedures like a brow lift and eye lid surgery.