Skincare in our twenties and when you are over 50 are two very different things. While stumbling into bed with a face full of makeup after a night of partying was a perfectly fine thing to do when you were in college, postmenopausal skin is mature, delicate, and requires special, pampering care to remain soft and vibrant. Skin dries out with age, and most women feel a little overwhelmed when their bodies change, wreaking havoc on their sensitive complexion.
But, there’s no need to panic. Your skin is merely changing, not turning into a raisin. You simply have to change your skincare routine a bit to make it soft and luminous again.
Hydrate like there’s no tomorrow
That means you need to hydrate inside and out. Keep a water bottle by your side to sip throughout the day. For topical products, make sure to treat your skin to a moisturizing nightly skincare regimen. Start by cleansing gently to get rid of all the dirt and sweat, and then tone your skin with an alcohol-free toner. You can now layer on a light serum and a creamy moisturizer to replenish and nourish your skin. Make sure to extend the care to your neck and chest.
If you like to try a more holistic approach, moisturize your skin with natural oils – Rosehip oil is particularly good for aging skin because it helps fade scars and sunspots. It will also improve elasticity, brighten your complexion, and make your skin more velvety and radiant.
Eat more antioxidants
Antioxidants are a key element to postmenopausal skincare. They prevent the degradation of collagen that naturally occurs with age, and help keep your skin firm and elastic. You can find them in various topical products, but for the best results, eat an antioxidant-rich diet Superfoods such as goji and acai berries, quinoa, kale, flaxseed, and chia seeds have them in spades but you can also find them in blueberries, spinach, beans, nuts, and artichokes. Green tea is an excellent source, and drinking it daily will give you a clearer complexion, faster metabolism, and a healthier body.
Postmenopausal skincare supplements
While you should get most of your vitamins from eating a healthy diet, some supplements are beneficial for postmenopausal skin, especially if it’s prone to blotchiness or dry patches. Turmeric, for example, has a bioactive ingredient called curcumin, which’s very good for fighting inflammation. However, it can be difficult for some to consume in large enough portions during a meal. It’s much easier to take in capsule form. A daily dose of a curcumin supplement can help combat dryness and eczema, and keep your skin smooth as well as fight joint pain, which is another perk.
Other postmenopausal skincare supplements to consider are coenzyme CoQ10, vitamin E, and omega-3s. Omega-3s are particularly important if you rarely eat foods like seafood or avocado because it softens and nourishes your skin.
Look for skin care products with the right ingredients for YOUR skin
Not everyone’s skin type is the same so it’s important to know what ingredients will benefit you the most. Hyaluronic acid and collagen are naturally found in your skin and moisturizers that contain them will keep your skin at its best. Vitamin C, in serums, is light in texture and can easily penetrate the outer layers of your epidermis and brighten your complexion over time. Peptides and antioxidants are also beneficial, so look for them on the product label. There are also some ingredients to avoid, so do your research and be informed.
Wear SPF every day
Sunscreen not only prevents cancer, but also wrinkles, age spots, and an uneven complexion. The trick is to wear it every single day, even in winter, and apply a thick layer of it. It should be an important part of your postmenopausal skincare routine to not only protect your skin but also help other products you put on top of it do a better job.
Above all, be gentle with your skincare as you age and treat yourself like a goddess. Indulge in good products, pamper your complexion, and enjoy the gorgeous glow of your mature skin.
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What do you like to use on your postmenopausal skin? Please leave a comment below.