Read any article about skincare past age 50 and you’re sure to be discouraged. The list of things that happen to us as we get older makes us want to shun the beauty world forever, but that doesn’t always have to be the case.
It’s true that your cells do not turn over at the same right as when you were in your 20’s, or that Botox is supposedly the next best thing to the fountain of youth. However, plastic surgery is not the safest option, nor is it natural. So even though your cheeks are losing fat, and your skin is losing its elasticity, there are ways to slow down the signs of skin aging.
Sunscreen All Day, Everyday
There are several butters, oils and other natural ingredients that provide natural protection from the sun. While these offer very limited amounts of sun protection, when combined they nourish the skin and offer adequate protection against the harmful effects of sun exposure.
Jojoba Oil – easily absorbed into the skin, provides some natural sun protection
Coconut Oil – has been shown to provide SPF 8, hydrates the skin and prevents burning
Eucalyptus essential oil – has a low natural SPF
Shea butter – offers natural sun protection, moisturizes and prevents wrinkles
Vitamin E oil – moisturizes the skin, preserves homemade sunscreen recipes
Zinc Oxide – non-toxic broad-spectrum sunblock, absorbs UVA and UVB rays
Preserve Your Skin’s Natural Moisture
The older you get, the drier your skin becomes. This is a reality that no amount of eye creams, Botox and laser treatments can prevent from occurring. This is why it’s more important than ever to find natural ingredients that nourish the skin and retain as much moisture as possible.
Skip the hot water and use lukewarm water for cleansing instead. You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils. Oils will help lock in moisture, particularly during the colder months or following a sunburn.
Exfoliate More Often
Exfoliation is a must, but it becomes an essential part of anyone’s skincare regime after age 30. The outer layer of the skin is filled with dead skin cells, and it only thickens as we age. Exfoliating more often will get rid of that layer and reveal fresher skin. Use a dry brush, pad, or opt for natural exfoliators like sea salt or brown sugar.
Stop Smoking, Avoid Second Hand Smoke
Smoking speeds up skin aging dramatically. If you don’t personally smoke, be sure that you also aren’t exposed to second hand smoke and other fumes. Remember, your skin is covered in pores that could easily absorb harmful chemicals that are present in the air. When driving with the windows down, beware of the smoke and dust that could be settling on your skin.