By age 50, you’re savvy enough to know that if something isn’t working, there’s a better and more effective way to do it. This rule is true for skincare, too. Skin in your 50s can be radiant if you know how to best care for it.
The changes you’re experiencing with your skin at age 50 can leave you noticing more lines and wrinkles than you’d care to see. We’ll talk about why it’s happening and how making minor changes to your skincare routine can make a huge difference to give you the glowing, radiant skin you desire.
What Happens to Your Skin at Age 50?
Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against external stressors, so exposure to the sun, pollution, and toxins can take a toll. In addition to external factors, natural processes slow down with age, causing the skin to appear dull, uneven, or lackluster.
Loss of Collagen and Elastin
Two essential proteins that keep your skin looking plump, firm, and youthful are collagen and elastin. As we age, collagen and elastin production slows down - collagen production decreases by 1% each year after age 20.
With less collagen and elastin, your skin may show signs of sagging and feel thinner than it once was. Fine lines and wrinkles form as a result, and skin elasticity declines.
Skin Cell Turnover Declines
Skin cells are continually renewing in the deepest layers of your skin. New skin cells are pushed to the surface to replace dying cells, sloughed away naturally or through exfoliation.
Cell turnover stays relatively constant throughout our lives until age 50. After age 50, the turnover rate slows dramatically, leaving you with a layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin.
With less cell turnover, skin isn’t renewed as quickly, and your skin may look dull, dry, rough, or uneven due to pigmentation from the sun.
Facial Muscles Sag
Part of the skin’s aging process involves the facial muscles. Over time, these muscles create repetitive contractions and movements that pull the layers of the skin and develop creases and deep wrinkles.
In addition, facial muscles begin to lose their tone. Because the facial muscles give support and structure to the skin, the skin will naturally start to sag when facial muscles lose their ability to support the skin as they once did.
Now that you know what’s going on under your skin, you can take steps to optimize your skincare routine and support healthy radiance.
What Is the Best Skincare Routine for Your 50s?
Mature skin has unique needs - but creating a skincare routine in your 50s doesn’t have to be complicated!
Here’s an easy, step-by-step skincare routine to help you unlock your skin’s potential.
In your 50s, cleansing remains the first step in a skincare routine. Cleansing can help remove dirt and oil and also help slough away dead skin cells. You can eliminate a separate cleanser and exfoliant and take care of both tasks in one fell swoop using NuFACE Prep-N-Glow® Exfoliating & Hydrating Facial Wipes.
These wipes contain ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid, to hydrate skin while gently cleansing. Use the smooth side to gently cleanse the skin and remove impurities, then turn to the microdot side to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells.
Packed with grapeseed and maqui berry extracts, this simple cleansing step protects skin from free radical damage for a radiant complexion.
2. Get Serious About Your Serum
If you aren’t using a serum, it’s time to start. Serums deliver highly concentrated ingredients to the skin. Look for a serum that addresses your unique skin concerns, like discoloration or firmness.
NuFACE Super Peptide Booster Serum is formulated to help firm the skin while enhancing radiance. With Triple Peptide Complex to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this is an ideal formulation for mature skin. If discoloration or sun spots are on your list of concerns, opt for a vitamin c serum like Super Vita-C Booster Serum which brightens skin and evens skin tone.
3. Hydrate Skin
Hydrated skin is essential at any age, but especially in your 50s. This is because your skin naturally produces less oil or sebum with age, which helps to keep the skin moist. Additionally, hormonal changes, sun exposure, and medications can dry the skin. For this reason, it’s even more important to hydrate skin in your 50s.
Hydration, of course, begins internally, with proper water intake. Aim to drink about 8 glasses of water each day for proper hydration, which will benefit your overall health and help improve your skin!
Moisturizers help to hydrate skin from the outside, providing skin with much-needed hydration. Avoid formulas that contain alcohol or other stripping ingredients, which can dry out the skin. Instead, look for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, a super ingredient which attracts and holds up to 1000 times its weight in water to lock in moisture.
We recommend NuFACE Silk Crème Activator, a dual-use product that deeply hydrates skin for up to 48 hours and conducts microcurrent for use with a NuFACE microcurrent device. This serum-crème hybrid has a luxurious texture and nourishes skin with IonPlex®, a proprietary blend of glacial water and ions for unparalleled hydration.
4. Go Beyond Traditional Skincare with Microcurrent
Microcurrent therapy is a clinically-proven treatment that goes beyond traditional skincare, to the MUSCLES, to tone, lift and contour the skin and facial muscles. This treatment is especially helpful for mature skin, as it targets sagging skin and helps to enhance firmness and improve contour. The great news? Microcurrent is also completely painless, non-invasive, and can be done at home with the NuFACE TRINITY+ Complete Set in just 5 minutes a day.
This set contains everything you need to get started. Simply apply Microcurrent Activator in a mask-like layer onto clean, dry skin before powering on your TRINITY+ and performing glides and holds. For step-by-step guided tutorials, you can sync your TRINITY+ with the NuFACE Smart App to take the guesswork out of lifting and target your areas of concern - like contouring cheekbones, firming the neck, and lifting brows.
In addition to the microcurrent Facial Trainer Attachment, you can use the included Effective Lip & Eye Attachment to tackle smile lines, hooded lids, and crow’s feet with precise microcurrent, or switch to the LED Red Light Wrinkle Reducer to treat all over lines & wrinkles.
This comprehensive set brings the aesthetician treatment room into the palm of your hand and lets you treat a multitude of skin concerns in just minutes a day with clinically proven, FDA-cleared technology.
5. Add Finishing Touches
After finishing your microcurrent treatment, massage in excess microcurrent activator to hydrate and lock in moisture, then finish up with the rest of your skincare routine. During the day, we recommend applying a SPF 30 or higher to protect the skin from harmful UV rays and prevent sun damage and dark spots. In the evening, opt for a gentle retinol which is proven to help reduce lines and wrinkles, then finish up with a night cream and eye cream, which is formulated to hydrate overnight more intensely and treat the delicate skin around the eyes.
If you deal with dryness or dullness throughout your day, add NuFACE Supercharged IonPlex® Mist to your lineup. Formulated with skin barrier-loving ceramides, IonPlex, and hyaluronic acid to support all-day radiance and hydration, it’s one of the most beneficial skincare products you can use for nourishing your skin - anytime, anywhere.
The Golden Age of Skin
You get better with age - and now, so can your skin. With a few tried-and-true products and advanced microcurrent technology, it’s easy to unlock your skin’s potential at any age to look and feel your best!