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l No matter your age, the inevitable changes to your skin with each passing decade can take you by surprise. In your 50s, you may notice more fine lines and wrinkles; in your 60s, you may experience sagging skin and more rough patches; and after 70, you may be facing more age spots. The good news? With proper care, you can keep your skin healthy and looking decades younger than your years. Here's how.
In Your 50s
Step 1. Cleanse
Choose cleansers that remove the dirt without stripping your skin of moisture. Products containing natural exfoliators, such as alpha hydroxy acids, help slough away dead skin, clear up menopausal acne and stimulate collagen production. Your skin cells are constantly regenerating, even in your 50s, and exfoliating encourages the process, notes New York dermatologist Francesca Fusco.
Step 2. Protect
Daily sunscreen use can halt skin aging by 24 percent, an Australian study finds, so slather up. And monitor pimples that don't heal, bumps that bleed easily and rough patches — they could be precancerous. A dermatologist can freeze the area with liquid nitrogen or prescribe topical creams, including 5-fluorouracil and tretinoin, which can wipe out precancers in eight to 12 weeks.
Step 3. Smooth
Retinoids increase collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin and minimizes skin imperfections, including wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. "The most effective formulations require a prescription, so speak with your dermatologist," says Fusco. "Antioxidant creams, lotions and serums containing vitamins C and E also help soften and smooth the skin."
Products for Your 50s
Cleansers remove dirt and dead cells, but choose ones that won't dry out your skin.
- Dove (bar or liquid cleanser)
- Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes or Cold Cream Cleanser
- La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel
- M.D. Forté
- Aqua Glycolic
Sunscreens should block a full range of UV light and have an SPF of 30 or higher.
- TiZO (tinted)
- Neutrogena Healthy Defense
- Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 50+
Retinoids are available in prescription and nonprescription strengths. Try these over-the-counter formulations.
- Philosophy Help Me
- Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Antioxidant serums are designed to hydrate the skin and even out skin tones.