We believe that looking fabulous in your 50s and beyond is a goal that is achievable not matter what stage of your life you're in.
Being disciplined with your skincare routine and daily habits will no doubt reap longterm benefits and result in your healthy-looking skin no matter your age!
To get you on the right track, here is a list of some of our favourite skincare tips every woman over 50 should know.
1. Sunscreen is Key to Keeping Your Skin Healthy
We know, the slip, slop, slap saying that has been drilled into us from a young age, but there is a good reason for it. Sun damage is one of the primary causes of accelerated aging, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation on areas exposed to the sun. It’s also the leading cause of skin cancer, which is even more reason to keep that bottle of SPF in arms reach at all times!
Be it rain or shine, summer or winter, we are exposed to UV-A and UV-B rays and our skin needs protection against these harmful rays. UV exposure also affects us more as we age by deteriorating our collagen production and damaging skin cells faster than they can repair. And given collagen production is important to every part of our body and skin cell regeneration slows as we age, this makes sunscreen an incredible ally for aging skin. Make sure to apply at least SPF30 and rinse your face at night to clear your pores.
2. To Keep Skin Youthful, Get Good Sleep
You might not realise it, but your body works overtime while you sleep to keep you and your skin healthy. While you’re fast asleep, your body goes into peak repair mode (cell mitosis), regenerating skin cells and giving bodily functions a break to rejuvenate after being on overdrive all day long. Blood flow & collagen production increase in the skin to fix damage, UV exposure, and reduce wrinkles.
When you miss out on quality sleep, your body produces more cortisol or stress hormones. These hormones put your skin into a pro-inflammatory state which can create flare-ups in acne, dry out skin, and reduce collagen. Sleep is the time when you should be reaching 'dermal nirvana', because all of the environmental stresses like sun exposure, pollution, changing temperatures, work, and wearing make-up are all taken away. Sleep is your skin's chance to focus without distraction on making you look great, so make sure to break away from the artificial light and get a good night’s rest!
3. Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Skin
There's more than one reason to have a healthy diet and improving the health of your skin is one of them! Fast foods, processed meals with lots of salt, and a high sugar intake will eventually show up in the skin e.g. oil build up, dry skin, redness, wrinkles, dullness, acne breakouts, and lower elasticity. Your body is a marvellous machine and needs to be taken care of by getting a proper assortment of vitamins and nutrients. By including vitamin-packed vegetables, fruits, and nuts with good fats you’ll be supplying your body and skin with the right fuel to keep working and looking fresh.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Throughout the day your body is performing a million different jobs at once, and so is your skin. As you work, move, and sweat throughout the day the body is losing moisture. And if you aren’t properly hydrating throughout your day with sufficient amounts of water you are most likely throwing off your skin’s ability to stay healthy. This will lead to dry skin that also loses its elasticity.
It’s not just throughout the day. Skin loses more moisture during the evening and night, so make sure to drink sufficient water throughout the late afternoon and have a glass of water when you wake as your skin’s moisture loss is at its highest overnight.
5. Collagen Can Make or Break Skin Longevity
Collagen is the glue that holds the body together. It’s the wonder protein in our skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments and is the most important part of keeping skin healthy and young.
After the age of 25, collagen production naturally slows down but alongside that there are plenty of other things in our everyday life that can disrupt collagen production.
Alongside collagen supplementation to help increase collagen production internally, you can also support collagen production by applying topical products.
One natural skincare ingredient that is a collagen-boosting superhero is Rosehip oil. Packed with retinoids and Vitamin A, rosehip oil is a plant-powered booster that increases collagen production in our skin while fighting the free-radicals that can disrupt it. The antioxidants defend the skin while the other vitamins hydrate deep and promote skin healing.
Introducing natural skincare products like those in our Rejuvenating Ritual that are paired with East Cape mānuka, the world’s most powerful anti-bacterial essential oil, will improve your skin appearance and longevity leaps and bounds.
Natural Skincare Remedies for Women Over 50
Soothing Cream Cleanser with Rosehip and Mānuka Oil
To start the day off on the right foot, use the Soothing Cream Cleanser to clean your face deeply but gently to remove any oil buildup from the night or throughout the day. Probiotic reduces moisture loss while evening primrose soothes and reduces inflammation.
Firming Day Cream with Rosehip and Mānuka Oil
Fortify and hydrate your skin effectively with the UV protecting powers of mānuka oil and the ultra-hydrating effects of rosehip oil in the Firming Day Cream. Kakadu plum oil, with the world’s highest concentration of vitamin C, increases collagen production and boosts your skin barrier function with antioxidants throughout the day.
Restorative Skin Oil with Rosehip and Mānuka Oil
This skincare superhero combo of mānuka and rosehip oil in the Restorative Skin Oil penetrates deep into the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while creating a hydrating but breathable defensive layer on the skin. Free radicals, UV rays, and collagen-disrupting bacteria don’t stand a chance.
Nourishing Night Cream with Rosehip and Mānuka Oil
A great moisturiser is an important addition to a good night's sleep. The Nourishing Night Cream helps to support your skin’s nightly repair role to boost collagen production and skin cell regeneration while hydrating deep. Given moisture loss is at its highest at night, the aloe vera in this cream soothes skin and adds an extra layer of skin hydration support.
Here’s to the fabulous 50s and beyond! Achieve the sensational skin you deserve no matter your age and explore our full Collagen Restore products lineup today scientifically formulated to help your skin age gracefully!