As you enter your mid-50s, you need to take special care to protect and nourish your skin. You may notice that your skin is beginning to lose elasticity, making fine lines and wrinkles more apparent. Because the skin begins to produce less oil at this age, adding and retaining moisture is more important than ever.
Cleanse Less Frequently
Due to your skin's decrease in oil production, limit yourself to one thorough face washing per day. Wash your face with a cleanser only at night to remove dirt and bacteria that accumulated throughout the day. In the mornings, since your face will still be clean from washing the night before, simply splash it with cold water. To dry your face, gently pat your skin with a towel rather then rubbing it dry.
As cell turnover slows down in your mid-50s, you may experience periods of extreme dryness. For women, the onset of menopause can exacerbate this problem. To counteract the dryness, begin a daily moisturizing routine. Choose a moisturizing serum that contains vitamin C or peptides, because serum formulas are easily absorbed into the skin. Apply it right after washing your face while the skin is still slightly damp to maximize the effects.
Protect Against the Sun
You may begin to notice brown sunspots on your skin as a result of lifelong exposure to harmful rays. It is important to take extra care to protect your skin from further sun damage in your 50s, as your skin is losing elasticity. Double up on sun protection by applying a product with an SPF of 20 or higher each day. Make sure that your sunscreen protects again both UVA and UVB rays.
Use Overnight Repairing Treatments
To reduce the appearance of fine lines and discoloration that you may begin to notice on your skin in your mid-50s, invest in a nighttime retinoid treatment. Retinoids boost collagen production, which can counteract the effects of aging by plumping your skin. Retinoids are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. For the highest strength retinoid, consult a dermatologist about obtaining a prescription.