By Gwen Lewis, guest contributor
The day I turned 30, I was a wreck. Most of us women are - after years of reveling in our carefree youth, the idea that our twenties are over can be quite a lot to process. That evening, I found myself in sweatpants on the couch, watching old movies with my best friend (still a few months away from the big 3-0 herself).
“Cheer up. At least you’re not fifty,” said my girlfriend.
How wrong she was! In my experience, a woman’s fifties are some of the best years of her life. She’s more confident. Her relationships are stronger. If she’s lucky, she may even have a few grandkids to spoil. In fact, as I now round the corner from my fifties into my sixties, I just can’t imagine being afraid or unhappy with my advancing age. Things just keep getting better!
Of course, in order to keep feeling great, I take extra care to make sure my skin is looking great. Here are a few tips for maintaining a lovely complexion after well after fifty...
Moisture is Key
During your fifties, your skin begins to lose its tone. This can result in sagging skin, which makes a woman look older (or at the very least, perpetually grumpy). To combat these effects, I have three words for you: moisture, moisture, moisture. With healthy, hydrated skin, a woman can help to minimize any sagging around her face and neck.
One way to keep the skin moisturized is with regular face creams. Everything, from your nightly cleanser to your sunblock for the beach, should have moisturizers in it. Seek out products rich in peptides, retinoids, or amino acids, too. These compounds can help smooth the skin while it hydrates. It’s a simple change, but it makes a big difference!
Up the Antioxidants
You probably know that when you reach middle age, your beauty routine doesn’t stop with your face anymore. Beauty creams and serums are a popular choice among women looking to beautify the skin around their necks, too. If you want to take extra care of this area, you’ll want to reach for a firming cream that’s rich in antioxidants.
According to dermatologists, antioxidants are key players in the effort to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and discolored skin. Antioxidants are reducing agents, so they will help to slow down the skin’s aging process and make you look wonderful. Use a neck firming cream each night, or find a facial cream that you can use from the shoulders on up.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
The lips are unsung heroes of the face. They brave the elements when we’re outdoors. They suffer under slabs of lipstick when we’re out with friends. And of course, the also suffer constant use, as we put them to work eating, talking, kissing, and generally enjoying our lives. This is why our lips need special care as we age.
You see, if you aren’t careful, those lips can turn on you, looking wrinkled and weathered in a way that could age even the most youthful-looking woman. To avoid these wrinkles (and to help your lips maintain their natural shape), start making regular use of any lip-specific product that targets the area around your mouth and boosts collagen production.
Always Use Eye Cream
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. But by the time you reach your fifties, your eyes may not be set in the finest window dressing. Dark circles, wrinkles, and fine lines are just a few of the problems a woman can encounter around her eyes, and these problems can cause some women's’ self-esteem to plummet.
Thankfully, there are many eye creams available to eliminate these issues. Nightly eye cream is something every woman (and man) should adopt in their fifties and continue to use well into their later years. Not only do these products boost collagen production around the eyes, putting them on can be very soothing - a perfect addition to any bedtime routine.
These skincare tips seem minor (a little cream here, a little serum there), but they make a world of difference. Give them a try; I promise you’ll look and feel your very best. When you feel your best, you’ll have the confidence to live to the fullest - and if you ask me, that’s the only way to live it!
"Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the fashion and health industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf.