Over the course of your life, your skincare routine has likely evolved to best fit your needs. Once you mature, it’s important to start using specific ingredients that will help take care of your skin, such as those that reduce the appearance of wrinkles or brighten the skin. Here are 5 skincare tips every woman needs for this summer.
1. Stay Out of the Sun
Yes, you’ve probably heard it a hundred times before, and for good reason. Staying out of the sun is one of the most effective ways to protect against signs of aging, such as sunspots, fine lines, and sagging. However, if you are going to be spending time outdoors, it’s important to wear a sun hat and sunscreen.
Although some suggest wearing sunscreen with SPF 15, many dermatologists agree that you should be aiming for a minimum of SPF 30 for ideal protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s also recommended that you opt for physical sunscreen as opposed to chemical sunscreen, as physical sunscreen sits atop the skin and reflects both UVA and UVB rays as soon as it’s applied. As an additional benefit, physical sunscreens are less likely to clog pores. When choosing a hat, be sure to pick a broad-brimmed hat the shades your head, ears, face, and neck.
2. Use a Face Oil
Face oils are gaining in popularity due to their many benefits for the skin, including shrinking enlarged pores, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and sealing in moisture. Although it may sound counterintuitive to apply facial oil to your skin when your skin already produces its own oils, face oils can actually complement your natural oils. Face oils strengthen the outer layer of your skin and therefore prevent moisture loss.
Face oils can be applied as part of your morning or nighttime skincare routine, or they can even be used as a spot treatment to combat dryness or dark spots. Adding face oil to your moisturizer or serum can be a great way to get some additional benefits.
3. Apply Retinol
You can’t talk about skincare for women over 50 without mentioning retinol. If you haven’t heard of it before, retinol is a form of vitamin A that stimulates cell turnover. However, instead of simply removing dead skin cells, retinol penetrates the outer layer of skin to reach the dermis, where it neutralizes free radicals and stimulates elastin and collagen production. This gives the skin a plump look and also reduces the appearance of fine lines, large pores, and hyperpigmentation.
Everyone’s skin is different, so it’s best to acclimate your skin to retinol by only applying a small amount once a week and then building from there if your skin doesn’t experience irritation. While some people can apply retinol every day with no problem, others with more sensitive skin may only be able to apply it a few times a week. Nevertheless, you’ll still reap the many benefits that retinol has to offer.
4. Try a Cosmetic Laser Procedure
Although lasers can be costly and sometimes painful, they’ve been shown to have numerous benefits for the skin, such as lightning sunspots and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are two main types of laser procedures: ablative and non-ablative. While ablative lasers vaporize the damaged outer layer of skin, non-ablative lasers penetrate deeper into the skin to stimulate collagen production. Because ablative laser resurfacing can result in swelling or inflammation, it’s ideal for women who can take a few weeks off from work to recover. It’s also best for those who have significant signs of aging or scarring and want to see results quickly.
On the other hand, non-ablative laser resurfacing is best for women who can’t afford to take time off, as the skin is typically not affected aside from occasional redness or irritation. It’s also ideal for those who have minimal signs of aging and don’t mind undergoing several treatments before seeing results.
5. Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliating is an essential part of any skincare routine, as it promotes cell turnover by removing dead skin. This can allow your moisturizers, serums, and other face products to penetrate more deeply into the skin and therefore offer better results. You lose 50 million skin cells a day, and letting them sit on the skin will give it a dry and dull appearance.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that exfoliating too much can actually strip your skin of its oily barrier and cause irritation, redness, or dry skin. Dermatologists generally recommend exfoliating the skin two to three times a week and always being gentle during the process.
Adjusting your skincare routine to fit your needs is essential, especially as you reach your mature years. Following these five tips can help you get healthy, glowing skin this summer.
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