Keeping your skin beautiful with hyaluronic acid serum and lots of love
Looking after your skin is always important, but by the time you are in your 50’s you usually start to notice a few pesky signs of aging in your face. This is where a hyaluronic acid serum can come in handy, because not only does your skin start to become drier as you approach and overcome menopause, but a lack of collagen causes the skin around your jawline and neck to wilt and lose its youthful definition.
Then you start to see too many fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes and the occasional age spot or sun spot becomes visible as well. So what can you do to bring a youthful glow back to your complexion?
Well first of all, a hyaluronic acid serum is a fabulous addition to your skin care routine, because it delivers a super pulse of hydration deep into your cells, ramping up the moisture and plumping out your skin.
There are also lots of other luscious skin care ingredients you can include in your hyaluronic acid serum, all of which help to hold off the ravages of time on your skin. So on top of adding a hyaluronic acid serum to your beauty routine, there are plenty of other beauty tips which will help to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.
Check out my 50 skincare tips for women over 50 and look forward to a healthier, fresher and more youthful appearance.
- Wear sunscreen: Every day, wear at least a 30+ sunscreen to protect your sun from the harsh drying effects of the sun, which can cause premature fine lines and wrinkles.
- Wear foundation + sunscreen: If you forget to wear sunscreen, but you like to wear foundation, make sure that it contains a sunscreen, so at least you have some protection from the sun.
- Banish brown spots: Sunscreen protects your skin from brown spots, caused by free radical damage from too much sun exposure. Serums containing hyaluronic acid and vitamin C help to not only moisturize your skin, but the vitamin C helps to minimize these brown spots.
- Exfoliate your skin to keep it young looking: As we age, our skin tends to thicken, which means that we need to exfoliate more frequently than when we were younger. This helps to reveal the softer, fresher skin hiding underneath all of those accumulating dead skin cells. Glycolic acid serums help to exfoliate your skin and can be used weekly to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing.
- Get plenty of sleep: A lack of sleep can lead to tired and dull looking skin with dark circles under your eyes. So make sure you catch up on your sleep and keep your skin looking bright and healthy.
- Banish dark under-eye circles: Use a hyaluronic acid serum containing plenty of antioxidants to help reduce those dark circles, which make us look really tired and much older than our years.
- Keep using mascara: Don’t forgo the volumizing mascara, as this helps to define your eyes and detract from those fine lines and wrinkles, which you don’t want to emphasize around your eyes.
- Change your mascara color: Black mascara can be very harsh on older skin, so switch to brown for a softer look, emphasizing your eyes and taking the focus away from any fine lines.
- Forget eyeshadow: You might need to minimize your use of eyeshadow, particularly if you favor bright colors, as these draw attention to your eyelids, which can become ‘droopy’ as we age.
- Define your eyebrows: Define your eyebrows, but don’t over pluck them and use a soft eyebrow pencil to thicken your eyebrows as necessary.
- With foundation – less is more: Unfortunately, foundation can become lost in fine lines and wrinkles, emphasizing rather than concealing them. So use a light concealer instead of a full face foundation and think about using a translucent power as well.
- Lighten up on your lipstick: As we age, our lips become thinner, the problem is that lip liners tend to emphasize thin lips, whilst darker colored lipsticks make thin lips look harsh. So it might be time to ignore the lip liner and lighten up a few shades on your lipstick.
- Use a good moisturizer: As we age our skin becomes thinner and drier, so investing in a good moisturizer is vital to keeping your skin looking and feeling soft and velvety. Apply your moisturizer after your hydrating serum and you will be good to go.
- Chemical peels do have a place in your skincare: If you seriously want to soften your lines and wrinkles or you have an uneven skin tone, then a chemical peel performed by a medical professional might be the way to go. A glycolic acid peel or a micro-dermabrasion might be the answer to your problems and if so, will give you a more youthful and brighter complexion for much longer.
- Remove those pesky chin hairs: Aging sometimes can be no fun at all! Plucking those annoying chin hairs just makes them even more persistent, so investigate electrolysis for permanent hair removal and look forward to a silky smooth chin line.
- A mustache is just not on: If you find that the fine hairs on your upper lip seem to become darker with age, then the best option is to remove them with waxing or to lighten them so they are not so noticeable.
- Eat more fish: Fish gives you Omega 3 and the all the good fats, which help to regenerate your skin, and improving your skin tone and texture. So fill up on salmon, mackerel and sardines and help your skin stay young (look for a hyaluronic acid serum that contains Omega 3 as well).
- Use a soap-free cleanser: You need to avoid any type of facial cleanser that dries your skin, so bypass the solid bar soaps and anything with alcohol and look for one with lots of moisturizing ingredients, such as jojoba oil.
- Take lots of antioxidants: These are fabulous for helping to reduce the effects of sun damage on your skin and for assisting in cellular repair. So include them in your skincare products (antioxidant face serums are a great way to brighten your complexion) and also in your diet as much as possible.
- Don’t forget a night time moisturizer: Post menopause your skin dries out even more, so it is important to add as much hydration as you can back into your skin. A luscious moisturizing cream chock full of hydrating agents, such as hyaluronic acid is a fabulous addition to your skincare routine (you can even add a few drops of your hyaluronic acid serum into your moisturizer as well).
- It’s time to add in an eye cream: The skin around your eyes becomes much thinner as you age and this area really needs lots of love and moisture. So include an eye cream in your beauty routine, one that deeply moisturizes your eye area for best results.
- Drink lots of water: Go easy on the alcohol and caffeinated drinks, but include lots of water in your day to help flush out all those accumulated toxins and keep your skin hydrated.
- Cut down on processed foods: These cause havoc with your skin and can damage the normal production of your skin cells. So increase the amount of fresh foods in your diet and avoid highly processed foods.
- Increase your vitamin A: This super antioxidant boosts the production of collagen, so include it in your diet or as a supplement, as well as in your moisturizer and as an ingredient in your hyaluronic acid face serum.
- Drink green tea: Research has shown that green tea is a potent antioxidant. It helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen in your skin and reduce the damage to your skin caused by the sun. So instead of regular tea or even coffee, start including green tea into your day.
- Minimize age spots: Exfoliants that include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic acid help to reduce those unsightly age spots or dark spots on your skin. So add an exfoliant into your beauty routine.
- Reduce your sugar intake: Apart from helping you to lose weight, reducing the amount of sugar in your diet also limits the production of harmful molecules in your body that break down collagen. So cut down on the sugar and give your face a youthful boost in collagen.
- Cut down on processed meats: These are high in salt and preservatives and so contribute to puffy eyes. They also eat up your vitamin C, resulting in saggy skin which ages your appearance. So cut down on processed meats and add more fresh produce to your diet.
- Increase your vitamin C: This vitamin is a potent antioxidant and helps to reverse the signs of aging caused by free radical damage and over exposure to the sun. So eat more foods with vitamin C, take supplements and use a hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum on your face and neck.
- Limit those luxurious baths: Really long soaks in hot water remove essential oils from your skin and cause your skin to become dry. You can still indulge in your luxurious bath time rituals, but not too many and use warm, rather than hot water.
- Stop smoking: Easier said than done, but smoking causes your skin to prematurely age and causes an increased number of wrinkles around your lips. So chat to your medical professional and try your best to cut out those ciggies.
- Cut back on salt: Not only can salt increase your blood pressure, but it can also dry your skin, giving you a tired, dull and older appearance. So cut down on the salt in your food and look forward to a healthier complexion.
- Stop frowning: Scowling or frowning repetitively can prematurely cause those horrid frown lines on your brow. So be happy, don’t frown and reduce your chance of having wrinkles.
- Cut down on saunas: Just like hot baths or showers, hot saunas can dry your skin and also reduce the production of collagen, causing your skin to sag. So you can still enjoy your saunas, just not too often and be sure to moisturize your skin well afterwards.
- Replace your pillow cases: Pillow cases collect lots of dirt and oils from your face, so as it is important to keep your skin squeaky clean, refresh your pillow slips at least weekly, if not more frequently.
- Buy a memory foam pillow: If you always tend to sleep on the same side of your body every night then your face can develop more creases on that side of your face. To stop this from happening, try a memory foam pillow and avoid those one-sided face creases, which really age your appearance.
- Use rosehip oil in your skincare products: This oil is full of vitamin A and Omega 3, 6 and 9. As a strong antioxidant, rosehip oil fights the damage caused by free radicals, and the fatty acids assist in cellular repair and skin rejuvenation.
- Indulge in a facial: Make an appointment at the salon and give yourself the pleasure of a deep moisturizing, cleansing and anti-aging facial once a month. This helps to clean out all of those enlarged pores (a side effect of menopause) and pumps lots of wonderful moisture into your skin.
- Shower after you swim: Chlorine in pools can really dry out your skin, so make sure you rinse well and moisturize after every dip and keep your skin looking healthy.
- Wear sunglasses outside: Bright lights and glaring sun can cause you to squint excessively, resulting in premature fine lines and crow’s feet around your eyes. So wear a good pair of sunglasses when you are outside and protect your delicate eye area.
- Have your eyesight checked: Constantly squinting your eyes to focus on computer screens, books, newspapers and even the information on the back of sauce bottles, encourages crow’s feet and lines around your eyes, so if you need glasses for close work, then wear them.
- Use a hyaluronic acid serum: These serums dramatically increase the hydration of your skin and give your complexion a much more youthful and brighter appearance. Add in vitamin C and retinol, as well as other luscious active ingredients and you have a youth-giving serum made in heaven.
- Cleanse your face at night time: As we age our pores enlarge and this means that stale makeup and other debris can block your pores, causing blackheads. So cleanse your face before you sleep and then use a hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum for extra moisture and antioxidants or an AHA serum to remove all those dead skin cells.
- Boost collagen production: Aging means a reduction in collagen production, so look for skin care products and facial serums that contain vitamin A or C, MSM, L-Arginine, peptides, Gotu Kola, horsetail or salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid), all of which boost the production of collagen in your skin.
- Keep exercising: Moving your blood around and expending energy helps to keep your skin looking fresh and gives your complexion a more youthful and radiant glow.
- Indulge in a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon: Research has shown that a glass of red a day is good for your heart and also contains lots of antioxidants, which are good for your skin. Cab Sav has the highest amount of antioxidants – so enjoy a guilt free glass of red with your meal now and again.
- Don’t forget your neck: A wrinkly, sagging neck is terribly aging, so remember to exfoliate this area along with your face, and use your serum, moisturizer and sunscreen here as well.
- Face exercises are the bomb: It might sound daft but many people swear by face and neck exercises for keeping their skin looking toned and youthful as they age. It certainly doesn’t hurt to try using facial exercises, you will never know until you try – they may work wonders to rejuvenate your skin tone.
- Look for products containing licorice: If you have adult acne or lots of dark spots or age spots on your skin, use a hyaluronic acid serum containing licorice as this reduces inflammation and lightens your skin tone (licorice is chocked full of antioxidants).
- Use a tinted moisturizer: Instead of a heavy foundation which ages your appearance, use a lightly tinted moisturizer after your hydrating hyaluronic acid facial serum, which won’t emphasize fine lines and wrinkles.
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