Health, Beauty & Skincare Tips for Mature Women
Are you searching for health, beauty & skincare tips that will help you to stay as young and refreshed as possible, for as long as possible? Looking after your skin and your body is always important, but by the time you are in your 50’s it’s likely that you have started to notice a few signs of aging in your face and your body.
This is where our health, beauty & skincare tips come in handy, because even if you haven’t paid much attention to yourself until now – there are always things you can do to improve yourself and feel as healthy and fit as possible. So here are our top 50 health, beauty & skincare tips for women over 50.
The first of our skincare tips concerns sunscreen, because every day you need to wear at least a 30+ sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh drying effects of the sun. Damage from UV rays can quickly cause premature fine lines and wrinkles, as well as sunspots and age spots to appear on your skin. It’s much easier to prevent these problems occurring than try to banish them once they take root!
2. 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. Not wearing sunscreen on your face and neck when you are outdoors is one of the best ways to prematurely age your skin – so always remember to wear a high SPF sunscreen and keep your complexion looking young and fresh.
3. 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 (because its a powerful Antioxidant).
4. Exfoliate your skin to keep it young looking
As you age, your skin tends to thicken, which means that you need to exfoliate more frequently than when you were younger. This helps to reveal the softer, fresher skin hiding underneath all 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.
5. 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.
6. Banish dark under-eye circles
Use a Hyaluronic Acid Serum containing plenty of Antioxidants to help reduce those dark circles and puffy eyes, which make you look really tired and much older than your years.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Forget eye shadow
You might need to minimize your use of eye shadow, particularly if you favor bright colors, as these draw attention to your eyelids, which can become ‘droopy’ as you age.
10. Define your eyebrows
Define your eyebrows, but don’t over pluck them and use a soft eyebrow pencil to thicken your eyebrows as necessary.
11. 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.
12. Lighten up on your lipstick
As you age, your lips become thinner, which is a problem, because many 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.
13. Use a good moisturizer
As you age, your 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 first massaging in your hydrating serum and you will be good to go.
14. Try chemical peels
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.
15. 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 or laser treatments for permanent hair removal and look forward to a silky smooth chin line.
16. A moustache 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.
17. Eat more fresh fish
Fish provides Omega 3 and the all the good fats, which helps to regenerate your skin and improve your skin’s tone and texture. So fill up on salmon, mackerel and sardines and help your skin stay younger (look for a Hyaluronic Acid Serum that contains Omega 3 as well).
18. 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.
19. 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 serums are a great way to brighten your complexion) and also in your diet as much as possible.
20. Don’t forget a night time moisturizer
Post menopause your skin dries out even more, so it’s 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 serum into your moisturizer as well).
21. It’s time to use 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 delicate eye area for best results.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. Increase your vitamin A
25. 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 diet (and you can also include it as an ingredient in your serums).
26. 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, minimise mild hyper-pigmentation problems and look forward to a more even complexion.
27. Reduce your sugar intake
Apart from helping you to lose weight and preventing the onset of diabetes, 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.
28. Cut down on processed meats
These are high in salt and preservatives and 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 and look forward to a more youthful complexion.
29. Increase your vitamin C
This vitamin is a potent Antioxidant that helps to reverse the signs of aging caused by free radical damage. So eat more foods that contain Vitamin C, take supplements and use a Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Serum on your face and neck.
30. Limit those long luxurious baths
Long soaks in hot water might sound blissful, but they 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 often and use warm, rather than hot water; moisturizing your skin after your abth is essential!
31. Stop smoking
Easier said than done, but smoking causes your skin to prematurely age and an increased number of wrinkles around your lips. So chat to your medical professional and try your best to cut out those ciggies. If this is the only one of our skincare tips you use – it will be worth it!
32. 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 much older appearance. Cut down on the salt in your food and look forward to a healthier complexion.
33. Stop frowning
Scowling or frowning repetitively can prematurely cause frown lines to appear on your brow. So stop frowning! Be happy, don’t frown and reduce your chance of having wrinkles.
34. 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. You can still enjoy your saunas, just not too often and be sure to moisturize your skin well afterwards.
35. Replace your pillow cases
Pillow cases collect lots of dirt and oils from your face, so to keep your skin squeaky clean, make sure to refresh your pillow slips at least weekly, if not more frequently.
36. 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.
37. 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. Adding Rosehip Oil to your beauty routine is a very effective strategy for keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay – and is another one of our great skincare tips!
38. 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 not only helps to clean out all of those enlarged pores (a side effect of menopause), but also pumps lots of wonderful moisture into your skin.
39. Shower after you swim
Chlorine in pools can really dry out your skin, so make sure you rinse away the chlorine and moisturize after every dip to keep your skin looking healthy and supple.
40. 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 to protect your delicate eye area.
41. 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. This is another one of our skincare tips that can make a big difference to your self esteem!
42. Use a hyaluronic acid serum
Hyaluronic Acid 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.
43. 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.
44. Boost collagen production
Aging means a reduction in collagen production, so look for skin care products and facial serums that contain vitamins 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.
45. 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. When you feel good – you also look good, so ramp up your energy with regular exercise and you will start to feel younger every day!
46. Indulge in a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon
Skincare tips don’t get any better than this! Did you know that 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 and look forward to fewer lines and wrinkles!
47. 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 serums, moisturizer and sunscreen here as well. This is one of our skincare tips that will make a lot of difference to your skin!
48. 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.
49. Look for products containing licorice
If you have adult acne or lots of dark spots or age spots on your skin, use a serum containing licorice, as this reduces inflammation and lightens your skin tone (licorice is chocked full of antioxidants).
50. Use a tinted moisturizer
The last of our skincare tips is to stop using a heavy foundation, as this ages your appearance – instead use a lightly tinted moisturizer after applying your hydrating hyaluronic acid facial serum, which won’t emphasize any fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid serums have become very popular in the skincare industry, simply because they have such a remarkable effect on your complexion. When an ingredient this good comes along, everyone wants to jump on the band-wagon!
The cooler autumn temperatures and lower humidity levels cause your skin to loose some of its moisture, so autumn is all about hydration and repairing any damage caused during summer. It’s also a good time to prepare your skin for the ravages of the cold winter months yet to arrive.
There are many factors that are essential to maintaining a youthful complexion, but collagen production is the key element! The problem is that as you age, the amount of collagen in your skin decreases, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. The solution is to increase the production of collagen in your skin.