Best Skin Care Over 50
What does estrogen have to do with skin health? More than you might imagine. It supports healthy cell function, helps maintain hydration, keeps skin plump and firm, and aids in the production of collagen. So when estrogen levels plummet during menopause, most women will notice some significant changes in the skin. On top of that, the natural lipids—ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol—are also declining in the skin as we age. But the story of your skin in your fifties doesn’t have to be about loss. By understanding what your skin needs now and adjusting your regimen accordingly, you can change the narrative. Here’s where to put your focus.
Get a Boost from Cell Regulating Ingredients
Cell regulators, like vitamin A, peptides, and vitamin C act directly on the collagen metabolism and stimulate the production of collagen and elastic fibers. Include these powerhouse ingredients in your regimen to help fight laxity and lines.
Vitamin A (retinol), the most widely used agent for fighting the signs of aging, fights not only extrinsic but also intrinsic skin aging. It reduces the signs of UV-induced early skin aging, such as wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and pigmentation by accelerating cell-turnover and boosting collagen production.
Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen. It spurs collagen production while inhibiting the enzymes that cause collagen breakdown. Its age-defying effects include brightening the skin and bringing a natural, radiant glow.
Peptides are the building blocks of collagen and as such belong in every over-50 skin care regimen. In addition to helping to lift sagging skin, fill in fine lines, peptides reduce redness and improve skin resilience.
Slow the Signs of Aging with Antioxidants
Vitamins C and E are superstar antioxidants with exceptional photoprotective properties that do their best work together. Clinical studies have proven that the antioxidant protection is higher from the combination of vitamins C and E than from either alone. Vivant’s Spin Trap Antioxidant Serum takes advantage of this synergistic pair in a formula that corrects and prevents environmental damage.
Bolster the Skin Barrier
Natural lipids like ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol, decrease with age contributing to inflammation, dehydration, and a compromised skin barrier. Look for ingredients like peptides, which reduce inflammation and redness, and niacinamide, which boosts skin’s ceramide production. You’ll find both in many of Vivant’s products including our ageless serums Derm-A-Renew and Rejuv Rx.
Switching to a gentle, creamy cleanser can help as well. Vivant’s Cleansing Milk is perfect for keeping skin nourished and hydrated. Antioxidant grape seed oil in the formula protects against environmental damage and aids in repairing the skin barrier.
Your moisturizer should do more than just hydrate. It should heal and protect. Vivant’s Marine Skin Nourishing Cream is a skin-optimizing formula loaded with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and bioactive ingredients. Marine minerals, amino acids, sea proteins, and polysaccharides help prevent oxidative stress in the skin while replenishing collagen and promoting a thicker epidermis. Leaves skin looking and feeling firmer, younger, smoother and incredibly soft.
For even more skin barrier support, try a restorative Algae Soft Mask once a week. Enriched with natural, bioactive and antioxidant ingredients to nourish and renew skin above and below the surface, it removes impurities, refines pores, revs circulation, and promotes cell repair, and leaves skin radiantly soft and smooth.
Boost Radiance with an Enzyme Peel
Enzyme peels, which gently exfoliate without stripping or irritating, work very well for mature skin. Enzyme peels temper exfoliating strength with soothing omega fatty acids and polyphenols. The enzymatic process is gentler than an AHA exfoliation because enzymes are activated by water and don’t penetrate as deeply as AHAs. Despite their gentler action, enzymes yield some dramatic results producing smoother, more supple skin texture and a brighter, more radiant tone. Talk to your esthetician about Vivant’s Prozyme Lite enzyme peel.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
This is the decade when you may start noticing changes in your lips. Fullness starts to decrease, the little fringe of fine lines in the upper lip may begin to appear, and color may be less intense. That’s because the skin of the lips is thin and more susceptible to the effects of collagen degradation, UV exposure, and repetitive motion. Never regret all the smiles and laughter. Instead, give your lips renewed volume, definition, and color with Maxilip plumper. Oxygenating ingredients rev circulation while peptides stimulate skin’s natural production of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. The effects of this semi-permanent plumper are cumulative, so using it regularly increases collagen and gives lips a fuller appearance. It will also improve the life of fillers if you’re using those.