Do you feel that your skin has lost its glow over the years? You are not alone in this, and you are not imagining it either. Achieving glowing skin after 50, especially after menopause, can be a little tricky. However, tricky doesn’t mean impossible! To help you get glowing skin after 50, we’ve prepared a little guide: we’re going to talk a little bit about the changes your skin is currently undergoing, and then we’re going to tell you how to adapt your skincare routine to match your current needs. If you’re after a glowing, radiant complexion, this is the post for you.
Menopause & Dull Skin
Can menopause cause dull skin?
Let’s start by establishing something here: yes, menopause can be the cause of your skin’s dullness. Menopause causes immense changes in the body, of course, and the skin is no exception. People who are perimenopausal or postmenopausal are definitely in a phase where they are going to encounter new challenges with their skin, and a certain dullness and loss of radiance can be one of them.
In addition to dullness, menopause can bring a whole other series of changes to the skin, such as:
- Dryness, which sometimes leads to itching;
- Wrinkles, caused by skin thinning and loss of collagen and elastin;
- Difficulty in healing the skin;
- Extra sensitivity, due to an impairment of the skin’s barrier function;
- Dullness, in part because the skin can’t retain water as easily;
- Sun damage, as the skin becomes less able to protect itself from free radicals.
What is the secret to youthful glowing skin after menopause?
There really isn’t a secret to having glowing and radiant skin after menopause; it’s all about responding to your skin’s current needs, and trying to anticipate potential problems. Here is what the scientific evidence has suggested:
- Replenish what your skin has lost due to hormonal changes. Repairing a damaged skin barrier is the first step. If you have a damaged skin barrier, your skin will struggle to stay stable and healthy. It won’t do you any good to pile on the best skincare ingredients if your skin isn’t healthy. Thus, the most important thing at this stage of life is to ensure that the skin is repaired and replenished;
- Hydrate and nourish your skin. At this stage, your skin loses both water and lipids at a faster pace, and it’s important to replenish both to prevent dehydration and dryness. This is one of the most important steps to get glowing skin after 50;
- Work with your collagen and elastin. We mentioned above that your skin, during and after menopause, loses collagen and elastin. These fibers are essential for maintaining firm, youthful-looking skin. Nowadays, there are plenty of skincare ingredients that can help you stimulate these fibers, and we talk about them in more detail below;
- Wear sunscreen. As the skin ages, it becomes more vulnerable to the appearance of dark spots. Using sunscreen every day (or a BB cream with high SPF) can help prevent them, and will definitely help you achieve a more even complexion.
The best products to make the skin glow after menopause
Being 50 does not in any way mean that you can only use menopause-approved products. There are some great ones available, but you’ve still got the entire world of skincare at your disposal!
We’re going to share some of our best recommendations for glowing skin after 50, tried and tested by our Care to Beauty community:
Ingredients for glowing skin after menopause
We can’t talk about glowing skin without talking about retinol. Retinol is the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients. It’s a triple threat, too, as it helps improve the skin texture, smooth wrinkles, and increase firmness. If your skin can’t tolerate retinol, you can also use exfoliating acids to keep your skin smooth and uniform–so that it reflects the light just right.
In addition to retinol and exfoliating acids, which will help you improve your skin’s texture, you can also invest in ingredients that will directly target brightness. Among these, the best known is vitamin C, but you can also bet on Thiamidol or resveratrol.
Finally, remember what we said above about repairing the damaged skin barrier. To help you achieve that, we recommend using ceramides. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin can also help you maintain your skin’s moisture levels and thus achieve a more glowing and radiant appearance.
If you have sensitive skin and this all seems a little overwhelming, we have a solution for you: niacinamide, an ingredient that is as effective at soothing sensitive skin as it is at fighting the signs of aging.
Serums for glowing skin after 50
If glowing skin is your main goal, then you should choose a serum based on the active ingredients we mentioned above: retinol, hyaluronic acid, or vitamin C are all good options to include in your serum. With these options, you will be able to plump your skin and give it the extra boost it needs:
Moisturizers for glowing skin after 50
When choosing a moisturizing cream, you should focus mainly on repairing your skin barrier. You’ve already used active ingredients in your serum, and now you should think of the cream as the skincare step that replenishes your skin and gives it all the hydration and nutrition it needs to stay healthy:
As you can see, there are a lot of great products that you can use to get glowing skin after 50. If you focus on replenishing your skin, refining your skin’s texture, and preventing and correcting dark spots, radiant skin is within reach! Make sure to drop by the shop to browse our full selection of anti-aging products, and embrace this new phase of your life!
Pharmacy Technician & Beauty Writer