Winter and dry skin go hand in hand. The lack of moisture in the cold air outside combined with the oppressive heat inside is a recipe for dehydration at any age, and that goes double if you have mature skin. That’s because as you age, it becomes harder for your skin to retain moisture because collagen levels decrease. This means that women over 50 should increase their use of winter-friendly ingredients from now until spring to keep their complexion healthy. To help you develop a routine that will see you through to the higher temperatures, we reveal the best winter skincare for mature skin over 50.
Table of Contents
- Winter care for mature skin: tips for hydrated skin.
- Use retinol or retinoids
- Facial care for mature skin over 50: Wear SPF
- Winter care for mature skin – use chemical peels
- Cosmetics for normal and sensitive skin over 50: try oil cleansing in the winter months
- Beauty tips for the cold season – care for chapped lips
- Winter care for mature skin: do not forget about the rest of your body
Winter care for mature skin: tips for hydrated skin
While hydration is beneficial for women of all ages, it is especially important for mature skin. Dehydrated skin shows the signs of aging more clearly, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sagging and loss of volume. That’s why it’s especially important for women over 50 to drink the recommended daily amount of water and use moisturizing skin care products. However, don’t just reach for any old face cream. Women over 50 are best off treating their skin with thicker, more occlusive products and those with nourishing and moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, peptides and squalane.
Use retinol or retinoids
If you’re aiming for a face with fewer lines and wrinkles, incorporate the gold standard among anti-aging ingredients into your routine. Dermatologists confirm that retinoids are good not only for ladies with mature skin, but also for everyone over the age of 20. As we age, our bodies lose important substances like collagen, elastin, and vitamin A – all of which keep our skin supple and youthful – leading to visible signs of aging like sagging skin and fine lines.
Fortunately, retinoic acid (vitamin A acid) an extremely effective ingredient in retinol and retinoids, has the ability to attach to other skin cell receptors and change them to behave like a younger, healthier skin cell. Retinoic acid also acts as an antioxidant, preventing free radical damage that leads to the noticeable signs of aging. Properly integrated into the skin care routine, retinol improves the appearance and function of the skin barrier by boosting collagen production, improving skin tone and evenness, increasing cell turnover, strengthening the skin barrier and more.
Retinol can severely dry and irritate the skin, especially in mature skin that is more prone to dryness, so it’s important to choose a soothing retinol formula.
Facial care for older skin over 50: Wear SPF.
People often associate sunscreen with warm weather, so they think it’s not necessary in the winter – but it is. Sun protection is a golden rule at any age – even in winter. Skin, no matter how warm it is outside, is susceptible to damage from external aggressors like UV rays, blue light from screens, pollution and more. All of these factors can cause signs of aging to develop and/or worsen.
Winter care for mature skin – use chemical peels
As we age, several important functions of the skin barrier slow down: collagen and elastin production, cell turnover, and more. Chemical peels can help boost these processes, eliminate visible signs of aging, and improve the overall health and appearance of the skin barrier.
Cosmetics for normal and sensitive skin over 50: Try oil cleansing in the winter months.
If you’ve never heard of oil cleansing before: It involves massaging nourishing oils into the skin and then using a very warm, clean washcloth to wipe away excess oil. You can buy ready-made oil cleansing products in most cosmetic departments or make your own using pure, cold-pressed oils such as castor oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, etc. Some people even do a double cleanse – oil cleanser first, followed by a traditional foam cleanser to make sure their pores are as clean as possible.
Beauty tips for the cold season – care for chapped lips.
Chapped lips are inevitable in winter and they can be not only unsightly, but also painful. In addition to exfoliating your lips, keep a high-quality lip balm at home, at work, and in your purse to use as often as needed. You might also consider applying a lip mask once a week to double up on moisturizing. You can buy gel masks, similar to the popular masks for the eye area, or you can simply apply a nourishing oil like coconut oil or argan oil before you go to sleep at night.
Winter care for mature skin: don’t forget the rest of your body
Your face and lips get the most wear and tear in the winter because they’re usually not protected by layers of clothing, but dry heating air and slowed natural oil production can make the rest of your body dry and itchy, too. After showering, while your skin is still damp, apply a rich moisturizer all over your body, not forgetting your hands and feet.
It’s also a good idea to keep a moisturizing hand cream in your purse to treat your chapped hands when you get home from outdoors and after washing.