The secret to a healthy glow this season? Hydration Dry and cold air may dry and harm your skin, so you need to protect it daily. Instead of using a lightweight moisturizer, opt for one that complements your skin type, and preferably has all of these components: humectants, hyaluronic acid, collagen, vitamins, and
SPF. The last one – SPF – is extremely important considering one simple fact which many people usually forget – sun shines in winter same as it does in summer. Just because it doesn’t shine as brightly, it doesn’t mean that it can’t harm your skin, so you should apply sunscreen daily. Also remember, the best time to moisturize is right after taking a bath or shower. If your skin still feels dry with consistent daily moisturizing, apply moisturizer a few times throughout the day.
Keep lips soft
Winter is the season of holidays, family reunions, romance, and love. So prepare yourself for lots of kisses. Use a lip balm to protect and soften your lips and a lipstick with additional moisturizing effect to keep the balance. Dry skin is one of the biggest challenges for women over 50 and cold weather doesn’t help at all. You need to be even more persistent in hydrating, not only with cosmetic products but also with drinking lots of water and maintaining healthy nutrition. This is not just good for your skin, but for your overall health as well.
Keep it clean
Cleansers remove dirt and dead cells but choose ones that won’t dry out your skin.Products containing natural exfoliators, such as alpha hydroxy acids, help slough away dead skin, clear up menopausal acne and stimulate collagen production. Your skin cells are constantly regenerating, even in your 50s, and exfoliating encourages the process.
Switch to a lighter shade of foundation. With less sun, your skin will naturally lose some color and your foundation should too. There’s nothing worse than the foundation that doesn’t match your skin–it should always look natural with no line of demarcation.
If you haven’t already, incorporate one into your routine now. Even if you’ve managed to sidestep dark circles and crow’s-feet, the skin around the eyes starts to become crepey (thanks to collagen loss) during this decade. Choose a product that contains collagen boosters, such as retinoids, peptides, or glycolic acid.
Keep your hands protected
Be sure to also apply sunscreen to your hands to protect them from premature aging. Consider applying a glycolic acid or antioxidant product to your hands to help repair sun damage.
Use bronzer but sparingly
Apply on the forehead, across the bridge of the nose, cheeks, and chin where the sun would naturally kiss your face. It will warm up your face and give it a nice glow. Hint: bronzer is also available in cream and gel formulas, but powder is pretty much fool-proof as long as you use a light hand and a big fluffy brush. IT Cosmetics makes a very natural, matte bronzer I like.
Exfoliate, at least once a week
A few times a week, use a dry brush to exfoliate your body and stimulate your lymphatic system. Unfortunately, as we age, cell regeneration starts to slow down, so our body doesn’t shed dead skin cells and generate the new ones as often. As these dead skin cells start to build up on our skin, it can cause it to look rough, dry and dull. Dead skin cells can also clog pores which can lead to acne breakouts.
For those with drier skin, I suggest skipping the powder altogether. A powder can settle into fine lines, and highlight wrinkles making you look older. I never powder under my eyes.
Soften skin overnight
Constant exposure to cold, dry air and moisture-zapping indoor heat will leave your body parched by day’s end. To the rescue: a dose of body oil. It will quickly sink in to calm tight, itchy skin before bedtime.