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A skin care regime for 50-somethings

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Sagging Skin
April 27, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments

I will be 50 on my next birthday. Mostly, I regard it as a great milestone and I confess to a vainglorious twinge of pride that I approach it in rude good health and with husband who is still, well...., enthusiastic. If those two things will take me all the way to 60, I am going to have very little to complain about (although I will doubtless find things). However, there are a couple of things that are conspiring to create a less positive outlook on the next decade. The dampener isn't wrinkles - I think I'm getting them under control (see the skincare regime for 40-somethings). No, as I approach my fiftieth, there are two blots on the horizon: sagging and just about everything from the neck down.

I am finally beginning to appreciate my chubby cheeks (so what if I look like a demented hamster when I smile). Those cheek muscles have been doing a fairly good job of holding things up. Nevertheless, the cosmetic clock has started to chime and I have recently noticed the beginnings of puppet lines and - horror of horrors - downward trailing grooves at the corners of my mouth and flowing from the crease of my chin. This is recent, so I haven't cracked it yet. So until I find better - and trust me, the hunt is on - here's my anti-sagging arsenal.

Using my Baby Quasar to top up once-a-month salon treatments, definitely helps. There is a visible plumping of the skin and, if the LED literature is to be believed, this is not just superficial. LED is light emitting diode with a low-level power output that uses red light (visible) and infra-red light (invisible). LED is much gentler than intense pulse light (IPL) or laser resurfacing. It works by stimulating the body’s tissues to convert the light energy into cellular energy. It boosts collagen production and scavenger cells that remove excess pigmentation or scar tissue.

My other monthly treatment is a microcurrent facial. This gives facial muscles a little workout so that they help hold everything up. So far, these treatments are doing a good job, but if all else fails I would consider hyaluronic fillers. I've seen good results with Restylane on other people and there is some research that suggests that the presence of the filler actually increases collagen production. At this stage, this is the only invasive treatment that I would even contemplate. And still, I would prefer to find a topical solution.

The best of the anti-sagging potions and lotions that I have found so far is Nutra-lift Rejuvenating Therapy. I just got reacquainted with it the other day, when I was looking around for something to compare with Avon's Anew Clinical Derma Full X3. I've been trying Nutra-Lift on the downward lines on one side of my mouth and chin, and Avon on the other. Avon claims to be clinical grade hyaluronic in a bottle rather than a syringe. It seemed as if it might be having an effect, but it may also have caused an ugly breakout of hive-sized zits on my chin so I'm giving it a rest for a few days. Nutra-Lift, on the other hand, is benign and also seems to be making a difference. Plus it has an array of great anti-aging ingredients, including Matrixyl 3000 and the firming job is supposed to be handled by DMAE, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin C ester and astaxanthin. It is so well-priced at around $45 that it puts many high end brands to shame.

As for the rest of the body, I've come to the conclusion that the exposed parts - hands, neck, decollete - need the same kind of TLC as my face. I am using my Baby Q on these areas and this has made a huge difference. I also use IMAGE Skincare's Ageless glycolic acid serum on my neck and chest and this is helping to clarify and smooth the skin. Neck and hand creams that I've found worthy of recommendation (although this isn't what they are necessarily marketed as) are Dr Perricone's Firming Neck Therapy (with astaxanthin, carnosine and taurine), April Rain (hyaluronate, pseudoalterononas ferment (a strain of bacteria from the Arctic Circle that helps with water retention) and a bunch of peptides) and Dermaxime's Rejuvenating Day Cream (with, amongst many other things, hexapeptide-10, a chain of six amino acids that stimulate cell activity by interacting with specific molecules).

Recently, I have started to include my hands when I apply a mask to my face. I smear some of the mask, such as Abrione's Hydrodynamic Facial Mask, on the backs of my hands. Same thing with Suki's exfoliating cleanser.

I am also researching body creams that have anti-aging potential. I have definitely reached the point when a body lotion is no longer enough. Some of the best that I have found so far are Pevonia's Anti-Aging Body LotionOsmotics Age Defense Barrier Repair Body Silk.

Of course, age spots are another bane of aging skin. I'll be coming back to treatments for them in a future post.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift

Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Matrixyl 3000 at 5% (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 PAL KTTKS), Vitamin C ester, sea kelp / algae, liposomes, astraxanthin, grape seed extract, cetyl esters, nikkomulese, co-Q10, pycogenol, natural mixed tocopherals (vitamin e), anti-oxidant complex 14, natural firming complex (dmae, alpha lipoic acid) fruit flower complex 12, herbal complex 30, plant derived polysorbate 20, hydroxyethyl-cellulose, hyaluronic acid, copper peptide, marine collagen, marine elastine, organic royal jelly, Mexican yam, green tea, milk thistle, retinyl palmitate, ( vitamin A) ppgsmdi co-polymer., l-tyrosine, zinc sulfate, squalene, colloidal minerals.

Ingredients in Perricone Neck Therapy

Aqua (Water), Taurine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phosphatidylcholine, Palmitoyl Carnosine, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Pyridoxamine Dihydrochloride, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Resveratrol, Disodium EDTA, Pantethine, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Astaxanthin, Parfum (Fragrance

See also:

A skin care regime for 20-somethings
A skin care regime for 30-somethings
A skin care regime for 40-somethings (part one: treatments)
A skin care regime for 40-somethings (part two: potions & lotions)

  • September 1, 2009

    by Leslie

    So true about skin care having become complex. However, it's really about promoting a certain image through superbly crafted marketing. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, in a free-market economic system such as we have in the U.S. I'm almost 56, and my skin is in great shape. My secret? Soap and water. Inexpensive (under $10.00) moisterizer, no particular brand. Mainly, I have inner peace, as well as a sense of humor. Works as well as spending hundreds of dollars on name-brand hype. (I do like the Burt's Bees skin care and makeup products, and Crabtree and Evelyn has wonderful fragrances.)

  • May 1, 2009

    by irene harvey

    as a 62-year-old woman, i do find all this panic about being 50 kind of cute.
    the fifties were a cakewalk. i even got carded in atlanta.

    i agree, however, that the real problem is loss of elasticity, not wrinkles. even though i've always had super dry skin, i've always slapped something on it & so mercifully i don't have's really that simple.

    to counteract sagging i do facial exercises--they work! & they're free.
    i have also recently discovered dermasilk 5-minute face lift--to my surprise it works like crazy. it's about $40 at walgreen's. on top of that i use SBT Seabuckthorn Berry Cream from Canada. great stuff--even fades the dreaded sun spots.

    i used to get snazzy facials in beverly hills. now i don't bother. i saw there was no long-term benefit.

    for a toner i use organic apple cider vinegar. it exfoliates, feeds, tightens & who knows what else. better than the million toners i've tried.great for the skin of the whole body.

    skin care has gotten a bit complex. my 86-year-old mother has used only vaseline her entire life. & she looks a good 20 years younger.

    also i've been taking my premarin for 15 years.women who don't do hrt get old & wrinkly & fat pretty quickly. hormones are youth.the negative hysteria about hrt is bs & destructive to women.

    so even though i'm married, men still follow me around. now that's a successful skin care program.

  • April 27, 2009

    by JulieK

    ". . . taking advantage of every little thing I'm not doing." Don't ya just hate reading your text and finding that typo. /mumbles* ~jk

  • April 27, 2009

    by JulieK

    For me, 50 was... uneventful. I floated through the next few years waiting for the floodgates to open. In the meantime I began treating my skin better, babying it. All hell broke loose at 57. The face I thought I knew is now hidden behind a mask. I've diminished much of what I disliked the most (like you, sagging), but it's a constant thing. I can't take a break from it- like, say, get sick. I did that recently and my face is taking advantage of every little I'm not doing! Geesh. ~jk

  • April 27, 2009

    by marta

    Niall, I shall definitely look up Laszlo's Transphuse. And I'll be the first to let you know if I have other good finds in the neck firming dept: wouldn't want that beard to get gnome-like.

    For hairline, Folligen is worth a try. My husband's doctor gave him Proscar (finasteride), which he takes very couple of days or so. It took a few years, but he almost has a full head of hair again.

  • April 27, 2009

    by Niall

    I will be 50 in July, and, like you, am not worried about wrinkles (it's that Irish skin - when my mother passed away at age 82 she had not one wrinkle). However, also like you, my issue is sagging around the neck. Though, as a man, I can mask some of that by having small beard, which I do.

    There's one anti-sagging product I've really grown to love, though it is pricey. It's Erno Laszlo's TransPhuse night treatment. What I like about it is that it provides a good dose of firming, but it looks very natural. With some firming products you wind up looking like you just had a very, very bad face life.

    The only real concern I have facing 50 is that my hairline is now, like the economy, in fully recession. I've been watching my beloved widow's peak disappear, follicle by follicle, over the past six months.

    Tempus fuget!

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