Skin Care for a 50-Year-Old Woman

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Although it's possible to have lovely skin at any age, skin care becomes a bit more challenging when you reach the age of 50. Natural oil production decreases after menopause, and the skin becomes drier and more fragile, states Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, New York dermatologist, on the MSNBC Today Style website. The skin becomes more sensitive and natural elasticity decreases, resulting in the formation of wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Adapt to the changes and keep your skin looking its best by adopting a skin care regimen for mature skin.

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Protect your skin from the sun. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30, even on cloudy days. Wear a brimmed hat on sunny days and avoid sun exposure as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunscreen can decrease your chance of skin cancer significantly and can reduce signs of wrinkles and age spots, advises the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Practice a daily facial skin care routine using a mild cleanser, followed by a moisturizer and an eye cream. Once a week, apply an exfoliator made for sensitive skin.

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Moisturize your skin after bathing and any time your skin feels dry. Use a moisturizer containing Vitamin A and E or a moisturizer containing alpha hydroxy acid, urea or lactic acid, which helps the skin retain moisture. Avoid perfumed creams, which can irritate the skin. Apply a moisturizing night cream before bed.

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Bathe less often, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. Bathe in warm water, which is less irritating to the skin than hot water. Use a mild soap or a soap substitute.

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