Skincare Secrets for People Over 50
It’s no secret that aging has a major effect on the skin. Dryness, wrinkles, sensitivity, discoloration, and fine lines are all things your skin can experience once you’re over 50. While some signs of aging skin are unavoidable, others can be delayed or even prevented.
Dermatologists and medical aestheticians continue to develop techniques and products that help reduce signs of aging for people of all ages. Thanks to experts in the field of skincare, here are some skincare secrets for people over 50. Also, stay tuned to learn how Medicare covers certain categories of skincare.
Never forget to take off your makeup before going to bed
While this may seem obvious to some, most women don’t realize the detrimental effect sleeping in makeup can have. Dermatologists say if you do just one thing at night for your skin, it should be removing your makeup.
When you sleep, your skin has the chance to recover and renew. While your body is in rest mode, collagen is replenished, your blood flow increases, and your skin works to repair sun damage. Sleeping with a mask of makeup on is like locking all of these actions into a box and sliding it under your bed.
Not only does leftover makeup prevent your skin from rejuvenating, but it also can clog your pores, creating blemishes as well as other skin imperfections. A full nighttime skincare routine is preferred, but if you only have the patience for one habit before crawling into bed, make it washing and moisturizing your face.
Develop a nighttime skincare routine for your specific skin type
Nighttime skincare routines are beneficial but don’t have to be as drawn out as some might think. A night-time routine is great, but if you’re using the wrong products or using them in the wrong order for your specific skin type, then you could do more harm than good.
Before starting a nighttime skincare routine of your own, do some research to learn what your skin needs. But these are the general steps to a basic nighttime skincare routine.
Cleanse your face
Start with a gentle cleanser. The purpose of this step is to rid your skin of any dirt, oil, makeup, or other toxins so that your next steps can be effective. Dr. Cheryl Karcher, a professor of dermatology, says when you’re over 50, you should use a moisturizing cream cleanser for this step.
Follow up with a serum
There is an endless array of serums for older skin available in today’s market. However, a serum with vitamin C is usually recommended for skincare over 50. Vitamin C contains antioxidants that can repair damaged skin cells. Among other things, a good vitamin C serum can reduce dark spots and other discoloration on the skin.
Finish with a leave-on treatment
The product you use for this step ultimately depends on your skin type and what you want to achieve through your skincare routine. However, many experts recommend either a hydrating prescription retinoid or an over-the-counter retinol cream. Retinol is made from vitamin A and has properties that can reduce wrinkles and fine lines as well as plump up your skin with collagen.
Other skincare tips
In addition to these skincare secrets, you should always remember the basics. Make sure you are hydrating your skin both inside and out by drinking an ample amount of water each day. Be sure to get a good night’s rest every night.
Also, be mindful of the products you consume as well as the ones you apply to your body. A bad diet can damage your skin more than you think. While these tips aren’t secrets, they are essential to creating a good foundation for caring for your skin.
Medicare and skincare
Medicare covers medically necessary procedures and services for skincare. Medicare doesn’t, however, cover routine checkups at the dermatologist unless there is a medical reason behind it. So, if you have a skin condition or need testing for a skin condition, Medicare will cover the necessary treatment and diagnostic testing for it. Be sure to make an appointment with your dermatologist if you suspect you have a skin condition.
Danielle K. Roberts is a Medicare insurance expert and co-founder at Boomer Benefits, where her team of experts help baby boomers with their Medicare decisions nationwide.
*Results may vary from patient to patient