7 Expert-Approved Steps for Getting Glowing Skin Over 50
This story, by Jelani Addams Rosa, appeared in its original form in Prevention on MSN.com.
As we get older, our priorities change—but some stay the same. If you’re anything like us, having glowing, healthy-looking skin will always be at the top of the list. While some celebrities tout the pros of cosmetic procedures (Kelly Ripa says Botox is “like magic”), plenty speak out against plastic surgery. Whichever side of the scalpal your opinions lie, there are ways to get naturally glowing skin over 50 that don’t involve going under the knife.
Some simple additions to your skincare routine can make a big difference. We consulted several experts, including dermatologists, to learn how to achieve your best mature complexion and to get insider tips.
Get glowing with these preventative measures and recommendations. Based on them, The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team has product suggestions for you from the Lea Black Beauty® and Sudden Youth® skincare lineup.
Wear sunscreen every day—not just at the beach.
Chances are you’ve heard this sage piece of advice before, but we can’t stress enough how much consistent sunscreen use can transform your skin. Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of dull skin, and sunscreen is one of the best tools to help keep that dullness at bay. Sunscreen is essential to help prevent dullness as it works to prevent the signs of aging that come with cumulative sun exposure, including dullness and discoloration.
In addition to wearing sunscreen daily, try to keep your sun exposure to a minimum by remaining indoors during peak sun hours (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and wearing long sleeves, pants, and hats to block the sun when you spend time outdoors.
The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team recommends Lea Black Beauty® Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion with 250mg CBD. Made with zinc oxide, our 80-minute-water-resistant Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is lightweight and blends seamlessly with all skin types and tones. Penetrates quickly to avoid running and leaving a topical film. Our proprietary formula contains 250mg of CBD, which has been shown to help with skin inflammation and assist hydration.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Dry, flaky skin can make your complexion look dull, regardless of age. But as you get older, your skin produces less sebum (oil), making a good moisturizer an absolute must in your skincare routine. If your old moisturizer is no longer doing the trick, swap it for a thicker, richer formula. Not only will the right moisturizer make your skin look and feel amazing, but it will also prep your face for a flawless makeup application—because the only thing worse than dull skin is lackluster skin covered in cakey makeup.
The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team recommends the Lea Black Beauty® CBD Daily Face Moisturizer or Sudden Youth® 500mg CBD Intensive Moisture Renewal Cream.
The Lea Black Beauty® CBD Daily Face Moisturizer is developed with 150mg pure CBD isolate and the latest advanced skincare technology to renew, revive, and strengthen the skin. Used daily, this lightweight, concentrated, yet ultra-hydrating moisturizing lotion helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It assists in retaining the moisture of the skin to keep the skin soft, hydrated, and smooth.
Retinol is a Holy Grail ingredient for all skin types and ages, but it is fantastic for anyone over 50. The powerhouse can be found in over-the-counter and prescription formulas and can help improve the overall appearance of aging skin. Retinol is an ingredient that promotes collagen production and enhances cell turnover. Retinyl Palmitate often spelled Retinaol Palmate, is effective in improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increasing collagen production, and improving skin texture to reveal a more radiant complexion.
The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team recommends the Lea Black Beauty® Anti-Aging Face Serum with 250mg CBD. This proprietary blend of fruit extracts includes Full Spectrum CBD, which enables higher retinol performance without irritation. It increases the skin’s overall elasticity to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s look while evening out texture and tone.
Brighten with vitamin C.
To brighten your complexion, you must incorporate a vitamin C product into your routine. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that protects the skin by neutralizing the free radicals it encounters daily. Free radicals can cause changes in our DNA and activate certain enzymes responsible for breaking down the collagen in our skin. Applying vitamin C to the skin can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, help boost collagen, and has some brightening properties in that it decreases and prevents abnormal pigment production.
The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team recommends Lea Black Beauty® Brighten & Balance 200mg CBD Skin Toner. It is enriched with CBD and natural ingredients that contain vitamins C and D and removes traces of dirt, makeup, and impurities while leaving pores deeply cleansed and skin hydrated. It improves the appearance of overall skin tone and brightens a dull complexion. Great for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Schedule a professional treatment or self-care time at home.
You may not want to go under the knife, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on professional treatments to help you achieve glowing skin. You can get several in-office treatments at your dermatologist’s office to help your skin look and feel better. Doctors agreed that chemical peels and lasers are some of the best options for glowing skin. Resurfacing lasers and microneedling (devices) are additional treatments that can help achieve glowing skin again by stimulating collagen production and removing the epidermis, or top layer of skin, revealing newer, more radiant skin. However, there are great over-the-counter products on the market at a fraction of the price of the procedures that will help you achieve glowing skin since they can also help accelerate the skin cells’ turnover and rejuvenation.
The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team recommends Lea Black Beauty® Moisturizing Skin Renewal Exfoliant and Lea Black Beauty® Sudden Youth® Lift Complete Facial Treatment.
The Lea Black Beauty® Moisturizing Skin Renewal Exfoliant removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.
The Sudden Youth® Lift Complete Facial Treatment is non-invasive and referred to by long-time customers as an “instant face-lift.” It lifts, tightens, tones, and stimulates the skin. This unique signature product helps reduce the visible signs of aging. It helps to even out the skin tone and promotes collagen and elasticity in sagging skin. Each treatment exfoliates the skin’s surface to revitalize and rejuvenate dull, dry, scaly skin, encouraging more rapid new cell growth. The mask helps to diminish under-eye puffiness, discoloration, and bags. It provides a deep pore cleanse and helps with blemishes, breakouts, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation. You will feel the deep cleansing sensation as the mask dries. One treatment makes your skin feel clean, tight, radiant, and luminous. Look for toning, firming, reduced pore size, and glowing skin. Customer testimonials indicate visible facial, neck, and chest results. Long-term use has shown improvements in scarring in some customers.
Take care of your body.
The skin is the largest organ on the body, which means if you want your skin to look and feel its best, you need your body to look and feel its best. Luckily the keys to a happy, healthy body are almost universal regardless of age. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. If you smoke, kick the habit. Eat lots of whole foods, and get plenty of rest.
The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team recommends a long, calming bath with a Lea Black Beauty® 25mg CBD Soothing Lavender Bath Treatment, developed to support and promote relaxation. Each bath bomb fizzing treatment contains 25mg of premium CBD and is infused with organic aromatic lavender oil. As you soak, it will penetrate the skin and provide hydration and moisture. The aromatic fragrance of natural lavender oils will take your senses away and provide mental calming and physical satisfaction as you bathe. Great before bedtime.
Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to youthful-looking skin. It is essential to start early and not wait for skin changes to occur. Whether you’ve already celebrated your 50th birthday or the milestone is right around the corner, it’s never too soon to adopt healthy skincare habits.
The Lea Black Beauty® skincare team recommends starting your skincare journey with the Lea Black Beauty® Ultimate Skincare Collection bundle includes the ten “must-haves” of the top-selling products from our popular CBD and Sudden Youth® skincare collection.
In 2023, we’re rethinking how we view middle age. Now 40 to 50, middle age (in theory) is older than ever—and everyone’s choosing their own path as we live longer lives. Gone are the days of hiding grays, being cagey about your feelings around Botox (one way or another), or believing bikinis are solely reserved for the 20-something crowd. In 2022, people are stepping up in middle age, and they’re proud of it. So are we.