Tackle the most common skin care concerns in your 50s

Freeze time (sans surgery) with these expert skin care tips

Marie Claire Contributor / April 11 2016

Make like 50+ mega stars Sandra Bullock, Sarah Jessica Parker and Elle Macpherson and celebrate your age by looking your best.

Top skin experts share their expert know-how below for beating three of the most common skin care concerns like dehydration, pigmentation and inflammation for a radiant complexion that glows with health.



Any dehydration experienced in your 40s will be amplified, notes Edouard Mauvais-Jarvis, Dior’s scientific communications director. But even those who have never experienced dehydration are likely to encounter it now due to menopause or “the skin’s natural barrier becoming less stable over time. This leads not only to dryness, but irritation and inflammation, as well,” explains Dr Shobhan Manoharan, laser and cosmetic dermatologist at Brisbane Skin and Westside Dermatology.

What to do:

Increase the application of a moisturiser and use richer formulas to deeply nourish the skin.

Try: SK-II Stempower Eye Cream

SK-II Stempower Eye Cream



The most common manifestation of unevenness in this age group: seborrheic keratosis or solar lentigines – those pigmented patches also known as age spots.

What to do:

SPF is vital, and while vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acid can help exfoliate, fade and slow down their progression, “often there is a large genetic element behind age spots, and while you can change many things, you can’t change your parents”, notes Dr Manoharan.

Try: Estée Lauder Enlighten Even Skintone Correcting Crème

Dr Manoharan. [subhead] Try: Estée Lauder Enlighten Even Skintone Correcting Crème



Skin naturally becomes drier over time, which can lead to inflammation, particularly in the colder months (and on the lower limbs). “Conditions such as discoid eczema and venous stasis eczema are not uncommon in this age group during drier and cooler weather,” says Dr Manoharan.

What to do:

Your best line of defense is regularly moisturising with a rich, sensitive skin approved cream. Flare-ups require topical steroids, so see your doctor.

Try: Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment.

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