Sometimes, these days, it may feel as if your body is teaming up against you. Your skin, too, may be reminding you of bad choices your body has made in the past. That sun overexposure from when you were twenty? The sunburn is long gone, but now you have liverspots. Alcohol and sugar thinned out your collagen some, and age seems to have done the rest. But don’t give up: you’re not on a one-way street. With a little attention to your skin and appropriate use of men's skincare products, you can take the clock back by at least a decade. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to begin new habits, so start today. This is your golden era, and you can face it with golden skin. Here is our top five tips for good skin in your fifties.
Skip the Soap, Bring out the Cleanser
You wouldn’t wash your face with laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid, and if you didn’t, your skin would tell the story. Bar soap is not much different, and if you’ve been using it on your face this is the time to stop. At fifty, your skin is dryer, and has lost some of its ability to bounce back after mistreatment. Hand soap will strip your face of all its natural oils and leave it drier, less flexible, and more prone to sores and breakouts. Instead, try a gentle cleanser especially formulated to nourish and protect the skin even while removing grime and bacteria—something like our Honesty face wash.
Cut Back on Sugar
It may seem you’ve earned the right to take indulgences, but if your preferred indulgence is sugar you’ll be better without. Sugar in your blood binds to proteins, forming destruction-bent-molecules called AGEs (advanced glycation end products). As these AGEs accumulate, they wage war on other proteins in your body. Collagens, the proteins in your skin which give it elasticity and smoothness, are one of the first casualties. That makes wrinkles a direct result of sugar consumption. If you’ve made dessert the main course for far too long though, don’t worry, you can reverse some of the damage if you cut down on the sweets now.
Hyaluronic Acid: Nature’s Anti-Aging Elixir
When you’re pushing fifty, there’s one magic ingredient you want to make sure your face cleanser and moisturizer contains: hyaluronic acid. Don’t let the acid word scare you. This compound is part of the natural make-up of your skin, and you had enough of it when you were about twenty-three. The secret to it is the way it binds water: just 1 gram has the potential to bind 6 liters of water. That’s a lot. Hyaluronic acid is why your skin looked the way it did back in those days. If you’re a man over fifty, though, the amount of hyaluronic acid naturally present in your skin has gone way down. That can leave you with an awkward tendency to look slightly shriveled up. But though your body isn’t producing enough on the inside, you can still apply it on the outside. Sodium hyaluronate is the one of the easiest way for your face to absorb this crucial carbohydrate, and that’s what you’ll want to look for on skincare labels. If you try our face care set for men, you’ll get the sodium hyaluronate two ways, every day.
Get Your Blood Moving
As you get older, your energy levels seem to taper off, and heart-healthy, endorphine-stimulating exercise is often one of the first habits to disappear. If you’d like healthier skin, consider putting it back on your schedule. Yoga or pilates are two good ways to get into exercise if you’ve been out of the gym awhile, and community centers often have classes geared toward different age groups. You should be able to see a difference in your skin once you’ve made exercise a regular part of your routine. Exercise increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood, nourishing your skin cells and flushing away toxins and free radicals. It also helps you moderate your cortisol level, which turns out to be very important: this stress hormone, when it spikes, will cause the collagen in your skin to break down. Sound good yet? As an added benefit, and exercise program will leave you feeling stronger, more energetic, and less prone to depression.
Use Sun Protection
Did you know that sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging? While you can’t undo the past, you can set the stage for healthy skin in your fifties by using sun protection when you’re out and about. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF or 15 or greater. Zinc based sunscreens provide the best protection, and typically are friendlier to your skin as well. Keep a hat around if you’ll be out in the sun long, and seek out shade when possible.