Wendie’s Top Tips for Skincare in Your 50’s

1) Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Nothing ages your skin more than exposure to the sun. It’s the No.1 cause of brown spots, wrinkles and more importantly skin cancer!! I cover up every day of the year, I generally use an SPF30 in the winter months and increase to an SPF50 from spring onward. Choose one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, UVA rays penetrate the skin layers and this can lead to premature ageing and wrinkles. UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. When choosing a sunscreen, go for a mineral based brand, this allows the skin to breathe, I recommend Heliocare which has a wide range of choice and is very competitively priced.
2) Use The Right Cleansers and Moisturiser
It is so important to use the right skin care specific to your skin type and age. As we get older our skin changes and therefore we need to change how we treat it. I have dry skin so therefore tend to use a cream cleanser, (ZO Hydrating Cleanser is my go-to product), followed by a moisturiser. If you aren’t sure which products to use, why not book a free skin consultation with us at MediZen?
3) Exfoliation is the key
I’m a massive fan of exfoliating, as we age the skin thickens and you need to exfoliate the dead skin cells to see and feel fresh skin that glows. Ideally, exfoliate your body and face. I always dry body brush before showering or bathing this will help your body cream to go on more smoothly and your skin will look amazing. I recommend facial exfoliation at least 3-4 times per week.
4) Invest In Hyaluronic Acid
I know the word “ Acid” sounds scary, but as a woman over 50, I feel Hyaluronic Acid is a vital part of my beauty routine. As we age, our bodies ability to produce collagen starts to decline significantly, the appearance of wrinkles and discolouration becomes more visible as well our skin losing elasticity. By maximising collagen levels with the use of Hyaluronic Acid we can keep the skins' synthesis up as well as maintaining moisture and can contribute to the anti ageing benefits to the skin.
5). Drink Water
By the time you feel thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated! Hydration inside and out dips the key to keeping your skin looking radiant and feeling plump. I drink at least 2 litres of water every day and I can certainly say my skin feels the benefits.
 
6). Always Sleep On A Clean Pillow
Your skin can pick up dirt and bacteria, traces of makeup dead skin cells and saliva from a pillowcase that hasn’t been washed on a regular basis! Flip your pillow and change it every two days to avoid the build-up of pore-clogging dirt on your pillow. If you want a bit of extra luxury invest in a pure silk pillowcase that is said to stop wrinkles
  7). Get Enough Sleep
We all lead such busy lives now and our use of mobile phones, iPads and computers is constant. Turn off all gadgets at least an hour before you go to sleep....... give yourself time to wind down and take stock of the day. Ideally, we all need 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, it allows our body, mind and skin time to repair.
8). Eat a healthy diet
As well as looking after your face, your body is just as important and the food you choose can affect the way your skin look. Ditch the processed food, ready meals and deep-fried foods, they are full of fat and additives and can be the cause of spots. Here are some of the foods for women over 50: Leafy Greens, Omega 3 Rich Fish, Yogurt, Whole Grains, Nuts, Soy
9). De-stress with Yoga and Meditation
Not only do Yoga decrease cortisol and adrenaline (the main stress hormone), it can also reduce fat on the tummy as we have four times more receptors for cortisol stored in our tummy fat than anywhere else on the body! Exercise such as yoga and Pilates is a great way to de-stress, they can also enhance the flow of oxygen to your skin Its an ideal way to exercise and keep fit too.
10) Wear age-appropriate makeup
So many of my patients tell me they haven’t changed their makeup routine for years! As we get older our skin tone changes so we need to change our makeup too. The biggest mistake people make is with their foundation, heavy foundations will exaggerate deep line and wrinkles so choose a lightweight formulation that is mineral based. Heavy eyeliners will age you and try to avoid cream eyeshadow as this can also eyes look crepey. Many department stores will give you a free make up lesson and even sometimes give you little samples to take home....... you may end up with a whole new makeup range too!

Meet The Author: Wendie
After being a client for many years, I then came to work for MediZen as a Receptionist in July 2016. Having gained Level2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy in 1999, I then worked from home, offering a range of beauty treatments. This qualification allowed me to be fully trained on HydraFacials and now can offer this service to our clients.
I really enjoy working for MediZen and feel like I have become part of a fantastic team. My aim is to offer the highest level of service and care to our clients and make them feel relaxed when they enter the clinic.
I am married with 2 children, I enjoy a range of activities including golf, keeping fit and I love cooking and entertaining.
Qualifications: Level2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy
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MediZen are one of the "first of its kind" Doctor led, and so-called "medical aesthetic" clinics opened in Birmingham. Over the years we've helped literally thousands of our clients to feel more confident. We're NOT a Beauty Salon and we're NOT a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. MediZen are one of the few clinics in Birmingham and the UK who specialise in offering carefully researched non-surgical aesthetic treatments backed by medical evidence