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The Skin Care Products You Should Be Using in Your 50s, 60s and Beyond

skin care in your 50s and 60s

With each decade in our life, we start to experience a significant change in our skin and beauty—and for women over 50 and 60, these changes are going to be challenging. Lines and wrinkles become more noticeable as our skin becomes drier, thinner and more sensitive. Skin might start to look crepey and loose as it begins to lose collagen and elastin. And years of unprotected sun exposure will haunt us in the form of dark spots and uneven skin tone.

It sounds hopeless, we know. Does our skin even stand a chance against the rapid decline in hormones and drastic changes our bodies go through in our 50s and 60s? The answer is yes. At this point in your skin care journey, the focus should be in maintaining your skin health, and making sure your skin has everything it needs to protect and defend itself against further damage.

Up ahead, we tap Dr. Heather Rogers, board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon, to find out the must-have skin care products for your 50s, 60s and beyond.

  1. 1. Exfoliating Cleanser
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    1. Exfoliating Cleanser

    SkinMedica's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser combines alpha and beta hydroxy acids to remove dead cells and other impurities from your skin to enhance a smoother and brighter complexion. Round soft jojoba spheres provide gentle exfoliating action while lavender extract tones and soothes inflammation. Mildly astringent citrus oils minimize large pores for a radiant and refreshed appearance.Key Ingredients: * Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, and Malic Acid: each is a natural, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from bilberry extract, sugar cane extract, sugar maple extract, and citrus
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  2. 2. Serum With Age-Delaying Ingredients
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    2. Serum With Age-Delaying Ingredients

    SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum features two active formulas that dispense out of two separate chambers and are blended together into one creating a powerful solution that helps smooth wrinkles and regenerate skin cells for a more youthful appearance. The TNS Recovery Complex® is a protein- and amino acid-rich serum to reduce inflammation and the signs of aging. The APS Corrective Complex is a mixture of anti-aging ingredients, peptides and antioxidants to strengthen sagging skin.Key Ingredients: * TNS Recovery Complex® (Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media TNS®) - chamber 1:a physiologically
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  3. 3. Retinol With a Lower Concentration
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    3. Retinol With a Lower Concentration

    SkinMedica's Age Defense Retinol Complex .25 is formulated to renew the skin's tone and texture without irritating the skin. Retinol helps combat the signs of premature aging while magnolia bark extract soothes inflammation. Ideal for use twice a week to build tolerance to formula.Key Ingredients: * Retinol: helps boost collagen production and cell turnover to reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles * PhytoShield™ Complex: an antioxidant complex, enhancing skin texture and minimizing irritationKey Benefits: * Enhances skin tone and texture * Boosts more resilient skin *
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  4. 4. Rich Face Cream or Moisturizer
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    4. Rich Face Cream or Moisturizer

    Doctor Rogers' RESTORE™ Healing Balm is an all-purpose ointment that alleviates a variety of skin issues. Made from 100% plant-based ingredients, this soothing balm targets eczema symptoms, dryness, chapped lips, burns, scrapes, tattoo healing and more. Try using it to tame pesky flyaways and frizz, too.Key Ingredients: * Glycerin: promotes healing, reduces irritation and restores normal skin barrier function * Castor Seed Oil: an emollient that hydrates the skin and decreases inflammation * Castor Wax (aka hydrogenated castor seed oil): increases stability and keeps balm solidKey Benefits: *
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  5. 5. Eye Cream
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    5. Eye Cream

    Neocutis LUMIÈRE® Riche Extra Moisturizing Illuminating Eye Cream(formerly Bio-Restorative Eye Balm) is an exceptionally moisturizing salve formulated with caffeine, wild yam extract, and soothing ingredients. It revives your eye area, resulting in reduced puffiness and improved firmness. PSP growth factors accelerate cell repair, promoting collagen synthesis while shielding from environmental
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  6. 6. Sunscreen With Age-Delaying Ingredients
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    6. Sunscreen With Age-Delaying Ingredients

    AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 by Dermalogica banishes blemishes to give your skin a clearer, smoother appearance. Crafted botanical extracts and peptides, this face moisturizer works deep to alleviate signs of aging, free radical damage and dryness. Its medium-weight, broad-spectrum formula offers long-lasting hydration and critical protection against UV rays.Key Ingredients: * Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide: a peptide that acts as a sugar trap, binding sugars in the body to itself to prevent the signs of skin aging. * Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5: stimulates collagen synthesis, helps firm
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  7. 7. Gentle Chemical Exfoliating Creams
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    7. Gentle Chemical Exfoliating Creams

    NeoStrata's High Potency Cream exfoliates and hydrates to restore a youthful complexion. Formulated with 18% glycolic acid, it removes dulling, dead dermal cells as it replenishes moisture to even texture and tone. Antioxidant-rich lactobionic acid promotes collagen production to fortify and firm your skin while vitamin E nourishes for a rejuvenated appearance.Key Ingredients: * Glycolic Acid: helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinklesKey Benefits: * Antioxidants protect against environmental stressors and damage * Exfoliates and smooths skin with alpha and polyhydroxy acids *
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  8. 8. Eyelash and Brow Conditioner
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    8. Eyelash and Brow Conditioner

    RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner promotes an improved lash appearance. Specially crafted with a proprietary blend of scientifically-advanced technology and natural botanicals, this lash conditioner works to prevent breakage and brittleness while improving flexibility, moisture and shine.Key Ingredients: * BioPeptin Complex, Peptides and Botanicals: saturate the lashes with moisture, keeping them soft, luxurious and healthy-looking Key Benefits: * The only ophthalmologist lash serum on the market * Helps condition and strengthen lashes while defending from breakage
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Beauty Reporter

Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine, StyleCaster.com, Girlboss.com, Marvel.com, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journalism. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently resides in Brooklyn—her home for the last five years. In Jessie’s free time, you can find her creating content for her beauty blog, Hair Skin Kale, testing out DIY beauty recipes, exploring her neighborhood, or binge-watching episodes of Friends. Her background in fashion has taught her that beautiful skin never goes out of style. Follow her on Instagram.