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How to Treat Blemishes After Age 50

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Skin conditions are something that follow us our entirely lives. Yes, our teenage years are frequently when they are at their worst thanks to acne, but there’s no escaping other issues over the course of our lives. Acne remains a regular problem for some of us while other factors can lead to yet other forms of blemishes forming on our skin over time. Trying to manage all these condition is ultimately what takes so much of our skincare time. It doesn’t really slow down as we age either. In many ways, menopause and other events in our later lives cause even more chances of blemishes turning up one way or another. How do we try to prevent and treat these problems? It seems almost futile when we’ll spend so much of our lives trying to keep our skin healthy with it never seeming to pay off while only getting a little harder each year to keep our skin healthy. While it may take a little more effort to keep your skin happy and healthy at 50 and above, you can do it and we’ve got tips on how.

Check Your Products
We need to keep in mind that our skin becomes increasingly sensitive as we age. That makes using a large amount of products ill-advised. Each one becomes a potential problem as our skin decides it will react differently with the passage of time. There are very few universal rules to help guide us in a way that avoids problems. Fortunately, one of them is useful at every age and bears emphasis: look for non-comedogenic products. These products are specially formulated to help ensure that they don’t get caught in your pores or otherwise contribute to further build-up. Check to make sure that all of your products have this label. If they don’t, then try to find products that do. This will help minimize the potential for issues and allow any existing issues to be more easily treated by ceasing to support a skin environment that nurtures blemishes. More direct treatment is sometimes necessary to keep things under control though.

Oil Control Is Your Friend
Skincare is confusing sometimes. Depending on who you are, your skin can end up fluctuating a lot over the course of your life. This becomes a particular problem when we start to approach menopause. Estrogen has a profound impact on skin health and losing a large supply of it contributes a great deal to a sometime sudden shift that can make blemishes particularly pronounced. Many people begin to experience a sudden increase in blemishes as their skin becomes that much more oily. Estrogen actually constricts pores to minimize the amount of your natural oils that can creep through to the surface. Once that begins to taper off, you can expect an accompanying increase in oil and the potential for problems. We recommend looking into gentle astringent products to help minimize the problems associated with this. They will provide light oil control that reduces the ability for blemishes to form while also letting your body and other products directly treat blemishes themselves.

Consider Retinol
We typically associate retinoids with anti-aging products. This makes perfect sense given the primary uses fall neatly into the territory of supporting the skin in such a way that helps to minimize the signs of aging. Many of these same qualities are useful for helping to prevent and minimize blemish formation. Retinol and its relatives are all derivatives of vitamin A that help to turn up the overall cell turnover rate of your skin. This is important as it helps to minimize the impact of anything that gets caught up in the skin as well as clearly away issues quicker. The other beneficial aspect is that they can potentially support the formation of collagen in the skin. Collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your skin and necessary to repair damage. This makes it crucial to minimizing the effects of blemishes on the skin. We advise being mindful about using retinol directly on any blemish though as the compound can be a little harsh on the skin when you first start using it.

The big takeaway from all of this is that blemish fighting in your 50s and beyond is mostly about prevention like it is at every age before. You can do a lot to simply minimize your chances with good skincare. Blemishes that turn up should heal themselves fairly quickly providing you’re able to make the effort. Just be mindful of how your skin reacts to care to ensure that you’re minimizing problems. Talk to your doctor if any blemishes are particularly stubborn as they may require specialized treatment.

Five Ways To Highlight Your Décolletage

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Age tends to force us to make certain concessions when it comes to how we present ourselves. We tend to reevaluate our appearance every decade to decade and a half for this reason. No matter how much care we provide, there is eventually a point where we can tell we need to make a change in how we present ourselves. We need to be clear about this to ensure there are no misunderstandings though. This doesn’t mean there are certain things you must be automatically banned from wearing after a certain age or that a particular look is for one age only, but rather that how we look asks us to experiment and find something that suits us again. Experiment with all the looks you choose and, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find one that is always in your favor. Not all of them are though as clothes that expose one’s decolletage can be less flattering once we hit our 40s or older without taking the right steps. The decolletage can become a sign of age instead. We have some tips on how to make it stand out even as we age though and be a point of pride instead.

Exfoliate
Appropriate care if your best option when it comes to properly emphasizing your decolletage as you age. The skin tends to be thinner and as a result it tends to be more susceptible to damage and other ill-effects. You’ll generally see wrinkles by your 40s if you’re not taking proper care of the skin. Exfoliating it regularly is a great step towards helping maintain your decolletage though. Exfoliation helps keep the skin clear and youthful looking while minimizing the potential for wrinkling. We recommend massaging the area as you apply your exfoliating product as well. This will encourage a healthy and attractive natural glow from blood flow. Be gentle with the area though.

Moisturize
In a similar vein, you’ll want to ensure you’re regularly moisturizing the area as well. Dry skin wrinkles easier than any other skin and is even more prone to it thanks to folds being deeper from dead skin cells. Regularly applying moisturizer helps to maintain the moisture barrier of the thinner skin while keeping it plump with a healthy amount of moisture. This maintains the youthful, healthy, and smooth look that can start to fade in our 40s and above. Maintaining the look will help add emphasis to your appearance that others lack.

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Try Highlighting
You can add a bit of makeup to help highlight the area once you’ve appropriately cared for it for a little while. This trick involves using the play of light on the decolletage. As a result, it generally isn’t the most suitable for low light situations, but can be highly tasteful for particular spring and summer outfits. You’ll want to use a highlighting product, but instead of centering it directly above the cleavage you want to target your collarbone instead. This trick will help encourage the flow of the eye throughout the area and add emphasis everywhere you want it instead of a particular area.

Try A Specialty Product
There are actually products available that can help you reverse or improve the overall appearance of your decolletage even if you’ve noticed a bit of sagging. Firming creams are useful for just this purpose. They help by supporting the collagen in your skin. Collagen is a vital structural protein that provides firmness for much of your skin’s life. Additionally, many firming creams also support the production and maintenance of elastin, the protein that lets your skin snap back in place and minimizes wrinkling.

Keep Protecting The Area
You’ll likely already be experiencing a little wrinkling if you’re in your 40s and even more if you’re older. We recommend using this as a reminder that you want to protect the area to prevent wrinkling from becoming a problem. Proper protection that minimizes wrinkles will make your decolletage even more noticeable as you age by helping you remain youthful looking. Follow the other care suggestions we’ve given and make sure to apply sunscreen to the area. It should be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection to get the most protection.

You can do a lot to help emphasize your decolletage as your age. Tastefully doing this involves helping it look its best and minimizing the impact of age on the area. You can use a few makeup techniques to give a slight tasteful highlight with the right skills too. Remember that looking your best by defying age tends to draw more eyes as we age. Consider trying these tips out now that spring is approaching. You might just be able to break out that old favorite outfit of yours without feeling self-conscious.

Tips For Taking Care of Combo Skin

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Combination skin is one of the more common skin types. It is technically a mix or two or more types at once, but the general rule for most skin is that some areas are a bit more oily or dry than others on many faces. This makes proper treatment for skin something of a haphazard affair where a product good for one area might be less suited to aid another. That can cause problems. As a result, taking care of combination skin often feels like a balancing act where we’re trying to help the most parts of our skin at a time while working against any potential negative effects to the areas that aren’t benefiting. The situation is incredibly frustrating to those of us who try so hard to help our skin be as healthy as it can. Fortunately, it isn’t that difficult to work towards properly caring for combination skin. You’re just going to have to invest a little more time than you might if you had a more consistent skin type.

Wear Sunscreen
It is important to stress that some skincare tips are universally useful. Combination skin needs to be regularly protected by sunscreen just as much as every other skin type. It might even be a little more important in some cases given it means some parts of your skin might actually be highly susceptible to the sun while others are more resistant. Fortunately, combination skin doesn’t change the general rules for sunscreen. You’ll need to find one that offers broad spectrum protection that is at least SPF 30 to protect your skin. We recommend increasing the SPF rating to 50 if you’re in your 40s or above simply as a protective measure as skin begins to noticeably thin. Additionally, you’re better served by looking for sunscreens that include active ingredients like zinc oxide. This means the sunscreen is a physical blocker. These sunscreens entirely reflect UV rays rather than just absorbing them and thereby provide the most thorough protection.

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Gently Exfoliate
Given combination skin’s potentially wide spread of traits, it is best to err on the side of caution in most cases. This means favoring less potent exfoliating products to help clean and protect your skin. A chemical exfoliation product is the best in this case. We recommend sticking to ones that utilize beta-hydroxy acids such as glycolic or citric acid to help clean your skin. These are effective, but skin friendly options that don’t put excess strain on sensitive skin. You’ll most frequently find these products as easily spread gels meant to be left on for a little while to achieve their purpose. The active ingredients in these products are necessary for getting the job done as they help to dissolve and break up clumps of dead skin cells, oils, and grime that can get caught in your pores. Avoid using products with salicylic acid, if you can, as that ingredient could potentially be too harsh for the more sensitive sections of your skin and cause problems.

Moisturize Regularly
Moisturizing combination skin is an admittedly difficult proposition if you have mixed areas of dry and oily skin. The proper level of moisturizer for one will inherently cause problems for the other by being too much or too little. We have to find a way to balance these extremes when working to protect combination skin. As a general rule, a water-based gel product is going to serve combination skin the best. Gels aren’t quite creams and as a result have a lower chance of causing problems for oily patches while still being thick enough to cling and provide the moisture necessary to protect dry skin. They need to be water-based to further this goal. Oil-based gels will quickly cause problems for oily patches if you’re not careful. You should expect to apply this kind of moisturizer a few times a day for maximum effectiveness. It may take a little experimentation ti find the right amount for your skin.

Caring for combination skin is a headache-inducing task sometimes. Conflicting skin types have always been frustrating, but we’ve found ways to cope with the challenge. Overall, you need to be both gentle with and protective of your skin to ensure the best results. Proper steps to protect it will let it heal and remain as healthy as it can on average while being gentle will ensure products don’t overly upset a delicate balance. We can’t say that there won’t be problems as you work out this balance, but when you finish you’ll know your skin better than before.

Revive Your Dull, Parched Skin

Putting life back into dull, parched skin is a common concern in skincare circles. It just seems like our skin doesn’t always know what is best for it and begin to rebel in one way or another. Maintaining good skin health is important though. That’s how we look our best and help our body to defy some of the more visible signs of aging. Reviving dull, parched skin isn’t the hardest skincare task in the world, but it does require focused attention on the problem. After all, skin doesn’t get that way without us missing out of some clear skincare emergency cues. Not everyone knows the appropriate way to help their skin once it gets in this state. That’s where we come in. We have a few tips that should help you do exactly what you need to do to help get your skin back to its normal, healthy self. These will still require a bit of time to properly work, but they will do the job in most circumstances.

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Clean That Skin
Dullness can happen for any number of reasons. It is a common symptom of several forms of neglect towards the skin. This symptom is especially common when it comes to dry skin though. We know the best ways to begin treatment of dull skin specifically because the issue is so common. You need to start with dedicating yourself to properly cleaning your skin. This is to help minimize the interference that your products encounter when you start applying them as much as it is about removing the extra layers of dead skin contributing to the dullness. Rinsing and cleansing are fairly basic skincare concepts that we don’t really need to cover again. However, you want to find a gentle chemical exfoliating product for this step. These will help to properly minimize any problems you might experience from the excess dried skin without further contributing to the problem. Don’t forget to massage the product in using tight, overlapping circles. This will massage your face and thereby stimulate blood flow to further reduce potential dullness.

Moisturize
Yes, this is the most obvious step to take when dealing with parched skin. That is exactly why we need to emphasize it. Frequently the problem that leads to a situation with dull, parched skin isn’t a form of neglect caused by simply not caring about your skin. Instead it tends to come from a situation where we haven’t been watching what products are doing to our skin and in turn a problem slowly started to build up. Moisturizing effectively is frequently the key in a skincare routine because some of our products dry out our skin regularly. You can easily evaluate how your skin feels after your normal moisturizer and swap to a heavier one if need be. In fact, we encourage this. The signs of dryness that you’re looking for are a tight feeling to the skin. It typically feels a little taut from even simple movements. Additionally, the dullness we’ve highlighted can begin to become a problem as well alongside redness. These basic signs are all you really need to be able to tell you might want to switch an even more hydrating moisturizer for the sake of your skin.

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Sleep
Sleep has a surprising level of importance when it comes to helping to revive your skin. That’s because of the crucial roles that sleep plays in your body’s overall health. It is the one period during each day that your body knows that you mostly won’t be moving at all. You’ll be using far less energy and won’t be inflicting new damage on your body as a result. That’s the perfect time for repairs. Your skin focuses most of its energy in getting things done during this window. That makes it one of the favorite times for your skin’s natural shedding to occur. All those unwanted dead skin cells start to flake off to make room for newer and healthier ones to continue their job. This is important as it refreshes the skin at a cellular level over time. Not getting enough sleep simply encourages buildup that ends up causing various skincare issues. Sleep is particularly good for helping solve dullness, but getting enough time to heal daily can also end up meaning your skin has a better ability to retain moisture as well.

Taking good care of your skin isn’t a few days of the week commitment. It means giving your skin your full attention at least once every day to prepare it properly to face the new day. You can do it fairly easily when you have a good routine, but you need to do your best to minimize any problems that come up. That’s the only way to avoid problems with dull, parched skin. Taking that time for good care will keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful for a long time.

How to Pamper Your Décolletage

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of pampering our skin by this point in our lives. After all, pampered skin helps us look our best no matter the situation. It can be a difficult path to travel though. There are so many little things we need to remember about proper skincare. You need to do this before that with something of that temperature right after you do that other thing. Confusing doesn’t even begin to cover how it all appears from the outside. All these little rules and reminders serve a purpose though. They are what makes sure we don’t neglect one part of ourselves for another and thereby diminish our appearance overall. Making sure we get all of these little bits right is in many ways the key to fighting back against the signs of aging across each of our lives. With that in mind, we’re going to talk about the appropriate ways to pamper and treat your décolletage.

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My What?
The term isn’t necessarily as widely known as it once was, but it remains an important part of skincare and fashion language. Simply put, the décolletage is an easy way to refer to your neck, shoulders, and upper torso. It particular it tends to reference the area of the upper torso along the cleavage in particular. The term is French and originally referred largely to the upper line on low cut dresses, but naturally shifted to encompass the area as well. Many of us have our share of outfits that make the most of exposing this area. They’re a good confidence booster and help us both look and feel younger. Improperly caring for that area tends to add years onto our apparent age though. That’s because wrinkling of the area is fairly common and easily caused by our outfits and habits. Creating cleavage can fold some skin and as can sleeping on our sides or being neglectful of protecting the area. Fortunately, you can correct and work against these problems quite easily.

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Protective Factors
Wear sunscreen. This is sincerely the single most important thing that you can do for your décolletage. Sun damage helps to degrade the collagen in the skin and as a result it begins to lose firmness. When this skin folds, it folds even deeper and damages yet more collagen over time. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming comparatively quickly if we’re fond of lower cut shirts. It is important to note that you also stand the chance for a higher rate of skin discolorations in the area if you’re not wearing sunscreen on it as well. So remember to use SPF 30 sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection anytime you’re going to be outside or near windows for most of the day. It is a simple and easy way to guard against signs of aging. Additionally, you’ll want to stick a pillow between your breasts if you’re prone to sleeping on your side. This will prevent further creases from forming due to gravity while you rest.

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Care and Pampering
Taking care of the area isn’t actually that hard. It largely just involves extending your normal skincare routine a little lower than you normally would. For instance, your décolletage benefits from regular exfoliation and moisturizing just like the rest of your skin. This can be particularly important if you’re fond of low cut tops. Exfoliation will help keep the skin look and feeling healthy. This is important as it also reduces the rate as which wrinkles form by helping to shed unwanted layers of dead skin. Additionally, the process of applying the exfoliating product massages the area and as a result boost blood flow. You’re further promoting healthy skin by doing this. Moisturizing the area will help make the most of the regular exfoliating by helping to keep the area at a health level of hydration. This keeps the skin plump and smooth looking. In turn, your can expect your décolletage to look that much younger and healthier. It is made up of your skin and follows the same rules as the rest of it. Just remember that gentleness is key.

It remains strange that so few people know that they need to tend to their décolletage to help ensure their appearance long term. You need to care for all your skin to keep it healthy. This goes doubly when you’re potentially exposing an area of skin to the sun regularly. Learning to take proper care of often neglected areas of your skin will go a long way towards helping you look your best for years to come.

Choosing The Right Lip Protector

Your lips are one of the features that people will notice the most quickly when they start to interact with you. That’s why most of us try to take good care of our lips. It helps to ensure that we know we look our best at any given moment. Taking proper care of your lips can be a little difficult though. After all, they have some of the most sensitive skin on your face. One mistake can end up lasting for a while if you’re uncertain on how to fix it. This is complicated by the fact that many people don’t think to look after their lips by exfoliating them and remembering to regularly moisturize them. Exfoliating them is easy with the right scrub or even your own toothbrush. Moisturizing is a little less so as you need to figure out the right product for the job. You’ve got a lot of options in this area as lip protecting products come in many forms. Let’s look at some of the important factors that go into choosing one of these products.

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Is It Hydrating?
Lip balms and similar products all need to meet very particular needs. They need to be able to seal and protect the lips while at the same time helping to support them. Most of them provide a bare minimum of moisturizing too. This isn’t always enough to help keep your lips happy though. You’ll want to consider if the product is actually hydrating or not when you’re looking for one. Hydrating products will do a lot more for your lips than other options. They help to ensure that your lips don’t dry out as quickly and form a better seal against the outside world than other options. You have to look to find effective ones though. Answering this question first is your best hope for ensuring that a product will work well for your lips and not. Remember that chapped and dry lips tend to be highly visible. However, hydration isn’t your only concern when it comes to ensuring that your lips are adequately protected.

Does It Have SPF?
Remember how we highlighted that the skin of your lips is more sensitive than the rest of your face? That’s because it is among the thinnest skin. This makes it uniquely susceptible to sun damage. Your skin relies on a combination of a natural moisture barrier made up on oils and layers of dead skin cells to properly protect your skin. There’s just less in your lips to get in the way of the damage from UV rays. As a result, you’ll want to make sure any lip protecting product actually has an SPF to it. It is relatively easy to find lip protecting products with an SPF of 15 available in most places. This isn’t enough though. You lips need you to put in the effort to find a protective product that offers at least SPF 30 with broad spectrum protection if you want to keep them safe. They are just like the rest of your skin in that anything less won’t do you any good at all.

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Is It You?
The last factor you need to consider is whether or not the product is something you’ll actually enjoy wearing. Plenty of products try to just be the lip protecting product and nothing else. There’s nothing wrong with this, but that does mean that the company doesn’t always neutralize the smell of the compound properly or it isn’t something you want to accidentally taste. Bluntly put, you’re going to want to try to find a product that smells and tastes appealing to you. This can take countless forms depending on the particular brand or sub-type of product. Many people find creams appealing for their ability to hold taste and smell longer, but other products can function just as well depending on their formula. You’ll largely want to decide what is most convenient for you to carry and stick with that once you’ve decided on a taste and scent. Once you’ve done that, you’ve accounted for all relevant details that come with picking a lip protector.

Keeping you lips safe and healthy despite the weather is an important part of skincare. You can do it easily enough by picking a good lip protecting product. Whether it is called a balm, a cream, or some other name doesn’t really matter in the long run. You simply want to ensure it is both hydrating and offers SPF to keep your lips safe. Doing that will help you keep your lips healthy and beautiful for a long time yet.

Recommended Face Washing Frequency

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Most of us wash our face fairly regularly as part of our routines. There was a time when we didn’t though. We had to learn the appropriate times when and how to wash our faces to keep our skin healthy. Thinking back to such times it seems a bit silly that anyone ever had to tell us, but everything in life needs to be learned before we can know to do it properly. With that in mind, not everyone actually learns how often and when they need to wash their face. This can happen for any number of reasons ranging from bad advice to never actually being taught in the first place. This is important information at any age if we want to properly take care of our skin. If you’ve come to skincare later in life or are just starting out for another reason, it never hurts to have a bit of friendly advice to point you in the right direction. So let’s conduct a brief review of when professional recommend for face washing.

Basic Rules
The best way to start is to first make sure we’re all using the same terms when talking about washing our face. Properly washing your face involves rinsing and cleansing. These two steps help to remove dirt, debris, and your natural oils from your skin to keep it clean and health. As a general rule, you want to stick to using lukewarm to warm water for a rinse. Genuinely hot water tends to dry the skin out and potentially causes damage if done improperly. This is why you generally want to avoid showering or taking a bath in hot water too. Regardless, once you’ve rinsed you’ll move on to applying your choice in cleanser. Try to stick with a gentle one to ensure that your skin gets the benefits, but isn’t overburdened if you exfoliate the same day. Simple chemical exfoliating products are typically the best for the face, but you can find other products if you look for options meant for sensitive skin.

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Daily
You’re going to want to wash your skin daily. How this translates is going to be different for each of us though. Many people favor a strict morning or evening only routine that tends to mean there will be only one instance of washing their face in a day. This is perfectly doable, but it is typically better to uncouple the idea of simply washing your face from a full routine. You’ll need to wash your face regardless of whether you’re doing the rest of your routine. A morning wash is typically good as it helps to clear your skin of anything that built up overnight and gets your skin ready for your other products. An evening wash is also good because it ensures you thoroughly remove any makeup you wear before you go to bed and prevents anything unwanted from being trapped close to your skin the entire night. This can lead to breakouts and other skin issues. Most of the time we all need to consider these basic two times required as far as washing goes. There are other times though.

After Exercise
The only other major time you absolutely need to wash your face after is when you’ve finished physically exerting yourself. We’re going to stick to exercise as an example, but this can encompass any strenuous activity that makes you sweat. Washing after exercise is important as all that sweat tends to make oils and grime run together on your face. This can lead to clogged pores even if you’re otherwise taking good care of your skin. Try to wash within a quarter to half of an hour after you’ve finished exercising to ensure that nothing has time to solidify in your pores. This is generally all you need to do to make the most of washing after exercise. There’s nothing else special that you need to do differently from morning and evening washing though. You just need to remember that your skin needs this extra washing to help it stay healthy.

Washing your face regularly seems like something that doesn’t even need to be taught, but we all need to remember someone taught us once. We also all need to remember that it is easy enough to forget something you know when your life gets too hectic and busy to keep your mind centered on what you need to do. Hopefully, this quick guide will help put you on the right path when it comes to skincare and lead you towards years of healthy skin.