Your Skin in Your 50’s
Ok, so you’ve gotten through your 40’s, and you thought that was rough (literally). Now your 50’s have arrived and what should you expect?
Skin changes in your 50’s
Whether male or female, your skin still continues to lose elasticity because of the declining levels of collagen and elastin. Your fine lines start to deepen and overall, the skin your face and body becomes thinner, looser, which leads to sagging and drooping. This becomes particularly menacing around your face and neck. The skin looks and feels dryer and more fragile. Also, the skin’s barrier becomes even more dehydrated because of the dropping levels of hyaluronic acid.
Women’s skin in their 50’s
If you’re a female, menopause will continue to plague you, and you’ll likely experience these issues.
Increased fatty deposits in all areas of your body
Sadly, you may notice things just don’t sit the way they used to. Parts of your body might show more cellulite, rimpling in the skin, or loss of smoothness. That once round peach shaped bottom may not be as firm, and it may not sit as high as it once did. Your underarms, legs, and belly might sag and become a whole lot more jiggly. Love handles, more belly fat, and overall excess weight gain start to become problematic.
This will likely make it necessary to start exercising, or if you already exercise, it may make it necessary to step up your routine in frequency and effort. Skin care products and services to address cellulite and skin texture may be something you need to explore now.
Increases in skin pigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a big concern for many people, not just women. As you hit your 50’s the levels of melanin begin to climb if those areas have been exposed to UV rays. You’ll notice brown spots start to appear on your face and body. Existing brown spots will also grow in size and change shapes.
Any change is shape and size of brown spots or moles is an area that should be monitored by your doctor or dermatologist to make sure none of these are a concern for cancer. It’s not necessarily an issue for most, but being more proactive is always a good move. It may be necessary to change the makeup you use to cover any discoloration that may be taking place.
Parts of your body may experience more inflamed areas. This is because your body’s estrogen levels are dropping and estrogen acts as an anti-inflammatory. So of course, as those levels decrease, you may notice joints and muscles start to experience more inflammation.
Decrease flow of blood and poor circulation
Thinning of the epidermis will slow the turnover in your cells, leading to a decrease in blood flow and an increase in poor circulation. You might notice wounds take longer to heal and leave scars for a longer period. Your hands and feel, and even lower legs may get cold faster and stay cold longer. There may even be some numbness or tingling in fingers and toes. If this is the case consult your doctor on any tingling or numbness to make sure it is not a sign of other more troubling issues.
Scalp changes and hair loss
Your scalp may also be impacted in your 50’s. Along with decreased blood flow, poor circulation, and decreased estrogen, you might notice more hair loss. More hair on your pillow or falling out in the shower are clues into this. Changing your shampoos and styling products, tools, and practices can help to slow this down. There are also hair treatments designed to address this annoying issue.
Although most of this is just a normal part of aging in your 50’s, pay attention to any of these skin changes to make sure they are not a sign of more significant issues. Because your skin is changing, you’ll likely need to adjust your skincare product and routines once you go from your 40’s into your 50’s.
Get a better understanding of your overall skin health and care in your 50’s or what to expect in your 60’s.
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