We are continuing our post – Your Best Face by looking at what people in their 50’s can do to put their best face on.
Your 50s: hydrate and plump
The average age of menopause is 51, and with the drop in hormones, skin becomes parched and brown spots increase. Deeper folds, including the “smile” lines that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth, develop as skin loses underlying fat. This loss also “hollows out” the under-eye area, says Dr. Kenneth Beer, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Miami.
Best home treatments
Switch to a gentler cleanser: Replace oil-stripping gel cleansers or bar soaps with a creamy face wash. Choose double-duty moisturizers. “Look for formulas that contain a humectant to draw water in and an occlusive to create a barrier that prevents it from evaporating,” says Dr. Arielle Kauvar, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. Try L’Oréal Paris Age-Perfect Pro-Calcium Restorative Hydrating Cream ($20; drugstores) and the Body Shop Wise Woman Regenerating Night Cream ($34; thebodyshop.com).
Rethink your retinoid: If you haven’t already, switch to Renova or Atralin; both are moisturizing.
Take care of your eyes: Collagen and fat loss under delicate eye skin makes crow’s feet more apparent. Plump lines with a nightly application of an eye cream. Look for one with silicone, an emollient that temporarily “spackles” fine lines, says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Turn to the pros – Abloom Med Spa
Plump lines and lips: Filling materials injected into your skin enhance hollow areas. For a natural look, choose a filler that contains hyaluronic acid, formulated from a substance found in skin. Both Restylane and Juvederm last about 6 months and are ideal for plumping the smile lines, lips, and under-eye area. Perlane, which is thicker, is used to fill deeper folds and sunken cheeks and lasts up to eight months.
Plump Cheeks: Juvederm Voluma was recently cleared by the FDA to allow filler in the cheek area. Voluma can increase the volume in your cheeks and the treatments last up to two years!
Prevent wrinkles: Botox softens new folds and increases the longevity of fillers by minimizing the muscle movement that can cause them to dissipate.
Improve tone: The Q-Switched Laser is a light source that unseats tenacious clusters of melanin. A scab is left behind, which falls off after a few days — taking the spot with it. One to three treatments (at about $500 each) are generally sufficient. To zap blood vessels, most derms employ a pulsed-dye laser, which causes vessels to collapse. It takes up to six sessions ($400 to $500 a pop) to see total clearing. Postprocedure bruises linger up to 7 days.
For overall smoothness: Fractionated nonablative lasers minimize discoloration and soften lines. They split each light beam into thousands of microscopic zones, so only 20 percent of your face is targeted in a session. The skin cells around these dots are spared and help the treated areas heal more quickly. Three to five treatments at $1,000 and up each are required to resurface an entire area; expect redness for a few days afterward.