First of all, we want to highlight that by no means are we advocating the concept that anyone has to spend money on new skincare with every birthday. The reality is, although beauty brands would love to have us think that we need a new skincare arsenal every time we hit a new milestone, our skin’s wants and needs remain more or less constant throughout most of our adult lives (with a few tweaks here and there).
The issue lies in the fact that all too often, in our younger years, we neglect our skin, leaving us having to deal with the repercussions later on. And sadly, as with most things in life, the best way to deal with skin issues is through prevention. Don’t get us wrong—skin ageing is one of life’s natural processes, but that’s not to say that lifestyle choices don’t have the power to determine its severity.
By the time we enter our fifties, our bodies start going through natural processes that will kickstart the skin ageing process. “The average age of menopause in the UK is 53. As average life expectancy increases, it means a large part of the female population are spending their time in a period of oestrogen deficiency. Oestrogen is a key hormone for a number of skin functions and it is common to experience a number of issues, from wrinkles to dryness,” says Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at Skin 55.
And actually, because of these changes, it turns out that our fifties genuinely is a time to start reconsidering our skincare routines. While we can carry on using the majority of our favourite ingredients and products, experts do have some advice on things that are more likely to make your complexion better (or worse) throughout your fifties. Keep reading for their top advice.