How to Have “Fab” Skin Over 50

Cynthia Bailey, MD|July 28, 2016

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Having fabulous skin when you're over the age of 50 is possible with just a few simple steps!  

My top skin care tip for how to have "Fab Skin Over 50", is to combine both physical and chemical exfoliation for instant results in addition to applying a daily broad spectrum sunscreen.

I am an "over 50" dermatologist who has been treating "over 50s" for more than 25 years in my medical practice. Everyone knows that physical exfoliation using gritty facial scrubs and body exfoliants instantly brightens your complexion, however did you know that combining this with chemical exfoliation will get you so much more?  

Chemical exfoliation means using active skin care ingredients that help loosen dead skin cells.  It changes the dead skin cell layer to tighten and compact it; it's like using your own cells to polish your skin surface to a dewy luster. When you use a chemical exfoliation ingredient, such as professional levels of glycolic acid, you will increase hylauronic acid inside your skin for deep moistening and improvement of texture and tone.  This helps keep your skin looking great and reduces the appearance of aging.

Are you already on powerful glycolic acid products like the ones I have here at Dr. Bailey Skin Care?

Then add a retinoid product to your facial care routine and see an even greater transformation of your over-50 skin.  

You can drop the appearance of years in just a few months when you add the chemical exfoliation of a retinoid to the glycolic acid.  Many of my patients use the combination of my Glycolic Acid Face Cream and my Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream.   I have them use the glycolic acid during the day and the retinoid as a night treatment.  Give them a try, but if both are new products for you, be careful, your skin will need to adjust to them.  Start with one of these powerful products and let your skin adjust for about a month.  Once you think your skin has adjusted, slowly add the second product. If any irritation develops, take a break then resume when your skin has had more time to adjust.

Powerful, professional skin care is transformative, and like a physical fitness routine, you need to build up slowly. It's worth the effort! Remember, you MUST wear a broad spectrum sunscreen 365 days a year too, especially if you are using professional products like these. Professional products can make your skin very sensitive to the sun so make sure that you're applying sunscreen every day- even in the winter! 

Remember, being over 50 doesn't mean you can't have fabulous skin!  Just a few simple steps each day as part of your skin care routine and you too can have "Fab Skin Over 50"!

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Thank you for the suggestion. I’ll try these. Does Chemical exfoliation using Glycolic Acid and retinoid won’t have any side effect? Since most of the people have sensitive skin and are allergic to such chemicals. What do you think of natural supplement that would reduce the skin aging internally. One of my friends had been consuming some collagen supplement in the form of collagen drink and it worked well for her. Since few studies I have gone through, shows that, aging effect is mostly due to the decrease of collagen in our body. So consuming such collagen drink can help to balance the collagen content in your body.

By Bonnie S. Alvarez on 2016 09 23

Hello Bonnie,
The stomach will break the collagen down into amino acids as it does with all protein consumed including the collagen in meat. Here is more info on collagen loss with age: https://www.drbaileyskincare.com/info/dermatologists-advice/skin-care-tips/anti-aging-skin-care-after-menopause

By Cynthia Bailey, MD on 2016 10 06

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