Your 50’s should be about planning your retirement, spending valued time with family and most importantly finding ways to have some much-needed fun. Skin problems are common as we age, and this can affect one’s confidence and self-esteem. Naturally, we want to find a magical solution to these issues.

Every year we see an upward trend in people over 50 resorting to face lifts in a bid to beat the effects of aging. These often costly procedures promise to rejuvenate your face and turn the clock back ten years. However, before you throw yourself at the mercy of a surgeon’s knife, there are things you can do to revitalize your skin. Here are a few less invasive techniques that can rebuild collagen and give you the youthful glow you’re longing to have.

Refresh Your Skin

The secret to any good skin care regime involves regular cleansing, exfoliation and moisturization – using creams that are suitable for your skin type. Anti-aging creams are in every drugstore, and each one claims it can reverse the aging progress. Is there any truth to their claims?

Certainly some creams can indeed help to lessen the signs of aging on the skin.  You do have to know what you’re looking for though. Products containing retinol and/or a UVA/UVB Sunscreen are the most successful. Retinol is a Vitamin A compound and a powerful antioxidant. In essence, it neutralizes the cells that produce wrinkles. Vitamin C protects from sun damage, and moisturizers with tea extracts have anti-inflammatory attributes. However, it is not always stable when added to moisturising creams and needs to be suspended in an anhydrous formulation for it to have any chance of effect.

One of the best additions to face creams, cleansers, and moisturizers are Hydroxy acids. They’re exfoliants, and remove upper layers of dead skin, allowing smooth skin with even pigmentation to grow.

Revitalize Your Skin

Every spa or beauty parlor you visit will no doubt have dozens of treatments for you to choose. Facials are a favorite among many to give their skin some much needed TLC. A professional facial will improve your skin by tightening the elasticity and  facial contours and improve the tone of your skin. Anti-aging facials reduce fine lines and wrinkles giving your skin that coveted youthful look.

Aging often causes dry skin and facials are a fantastic hydration boost. Let’s not forget that a facial is a relaxing experience and the psychological effects are just as valuable as the physical. A reputable spa will analyze your skin and advise on which facial is best for you.

Resurrect Your Skin

There are non-invasive procedures that can help to improve the texture, tone, and color of your skin. Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals or a diamond tip to exfoliate the upper layers of your skin, replacing old cells with new healthier ones. The procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes and is most effective with regular treatments. Microdermabrasion can leave your face feeling slightly tender afterwards. It’s a suitable procedure for most people, but it uses a vacuum tool which can aggravate conditions such as Rosacea. There are however, alternative treatments including Dermaplaning.

Dermaplaning is an advanced, more aggressive method of exfoliation. Dead skin cells are gently scraped away by a skin specialist, making it easier to moisturize adequately. It’s a painless procedure, and it also removes fine hairs on the face.

Microdermabrasion is regarded as more of a regular maintenance treatment, while Dermaplaning corrects existing problems. Which treatment you choose depends on the results you’d like to achieve.

With so many treatments available it’s essential to combine a daily skincare routine, with regular facials. Your skin needs to be protected and nourished on a daily basis. Researching different treatments and seeking the advice of a professional will ensure you take the correct steps to care for your skin.