Each February I traditionally have a beauty week in which I share my skincare and makeup application routines. This week I’m not going to share a makeup routine, but watch for a BIG makeup application tips video tomorrow at my YouTube Channel. And today I’m sharing my morning skincare routine for women over 50 that I’m currently loving for great results.
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Like most of you, I tend to settle into my skincare routines by happenchance. I’m always on the search for the best products that I can afford and that can fit into my routine in a way that feels good to me. Honestly, I want a lot of bang for my buck, and I don’t want to have to fuss with too many products or procedures or steps. I want to tend to my skincare concerns – which largely revolve around signs of aging and threats of skin cancer at this point – and then I want to get out of the bathroom and on with my day.
So my skincare has changed a good bit in the last year because I’ve met with my dermatologist, tried some new products offered by a friend, tried out some new brands at the recommendation of other influencers and sought out some answers to some persisting problems.
My Skin Concerns
Let me quickly review the skin issues I try to work on with my morning skincare routine. I’m 58 (tomorrow!) and I’ve had one run-in with basal cell carcinoma, which I had removed through a Mohs surgery in November. I have dry skin, but it’s generally not sensitive at all. I’m getting lots of lines around my mouth and eyes that almost look like scar tissue. Anyone??? And I’m also currently using a prescribed 5% Flourouracil cream on a small spot on my nose that has been diagnosed as pre-cancerous.
Yes, I have makeup on in the photo above, so that is covering the scar some. But I am pleased with the progress I’ve seen. Hang with me and I’ll share what I’m using on it.
Let’s get going on that morning skincare routine for women over 50.
Oh, and I’m only calling it a “morning skincare routine for women over 50” for search engine optimization (SEO). Just keeping it real. I want other women over 50 to be able to find this post in website searches, so I need to use that term repeatedly. But this is certainly not a definitive skincare routine for all women over 50. It’s just what’s working for me and my unique skin concerns.
My Morning Skincare Routine for Women Over 50
I’m a firm believer in cleansing your face daily, especially to remove makeup in the evening. But even in the morning I like to start the day with clean skin. So most mornings I wash it in the shower with just warm water and a soft wash cloth, but if I don’t take a bath (because I took one the night before) I use the Elemis Cleansing Balm (not pictured above) to cleanse my skin.
The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (also from Elemis directly) is a silky, creamy balm that looks somewhat like lemon curd and feels rich and oily. But it smells a-maze-ing and leaves your skin feeling so soft and moisturized and healthy. You can actually apply it three ways: as a rich balm, lathered into a froth with water or thick like a mask. After working a small dime size dollop into my skin with warm water, I use a warm, wet wash cloth to press it into my skin and then gently wipe it off. This is such a luxurious step in my morning (and evening) routine. I absolutely love this silky soft balm.
You can get many of these products that I’m sharing at a variety of retailers, of course. But right now just through February 28th, Nordy club members can get 2x points at Nordstrom on beauty buys. So it’s a good time to purchase many of these items at Nordstrom, especially since they always offer free shipping and returns.
Applying an Antioxidant
I always apply the Timeless Skin Care 10% Vitamin C serum in my evening skincare routine. But some days I apply it in the mornings, too. I’d say probably two or three mornings per week. Vitamin C restores & neutralizes environmental stressors that can accelerate the signs of aging. Plus, this serum includes a 10% concentration of L-ascorbic acid, a highly effective skin antioxidant and collagen builder. Topically applied vitamin C also brightens skin, builds collagen & evens out skin tone. And this Timeless formulation is enhanced with Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid to correct hyperpigmentation and discoloration, and promote healthy skin turnover.
The Timeless Skin Care 10% Vitamin C serum should be kept in a cool place, preferably a refrigerator. But we keep our house so cool that I think it’s just fine in my bathroom. It comes out through an innovative pump system that keeps the fragile vitamin complex from ruining. I just use two small squirts of the Timeless Skin Care 10% Vitamin C serum, dab it on my face thoroughly ( no need to rub it in) and let it set a bit before the next step.
I break my skincare routines up a bit, allowing each step to dry or set up before moving to the next step. During these “breaks” I do things like brush my teeth or put on some of my clothing.
Massaging My Scar with Silicone Gel
My dermatologist suggested that I use a gel on my scar after my Mohs surgery. She said most gels do pretty well, but that they’ve seen the best results with gels that contain silicone. So I massage the Eau Thermale Avene Cicalfate+ Scar Gel into my scar morning and night.
The Eau Thermale Avene Cicalfate+ Scar Gel is a thick gel that goes on smoothly and absorbs fairly quickly, so sometimes I actually massage several dollops into the scar. The nurse suggested I massage the scar for five minutes each day. But I confess, I generally don’t spend that much time on it. I have noticed acceptable and significant improvement in my scar as time has progressed. I’ve also started apply the Eau Thermale Avene Cicalfate+ Scar Gel to an old scar on my arm and I’m even seeing noticeable change there.
I’ve been using the Tarte Shape Tape Eye Cream for a couple of months now and I like the results. You push the milky cream out of the end of the wand and then use the stainless steel roller ball to apply directly to the skin over the orbital bone. It feels so cool and refreshing. The formula is infused with vegan squalane, vitamin B5, sodium hyaluronate, vitamin E and plumping peptides.
And I’ve noticed that the lines around my eyes have diminished some and my eye makeup is going on and staying on really nicely these days. Of course, that could be due to the combination of this Tarte Shape Tape Eye Cream with the Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion and the Jane Iredale Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Kit I’m also using these days. (LOVE that Jane Iredale Naturally Matte Eyeshadow Kit! Applies so smoothly and easily and blends well, too.)
Next I apply just a couple of pumps of Elemis Pro-Collagen Super Serum Elixir (also available from Elemis directly) to my face and neck. Powered by a unique blend of intelligent bio-actives, including anti-aging tripeptides, African birch bark, red seaweed and Padina Pavonica, this silky, somewhat oily elixir leaves my skin feeling firmer with improved elasticity. It also contains hyaluronic acid and omega-rich camelina oil, which provide superior moisturization throughout the day.
I really have noticed a surprisingly significant difference in the elasticity of my skin as well as marked decrease in lines and wrinkles. It’s hard to say which elements of my skincare routine are producing the most results, but I definitely think this daytime elixir is key to the improvements I’ve seen.
I purchased the Elemis products I’m using just before Christmas in a significantly discounted “gift set.” These are fairly pricey products, but I’ve noticed that Elemis does indeed run specials on them quite frequently. My set was something like this, but not exactly.
Moisturizing and Hydrating
After letting the Elemis elixir set a bit (usually while applying my eye makeup), I’m then ready to apply my daytime moisturizer. A sweet friend gifted me this Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream for Christmas. My friend Leah has the most beautiful skin and she’s been using Paula’s Choice products exclusively for several years. So she asked if I’d like to try some.
When I first squirted a little bit of this Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream onto my fingers, I was a little skeptical. It’s so extremely light. Honestly, it just didn’t feel impressive. But I’ve heard that other brands (maybe some of the ones I’m using even!) put a lot of extra, unnecessary ingredients into their products just for that reason – to make them feel more impressive than they really are.
But this Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream has proven to be a winner. I’ve been using it since the middle of December, and I love it. Unlike some other products I’ve used in the past, it doesn’t build up on my skin and then crumb up as I apply my foundation. Instead, it goes on very light, absorbs quickly, but then obviously keeps my normally dry skin feeling very hydrated and protected all day.
Protecting from the Sun
I’ve always worn sunscreen, but usually in my moisturizer or makeup foundation. But since I’ve had my couple of scares with skin cancer, I’ve decided to be more in control of my sun protection by breaking the steps apart. In the past, if I relied on the sunscreen to be in my foundation I might would have neglected to wear any sun protection on days I went without makeup. So now I’m using the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen in their 30 Face Sheer Tint formulation.
A little bit of the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen goes a long way. In fact, that little dollop shown above is probably too much for my face and neck. This mineral sunscreen contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for full coverage and protection. But, unlike most mineral sunscreens, this sheer tint formula will not leave your face white. Instead the soft tint blends in beautifully with any complexion color and leaves your skin looking healthy and radiant. I do indeed wear it alone some days, going without my foundation.
I’ve not found the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen to interfere at all, however, with my foundation application either. In fact, after letting the sunscreen set just a couple of minutes, my foundation goes on very smoothly and evenly.
Because my dermatologist has insisted that I use an SPF 50 product on my nose while I’m doing the Florouracil treatment, I’ve been applying the Cetaphil 50 Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face to my nose. But it does indeed stay a little white after application. I had hoped it would be sheer enough to wear on my whole face, and I will when I’m on the beach. But otherwise I will stick with the CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen.
And that’s a wrap!
That’s my simple morning skincare for women over 50.I’m outta there! Well, I’m on to applying my makeup anyhow.
I did want to mention that I ordered and have been using the Olay Wrinkle Correction Serum with B3+Peptides recently, too. But, because I wanted to use the Elemis consistently if I was going to recommend it here, I’ve only used the Olay serum occasionally, here and there, just enough to know that it goes on nicely and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. But it is a fraction of the price of the Elemis serum, so I wanted to mention it. And if you use code WINWIN on any of the Olay products I’ve included in the shopping widget below, you’ll see significant savings in your cart.
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