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Skin Care in Your 50s


Estrogen loss plays a big role in the skin care concerns of the 50s. Age spots, crepey skin, and sagging can all be improved with the help of your aesthetic physician.

Throughout the years, skin care needs change. Throughout your 50s, hormonal changes due to menopause can send your body into an uproar, both internally and on your skin. Loss of estrogen plays a key role in this change as women manage their way through "the change."

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According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, when women reach their 50s, they have about 10% of the estrogen they've had as an adult up to that point. Estrogen stimulates collagen and oil production and the 90% loss results in very dry skin. Age spots are amplified and cracks begin to appear, as well as more deep set wrinkles. Loss of fat in the face contributes to skin sagging, and weakening of elastin and collagen fibers causes crepey skin.

Dr. Oz suggests using 2 lotions and 2 only. Using too many different skin care products can irritate the skin, so keep it simple. He says to bet a good moisturizer with SPF 30 to wear during the day and a mega-moisturizer at night. Seek out one that contains ceramides - natural elements of the skin that hold moisture in. They will plump lines and boost your skin's glow temporarily.

He also suggests considering facial fillers like Radiesse or Juvederm to help fill in the facial lines. These injectables will support the skin, minimizing wrinkle appearance. These non-surgical treatments can last 6 to 12 months, or with Sculptra, as long as 2 years.

Non-ablative resurfacing is available, using devices such as the eMatrix. Fractional bi-polar radio frequency waves transfer energy to the dermis, the layer immediately below the surface of the skin. The energy waves pass through the top layer without harming it, and heat the cells below the surface. This differs from other fractional resurfacing technologies which use light to bring about new skin growth. When these energy waves heat the layer of cells below the surface of the skin, the energy creates a wound-healing reaction that results in the production of collagen. The new collagen tightens the skin, improving the appearance of wrinkles.