Your Face in Your 40s continued...
This is also the decade when you may benefit most from using an antioxidant skin care product. Marmur says keep using those retinol-based creams, upping the frequency to between four and five times a week.
Best Pro Care: To treat lines on the upper lip, experts say the synergistic effects of Botox and line filling injections can work miracles, leaving at least a decade of aging skin behind. So can chemical peels and Fraxel laser treatments, which can literally take years off your appearance around the lips and eyes.
"The Fraxel is great because you get all the benefits of traditional laser treatments without the scarring or downtime," Goldberg says.
Your Face in Your 50s and Beyond
If you've minimized sun exposure and used sunscreen, you can expect to glide into your 50s and 60s with your skin looking pretty darn good. If not, you'll likely be facing the cumulative effects of sun damage and age, which include not only a deepening of lines and wrinkles but also a massive breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers, the support structures that hold up skin.
"This usually results in a drooping of the face, and skin gets loose," Marmur says.
Moreover, she says, as we age, we lose some of the fat beneath our skin, which also contributes to a loss of structure as well as making skin thinner and more translucent. This can cause blood vessels just below the surface to look more prominent and your skin to look discolored.
In addition, Goldberg says brown spots that went untreated in the past will become more prominent now as new ones continue to appear. Moreover, a drop in estrogen that occurs during the 50s will cause skin to look and feel drier, making lines and wrinkles look deeper and more prominent.
"The 50s and 60s is also when the effects of gravity really kick in. So in addition to treating lines and wrinkles, you also need to focus on treatments that tighten the skin," Goldberg says.
Best Self-Care: Increase the use of rich moisturizers, such as shea butter, and if you've been a soap-and-water girl, Marmur says stop immediately and start using a gentle nondrying cleanser on your face and neck. And, she says, continue using retinol products five to six times per week.