(I’m turning 50 at the end of this year. So for the next 12 months, I’m going to tackle different parts of what turning 50 means to me. Here’s entry number five. Find the series here.)
I’ve accepted the fact that no matter what I do, whether it’s exercising, eating right or praying to the anti-aging gods, I’m going to get older. Sure there are things that I can do to slow down the process and to enter my 50s feeling good. And I’m doing a lot of those things.
But I haven’t found the Fountain of Youth. Yet.
One of the biggest physical changes in the last couple of years has been with my skin.
It’s lost some of it’s elasticity and fullness. It’s getting a little wrinkly. And I’m getting some age spots.
All in all though, for almost 50, I don’t have too many wrinkles. I feel very lucky that somewhere in my heritage I have Eastern European, or maybe even Italian, blood. I have kind of olive skin that has fared pretty well over the years especially considering that I grew up in Miami and spent my high school years sunning on Key Biscayne with baby oil as my sunscreen.
Sometime after graduating from college, when I was living in New York, I started using sunscreen every day. The motivation was the permanent raccoon eyes I had due not to jetting off to a ski resort but to melasma caused by my birth control pills. I learned that if I wore sunscreen, the effect would be less pronounced. But I think that daily use of sunscreen has helped keep the sun’s damages to a minimum. Especially since I’ve lived back in Florida for over 17 years.
Over a decade ago, when I was newly divorced and back on the dating scene, I dabbled in various skin treatments like acid peels and microdermabrasion. And I loved the results. But I remarried and went from working full time to part time, with less of my own disposable income. Now with one kid heading off to college and another just two years behind, I’m feeling like my wallet is a little tight for pricey skin treatments. I’ve seen the results of some of the photofacials and laser treatments and wow, they seem just amazing.
Recently, I visited my dermatologist for the first time in five years and got a clean bill of skin health. We talked about some of the non-invasive, less expensive treatments I could do to refresh my skin. So as it gets closer to my 50th birthday, I may treat myself to a round of acid peels just so I feel like I look my best when I’m entering my next decade.
But for the most part, I’ll stick with my current skin care regimen. Everyday I wear a tinted moisturizer that has a sunscreen of SPF 20. If I’m going to be outside for any longer than just flitting back and forth between air conditioned buildings, I’ll put on a “real” sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
I use an exfoliating cleanser at least once a day. I take my makeup off every night and put a CVS brand moisturizing night cream on my face. Every once in a while, I’ll throw in an anti-aging serum. Right now, I’m using iS Clinical’s aptly named Youth Serum. It’s evening out my skin tone and making things seem a little smoother.
I don’t mind my face showing some of it’s age. Sure, I’ll do what I can, to some extent, to look the best that I can. Because when I think I look good, I feel good. But like Popeye says, “I yam what I yam.” And I am proud to be an almost 50 year-old woman.
What are your favorite anti-aging skin care products?
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