Skin Care Routine For Your 50s: Skin Changes & Hormonal Shifts

Skin Care Routine For Your 50s: Skin Changes & Hormonal Shifts

While it’s a major milestone worth celebrating, the big 5-0 can be an adjustment on many levels. Every new decade comes with its challenges and lessons, but somehow your fifties pack an extra punch. Lucky for you, with age comes wisdom and maturity – and the more you know, the better you can prepare for inevitable changes.

For women, menopause may be in full swing at this stage of life, which means that there’s a lot going on inside your body, as well as on the surface. As oestrogen diminishes over time, so does the skin’s resilience. However, a routine that’s tailored for your age can go a long way towards rejuvenating the look and feel of your skin and replenishing some of what’s been lost over time. It’s never too late to start a proper skin care routine. After all, this milestone marks a new beginning and you still have a lot of life to live!

Your Skin at 50

The changes you’ve noticed on your skin have probably been creeping in gradually, but it’s getting hard to ignore them. According to Menopause Australia: “Features noted as a result of oestrogen deficiency following menopause may include dryness, loss of elasticity and vascularity, thinning of the skin and increased wrinkling. Acne and unwanted hair growth may also occur.” 

And as if that’s not enough to deal with, this is also the time your skin barrier function starts to weaken. According to Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie Pergar: “During times when our skin is undergoing changes, it is important that we protect its microbiome and moisture barrier to keep the skin healthy with balanced hydration levels. Because our skin produces less oil during menopause, it is easier for the microbiome to become compromised, resulting in symptoms like dryness, irritation, redness and dullness.”

Almost overnight, your skin’s elasticity and radiance can drastically change and will continue to evolve through the next years. Sun damage acquired over the decades has shown up in the form of dark spots and wrinkles on your 50-year-old face. Collagen production is dipping: In the first five years of menopause, your skin produces a mere 30% of what it did before. This reduces elasticity and brings on wrinkles. At 50, you may also notice jowls sagging and large pores appearing as gravity does its thing. 

But wait, there’s more! Changing hormone and pH levels weaken skin even further, compromising that moisture barrier, especially around the eyes, lips and neck where the skin is thinner. Inflammation makes your skin more sensitive and irritable. And, to add insult to injury, acne sometimes makes a return, a by-product of hormonal imbalance.  

It’s a long laundry list of dermatological grievances, but this is where an age-customized daily skin care routine can make a real difference to get younger looking skin as you move into your fifties. All is not lost – far from it!

Best skin care routine for your 50s

Get into a skin care routine that deals with your aging skin concerns head-on. Every effective routine for the over-50 age group should feature these key steps. And to make it easy for you, we’ve included recommendations for some of the best skin care products for this stage in your life. 

Cleanse: Hot water can strip your skin of much-needed oil, so wash your face with tepid water instead. And don’t use regular soap on your face – try a mild multi-action cleanser, like our Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser, which hydrates and firms while washing away impurities. If you are dealing with acne, use a cleanser with salicylic acid that unclogs pores but doesn’t dry out your skin. 

Tone: Toning prepares mature skin for the next steps, helping to increase the absorption of active ingredients that follow. Replenish your skin with Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist which contains neroli oil and our Natural Retinol Alternative designed to restore the appearance of tautness and elasticity.

Exfoliate: This step can be tricky with older skin. Removing dead skin cells restores the look of healthy glow and reduces signs of aging, but collagen slowdown means your skin is thinner now and more vulnerable. So, go easy on the exfoliation with a gentle yet effective treatment like our Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel and stick to once or twice a week, especially at first, to see how your skin tolerates it. 

Mask: A weekly at-home treatment, like our Bamboo Age Corrective Masque, harnesses ingredients such as shea butter and argan oil to help your skin look supple and rejuvenated. Plus, taking the time to apply a mask and let it penetrate the skin is a nice way to give yourself some self care at the end of a busy day.

Product Picks

Introduce a Serum: The Eight Greens Youth Serum leaves skin looking younger with the help of phytoestrogens which are another way to combat the visible signs of hormonal aging brought on by menopause and other big physiological changes: The Eight Greens Collection from Eminence Organics features products that are rich in natural phytoestrogens like yucca, hops and red clover, which will help to increase hydration and elasticity, normalize oil gland production and stimulate cell turnover.

And if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, apply the Bamboo Firming Fluid or the Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil. One happy customer, Jessie, says: “This oil is very hydrating and a little goes a very long way. Smells fantastic and leaves skin soft and dewy.”

Moisturise: Since ultra-dryness is common with aging skin, finding a moisturiser that combats the issue is a must. Lucky for you, there are numerous options available and most are multi-taskers, in that they address other issues that are common in aging skin. If you’re looking to moisturise while helping the appearance of sagging skin, try the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, which is rich in coconut oil, shea butter and grape seed oil to hydrate the skin for a lifted and tightened look. If skin that feels plumped and refreshed is on your wish list, try the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator. 

Treat Your Eyes: If you’re starting to see the first signs of crow’s feet, upgrade your skin routine to incorporate a smoothing eye cream. Hydrate the fragile area around the eyes with the Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream which contains shea butter and oils to return moisture to the skin.

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You can also supplement your routine with regular facial treatments at your nearest Eminence Organics Spa Partner. Experts can target your new concerns and make sure you’re giving your skin exactly what it needs. What changes are you spotting in your skin due to aging? Let us know in the comments below or share with us on social media.


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