The average age for menopause is 51, which means your ovaries will produce less estrogen than you did in your 40s. Your skin will become drier, sag, and lose volume. If you already have a skincare routine in place, you won’t have to completely change it. You will just add to it and, you will, in fact, have your skin looking and feeling better.

So, yes you can improve your skin at any age.

Cheerful Blonde in her 50s

If you don’t have a routine in place, read How to Keep Your Skin Looking Younger in Your 40s. After you read that one, come back here because you will be building on that routine. Also, all the suggestions of ways to have and keep your skin healthy are the same and will benefit you the same. So, make sure you do go read it as well.

What should my routine include for my 50s?

Like I said before, you don’t have to completely revamp your routine. You will just add to it for recreating your skin’s protective barrier and retaining moisture. You’ll want to look for products with ingredients like probiotics, cholesterol, ceramides, and growth factors. I will explain what growth factors are further down this post.

Your morning routine: 1. Gentle Cleanser 2: Moisturizing or Exfoliating Toner 3: Probiotic or Booster Serum 4: Vit C Serum 5: Heavy Moisturizer w/ peptides & Cholesterol 6: Eye Cream 7: SPF 30 or more

Your night routine: 1: Gentle Cleanser 2: Moisturizing or Exfoliating Toner 3: Probiotic or Booster Serum 4: Increased Strength Retinol 5: Heavy Night Cream 6: Heavy Eye Cream

You should keep exfoliating 2-3 times a week as well.

As you can see, your routine won’t change very much but I am going to tell you about the best products you should include in your skincare from now on. The first is your probiotic or booster serum that you will add to your day and night routines.

There are two serums that have been highly recommended, including in your skincare ritual. The first one, iS Clinical Youth Serum, will give you both immediate and long-term results. With the growth factors, antioxidants, and patented Extremozyme technology, this serum visibly reduces fine lines, smoothes your skin, and firms your complexion.

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Another great choice, Glo Skin Beauty Bio-Renew EGF Drops, works with your skin to restore and strengthen the skin barrier. With 100% vegan EGF and bio-active peptide recovery complex, this formula speeds up epidermal regeneration and reduces those fine lines and wrinkles. You can use this serum alone at full strength or put a few drops in your other serum for a boost.

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The next thing on the list is swapping out your regular moisturizer for a heavier one. Your skin won’t produce as much oil as needed and moisture retention may also be a problem. Your moisturizer needs to contain ingredients like lipids, ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and help keep moisture.

Skin Fix Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream contains everything you need in a moisturizer like intensely hydrating peptides that also plump and firm the skin. The Triple Lipid Complex helps to restore your skin’s ceramide and fatty acid levels. The firming Nutri-peptide blend supports your skin barrier.

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During the day, you will probably want an eye cream that will absorb fast and can be worn under makeup. I am also sure you want one that will produce the results like hydrating, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as getting rid of any dark circles and puffiness.

Fresh’s Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Cream is just the eye cream you are looking for. It will have your eyes looking firmer, more supple, and less tired looking.

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*** Don’t Forget To Protect Your Skin From The Sun ***

Nighttime Changes After you have cleansed, toned, and applied your same serum from the day’s routine, you will then apply your retinol. Honestly, by this time, you should have been using retinol since your 30s and your skin should be adjusted to it.

So, it’s time to increase your retinol to a higher strength. The strongest retinol you can get over the counter is 1%. If you have never used retinol, then you will start at the lowest strength and work your way up. Once you have done this, it’s then time to visit your dermatologist to get a prescription for tretinoin. Your regular doctor may also be able to write you a prescription.

There are now skincare websites that have a licensed dermatologist able to start you off with low-strength tretinoin and gradually increase it every month. Most of them give you a free trial period like or

Night Cream. At night, your skin is in repair and regenerate mode, so, you need a cream to help these processes as well as target any specific concerns you have. Avene Physiolift Night Smoothing Night Balm is an excellent choice for firmer and more plump skin. It’s also clinically proven to reduce the look of deep wrinkles and furrows along with moisturizing and replenishing collagen with its patented combo of ingredients, Ascofilline(TM) and Hyaluronic Acid Mono-Oligomers.

Another impressive night cream I had to include is Bloomeffects Black Tulip Facial Treatment. You can use this as a wipe-off mask as well as your night cream. It’s especially beneficial for mature skin that needs repairing and rejuvenating.

Night Eye Cream. As stated above, you need to make this one heavier than your day eye cream. Start improving your skin’s barrier and supporting the microbiome with Peter Thomas Roth Vital-E Microbiome Age Defense Eye Cream. In 4 weeks you’ll see the improvement in elasticity, crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. This eye cream is also hydrating and reduces puffiness. You could use this one day and night if you choose to.

Don’t Forget Your Neck

Even if you bring your serums and creams down your neck, as you should, you should still use a cream, especially for your neck and decollete. Your skin is about 50% thinner in these areas so you need to give them special attention.

To keep your neck and decollete firm and lifted or diminish any fine lines and wrinkles, iS Clinical NeckPerfect Complex is recommended by dermatologists. With targeted botanicals and powerful antioxidants, your neck, decollete, and even your jawline will appear more lifted, taut, and flawless.

For an immediate tightening effect, Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum is what you are looking for. Over time, it will tone, lift, and firm your neck and decollete.

What else can I do to look younger besides great skincare?

While you used to have to go see a professional for skin tightening, at-home devices have exploded in the market. These devices use LED and RF (radio frequency) for stimulating collagen and elastin production.

If you are looking to treat your whole body, MLAY will be your best choice. You can just use it on your face if you want for lifting, tightening, and reducing wrinkles.

MLAY is a pain-free, safe, and effective way to have younger-looking skin in about 1-4 weeks according to 90% of customers who have used the machine.

If you would like a device that offers a cooling option, then LEFAY will be your best choice. This radio frequency device also has a cleansing and massage mode along with red and blue LED therapy for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

women in 50s massaging face with jade roller

Facial Massage

One step you absolutely must add to your daily or nightly ritual is a massage. Not only does it relieve tension in your face but it is also great for anti-aging. By giving your face and neck a massage every day, you are increasing circulation which, in turn, increases collagen production and will give your skin a healthy glow.

Not only will you be getting the benefits from the massage, but you will also receive benefits from the facial oil. For a facial oil that gives you a radiant complexion along with fine lines and wrinkles visibly reduced and the skin more toned and supple then Black Rose Precious Face Oil is one you should definitely try. With Black Rose Extract and essential oils of Bulgarian Rose and Magnolia, can you imagine how enticing the fragrance is?

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Also, worth mentioning is the fact it won the 2016 Glamour Beauty Award and the 2017 Harper’s Bazaar 150 Best Beauty Buys!

Don’t want to splurge on a facial oil? Coconut, almond, and olive oil may be some you already have on hand and are wonderful anti-agers!

What are growth factors (EGF) in skincare?

Your skin cells naturally produce these proteins helping your skin to stay alive and healthy. When added to skincare products, they are one of the best active ingredients for complete skin rejuvenation.

Growth factors are able to communicate with other cells which, in turn, helps in stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and also strengthens the skin barrier. Your skin will have more firmness and elasticity, and retain more moisture.

Using products with growth factors will help delay needing cosmetic procedures and also extend the benefits of cosmetic procedures.


Just because you are getting older and your body is changing doesn’t mean you can’t counteract the effects it will have on your skin. Once you have perfected your routine, you have to stick with it or you won’t achieve the results you are looking for. I hope this has helped you find the answers you need when it comes to your anti-aging journey.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please leave them below.

4 thoughts on “Can You Improve Your Skin After Age 50?

  1. Hi Siobhan 

    Not that I have reached my 50’s as yet! However this article is such a great reminder of what I need to be doing in preparation for my 50’s. I am just loving the, Glo Skin Beauty Bio-Renew EGF Drops. Especially with the bio-active peptide recovery complex. That sounds so, so delicious for my skin.

    If you look after your skin with fantastic products as you’ve mentioned. You will be surprised how much more youthful your appearance can be. Great read!


    1. Thank you for the lovely comment. I am impressed with the drops as well. Please let me know your experience with them if you decide to use them.

  2. Many thanks for this valuable and comprehensive post. I really did not know about such products. These are really important. These will be very important to my mother. I think she already has a morning routine. But I don’t think she does a night routine. I think the product you have recommended will be very important for her. I will send this to her and definitely post like this in the future.

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