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This is the Best Skincare Routine for Over 50

Your 50s signal big changes for your body, and your skin is no exception. Fluctuating hormones and slowing cell turnover make the markers of aging more conspicuous, which is why many of us overhaul our routines in search of the best skincare for women over 50.

While our skin began slowing oil and collagen production in our 20s, this process accelerates in our 50s. Meanwhile, elastin fibers break down and transepidermal water loss speeds up. This means it’s even more important— and more challenging—to keep mature skin hydrated. When the skin is dehydrated, its natural  moisture barrier can become compromised. This natural barrier is meant to keep moisture in and environmental stressors out, which means a compromised barrier can lead to irritation and make fine lines, crepiness, and wrinkles appear more pronounced. 

The solution: a deeply hydrating, science-backed skincare routine tailor-made for our 50s and beyond.From the best moisturizer for mature skin to targeted anti-aging treatments, we’re taking an in-depth look at building the best routine for glowing skin over 50. Understanding which ingredients to add to your arsenal, the proper order of skincare application, and which products to use are crucial to achieving healthy, hydrated, radiant mature skin.

Step One: Wash With a Hydrating Cleanser

The best skincare routine for women over 50 starts with a cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without damaging the skin’s moisture barrier or stripping it of its natural oils. Our Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil effortlessly dissolves impurities and makeup while adding a burst of squalane-fueled hydration. Meanwhile, nourishing antioxidants target stress and signs of aging, leaving the skin healthy and radiant.

Massage our Antioxidant Cleansing Oil into a dry face, then rinse with warm water to transform it into a silky, luxurious milky cleanser. Pat with a towel until your skin is almost dry, then follow with step two. Shop Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

Step Two: Use A Toner With Active, Hydrating Ingredients

When we think of toners, we often envision the harsh astringents we used to target blemishes in our teens. But toner is an essential step that balances your skin’s pH and prepares it to receive the active ingredients in your skincare routine.

Our Squalane + Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mist uses two types of hyaluronic acid to visibly plump and support hydration. We recommend spritzing it onto still-damp skin after cleansing. This enables the hyaluronic acid to bond with those water molecules and draw them into the skin, improving hydration and amplifying the toner’s plumping effect.

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Step Three: Nourish Your Delicate Undereye Area

The skin beneath our eyes is naturally thinner than on the rest of our face. It’s also the first place we’re likely to see the effects of age-related dehydration, which often shows up as crepiness and sagging.

Smooth and visibly lift undereye skin with our Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream. Our award-winning formula visibly lifts on the first application thanks to paracress extract, a medicinal floral extract proven to lift and firm. Meanwhile, peptides signal the skin to produce more collagen, working together with marine algae to visibly improve fine lines and wrinkles and give skin a healthier, bouncier appearance.

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Step Four: Target Signs of Aging with Dermatologist-Approved Actives  

A targeted treatment serum containing science-supported active ingredients is essential when assembling the best skincare routine for your 50s. Build your routine around the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients, retinol. This dermatologist-beloved ingredient speeds cell turnover to increase collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Unfortunately, more rapid cell turnover can sometimes cause irritation if you don’t have the right formula.

Our Squalane + Retinol Night Serum uses two kinds of encapsulated retinoids to avoid irritation while delivering the most powerful retinoids you can get without a prescription. These proven-effective retinoid actives are gently released into your skin over the course of 8 hours alongside nourishing antioxidants and hydrating sugarcane-derived squalane. The result: all the skin-smoothing, dark-spot-improving benefits of retinoids with a boost of squalane-powered hydration.

During your nighttime routine, massage our Retinol Night Serum into completely dry skin and be sure to use sunscreen the next day.Shop Squalane + Retinol Night Serum

In the morning, follow your toner with a few drops of our Squalane + Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum. In this ultra-hydrating treatment, our innovative rapid plumping complex joins forces with three science-backed moisture boosters (hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid, and squalane) to draw in moisture and flood skin with continuous hydration while encouraging collagen production to plump skin and add bounce.

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Step Five: Deeply Moisturize

Moisturizer provides deep hydration and nourishment to the upper layers of skin while shielding it from environmental stressors. The best moisturizers for mature skin are rich in nourishing ingredients like ceramides and fatty acids. These moisturizing ingredients help compensate for your skin’s decreasing oil production and protect against transdermal water loss.

Our Squalane + Omega Repair Cream is rich in omega fatty acids and ceramides—both of which are found naturally found in your skin’s moisture barrier. These ingredients work together with acai berry sterols to replenish your skin’s barrier. Our formula also includes hyaluronic acid to pull water into the skin, providing deep hydration while visibly plumping fine lines and wrinkles. 

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Step Six: Lock In Active Ingredients 

While blemishes may have prompted you to steer clear of facial oils in your younger years, a nourishing facial oil is the secret to glowing skin over 50. 

When you pair your moisturizer with non-comedogenic facial oil (such as our sugarcane-derived squalane), you’re ensuring that your skin stays hydrated and nourished all day long. This fortifies the moisture barrier, helping ward off the damaging effects of environmental stressors such as bacteria and pollution. 

Our multi-award-winning Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil is renowned for its powerful ability to  instantly brighten while firming the skin. Our uniquely stable, oil-soluble  vitamin C deeply nourishes and provides antioxidant support to visibly improve skin elasticity and boost radiance while chios crystal oil adds bounce. Meanwhile, our superhero squalane provides crucial moisture while driving actives deeper into the skin, making them work harder.

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Step Seven (AM Only): Protect With SPF

Use an SPF of at least 30 every single day. This is even more important if you’re using retinoids, as rapid cell turnover can expose immature skin cells to damaging UV rays.

Our Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen provides broad spectrum, SPF 30 using non-nano zinc oxide that melts into any skin tone for invisible protection. It also includes soothing water lily and hydrating squalane to keep your skin from drying out and becoming irritated in the sun.

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Want to learn more about skincare by age? Check out our ultimate guide to the best skincare routine for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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