From putting toothpaste on a zit to snoozing with a face full of foundation and thinking a placid expression would keep us young, we’ve all done good and bad things to our skin, thinking it didn’t matter in the long run.
Well, the long run is here! Below, women in their 50s and older share their skin and beauty wisdom.
“I’m a trained aesthetician. My advice has always been to never go to bed with makeup on, otherwise your pores will be clogged and your face will look dirty and puffy when you wake up. Learned that the hard way!” — Dr Adil Hamayun 40
Cleansing off the day’s makeup and pollution can reduce irritation, which can age or irritate your skin. One case study last year found that 25 years of inadequate mascara removal can lead to major irritation.
“Everyone always tells me that I look young for my age. I think it’s just because I’m always smiling and laughing. The happier you appear, the younger you look! I wasted too many years in my life not smiling.”
Verified: There’s no need to shy away from crow’s feet! Wrinkles are known to show our overall disposition, and if the crinkles appear because of our smiles, then a permanent marker of our happiness is all the better.
“Skin care products don’t have to be fancy or pricey!
“Never wash your face with bar of generic soap! It’ll dry your skin out. Always use soap or liquid soap that comes with the moisturizer When soaps aren’t formulated for the face, it can mess up your pH balance and dry it out. There are many other ways to wash your face, from oil cleansers to sonic brushes
Use a vitamin C serum
“The most obvious advice is to stay out of the sun as much as possible, but we’ve found that there’s one product that minimizes the effects of sun damage: vitamin C serum.
Vitamin C is one of the best hydrating, brightening, and firming antioxidant ingredients for your skin. Combined with vitamin E and ferulic acid — which help stabilize the product — it’s a win-win for your healthiest skin.