17 Beauty Tips Women 50+ Have for Their 20-Year-Old Self

Experiment with acupuncture

“Acupuncture has helped greatly with my skin overall. I’ve noticed the texture and quality of my skin has improved, and the tiny lines have begun to soften quite noticeably. The best way to explain it is that I feel like my skin has gone back 10 years. It’s more plump, clearer and I feel fresher and more awake. I definitely recommend facial acupuncture. I wish that I had found it as soon as my skin started to show its age”. — Lisa A, 50

Verified: Facial acupuncture is reported to brighten up complexion, stimulate collagen, reduce jaw tension, and soften overall appearance. While there’s not enough research to fully conclude these benefits, the science looks promising.

Don’t stop at the face

“Moisturize your neck now, so that you don’t have to be afraid about covering it all up later. In my opinion, one of the loveliest parts of a woman’s body as she ages is the “portrait” area — from the top of the bust to the chin.

Think about Renaissance paintings, you can always see this area. But as women get older, they cover this area up! If you carry your skin care routine below the neck you’ll have more confidence to rock an off-shoulder, sweetheart, or V neckline when you get older.” — Andrea Pflaumer, 71

Verified: Skin health doesn’t stop at the face! As mentioned above, the neck and chest area are two places people often forget to sunscreen.

Try nonsurgical treatments if you want

“I’m a firm believer in being the best we can be at the age we are. As a breast cancer survivor who went through five surgeries as well as multiple rounds of chemo and radiation, I [believe] in not having to take drastic measures so that you can feel as good on the outside as you feel on the inside at any age. Because the cancer meds caused me to dry up, I encountered all sorts of issues after treatment, including skin-related challenges.

My biggest piece of advice to younger women is to start thinking about noninvasive, nonsurgical technologies… probably way before you would normally start to think about it. We’re so fortunate to live in an age where women have access to wonderful technological options!” — Meryl Kern, 62

Verified: While you might not be ready for lasers or injections, knowing exactly what goes into noninvasive procedures — instead of finding out about them too late — is a critical step to feeling confident about achieving your ideal skin.

For example, being against Botox is easy in your 20s but your skin changes sometimes exponentially in your 30s and 40s. Knowing the facts around Botox may change your perspective and provide a less challenging journey as a result. If after you know the facts, you discover you still don’t want Botox, lasering, or chemical peels, realizing that there’s nothing else to be done can provide a world of relief and confidence in yourself, too.

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