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Unfortunately, taking care of our skin does not stop after we are done with our teen years. Rather, it’s a life long process to maintain healthy and glowing complexion at any age.

Women approaching their fifties know it's going to be an uphill battle when it comes to keeping their face and complexion youthful and blemish-free.  Issues such as rosacea, unusual sensitivities, bumps, unwanted hair and dark skin discolorations called Melasma arrise.  

Here are some dermatologist-recommended treatments and preventative measures to help you fight the good fight.

Rosacea is the name of the skin condition that leaves middle-aged women looking permanently flushed in the face.  This condition is the result of permanently dilated blood vessels in the face, which is normally the result of facial flushing during menopause's hot flashes.  Once the damage has been done, these blood vessels are easily irritated by strong sensations, such as spicy food, cold wind, caffeine, hormones and alcohol.  

The best treatment is laser treatment by a dermatologist.  Sometimes the skin develops red bumps, known as popular rosacea.  To treat this form, it's recommended to wash your face every day with a detergent cleanser, instead of simply removing makeup or using a toner.  For oily skin, an acne cleanser is recommended.  For dry skin, use a fragrance-free moisturizing cleanser.    

Skin sensitivity may become more apparent with age.  The best way to avoid irritation is to be aware of your skin type.  Women with oily skin, for example, should not use heavy moisturizers, as it can result in acne breakouts.  Similarly, women with dryer skin need to choose more moisturizing products and avoid products whose ingredients include acids and salts. Women with light complexions (light hair and eyes) should be especially careful about using such astringents.  Read the label of products before buying; choosing the right kind of product for your skin is crucial.

Did your grandmother ever have a few stray black or thick gray hairs around her chin and jaw?  As women age, estrogen levels diminish and testosterone can dominate, leading to increased facial hair.  Most women will pluck out these unwanted invaders, but it's not recommended, as it can cause pimples and scarring.  Instead, hormone replacement or Aveeno Positively Smooth moisturizer are better bets.  Or there's always the trimming method.

Melasma is the name of dark skin discolorations, especially for women of Asian and Indian decent.  These brown patches can be lightened with bleaching creams, and are best prevented by keeping your skin protected from the sun with hats and sunscreen.

It used to take me 20 minutes to get ready for a party, and 10 min for bed, but now it’s a whole process. The only way to live a full life is to get older—we may as well embrace the process and take care of ourselves to the very best of our abilities.

Have a fabulous weekend ladies.

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      Denise Richardson wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • hearthappyThanks for sharing Yana, I wish I could get rid of my discoloration spot here and there around my face.



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      Glimpse wrote Sep 10, 2010
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      Linni wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • Good post Yana! thank you! my skin doesnt have any spots yet, however i have acne! lol



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      Linda L wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • Thanks for the post Yana.  I have combo skin type and age spots.  I find that our stores, many skin care products recommended for mature skin does not come both fragrance-free and SPF and it becomes a challenge to find the right product.



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      Plussize4you wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • Great info I never thought to use lightening cream, but I do alway use a good moisturizer. I alway just pluck the odd dark hair but they are becoming ga problem.



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      Spa007 wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • Hi Yana,

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      Bozz wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • I'm trying to learn to accept my own skin (I've had issues since I was about 13 with how I look) and not buy into the message that I'm supposed to be flawless and look like I'm 20. It's like an uphill battle - I feel like I'm the only one swimming against the tide of the marketing :( I'm SHOUTING from my small corner the question WHY do we have to look perfect? What is SO abhorrant about blemishes on a woman's face? Human skin (apart from one or two VERY lucky people) doesn't look like porcelain. Women are human aren't they? or is it just men who are allowed to look human? I'm trying to accept myself and not to believe I'm a freak for having Scottish ancestry - ie red frizzy hair, fair skin, blemishes, freckles, moles, hairiness - and now that I'm 40, the onset of gasp ageing & wrinkles on top of it all. I just really believe the answer is not to hide our 'flaws' but to make so called 'flawed' women (real women) visible so we are not constantly comparing ourselves with the airbrushed beauties in the mags/films/TV shows/billboards/product packaging etc etc etc and learn that 'woman' doesn't equal "flawless perfection" which is the definition we are expected to be.



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      Kyah wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • Since I’m beyond the 40s, I gotta do what I gotta do. I get chin hairs that have the audacity to curl and sometimes pop out gray. I have to pluck them because they itch. I use Ten O’ Six to cleanse the skin first (or witch hazel, whatever’s closest) and make sure I have the hair secure in the tweezer scissors before pulling. If you try to grab it by the root, you can pinch your skin by mistake, leaving marks. I don’t use soap on my face unless I see a blackhead, then I use black seed and shea butter soap. Aveeno makes a non-soap facial cleanser and when I want to get the summer grime & shine off my skin, I make a paste out of baking soda and scrub it wherever. Twice a month I use a peel off masque made from grape seed extract. And since I don’t wear makeup, I don’t have to use stuff made to remove makeup. So far so good, must be working I got 40- something men looking sideways at over half a century me!



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      Lazylola wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • I just wax those pesky hairs...



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      Lazylola wrote Sep 10, 2010
    • thanks for the great info



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 11, 2010
    • Great info Yana! I have a few of these concerns and will hold on to your suggestions for the others. I always tried to keep my routine simple but am funding I can’t anymore. I still will take my 46 ye old skin over my teenage skin!



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      Evelyn M. wrote Sep 11, 2010
    • Good morning ladies,
      Thank you Yana for such a great posting, it is my mission in life to help women who have different issues with your skin. Has any of you heard or tried Mary Kay? We have products for each of your problems and I am happy to send you samples if you so wish. Just inbox me. My products are 100% guaranteed by me and the company so why not try them?
      Take it from me a breast cancer survivor who’s skin was very dry, green looking and started to get dark spots and now my skin is flawless. I am now 48 and loving it!

      Stop by my website to check out my products, register and ask for samples i will be happy to send them to you. www.marykay.com/evelynmelendez



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      Yana Berlin wrote Sep 11, 2010
    • @Aviddiva In response to your question:

       ” I would love to get your opinion on this:  do you think that we really do get more skin conditions because of age or because we pay more attention as we get older...or because we don’t take as good care of ourselves because we don’t feel we need to anymore? ”

      I think a lot of it has to do with genetics. Some of us are just luckier than the others.  Of course as we get older we notice things that never bothered us when we were younger. I don’t think that any of us would pay attention to a wrinkle on our face if we got one at 20, but many 40 plus women freak out when they get a new line on their face.

      Sun damages our skin. I don’t care how lucky you are with your genes, or how much you take care of your skin, you bake on the sun and you will suffer the consequences. My best friend baked for ours on the sun, she loved sunbathing, she always took great care of her skin and ate right, drank enough water, but now, at 46 her skin is damaged, and she is devastated.  

      I can only speak for myself, but with age, I find that I tend to my body with much more care and attention then I did when I was younger. Yes, it takes me longer, but it also makes me feel good.

      @bozz I earned each and every wrinkle that I have, and I’m not ashamed to show it, however, if there is something that will make me look better without looking like I had my face rearranged, sign me up. estatic

      I believe that everything we do in life takes work. If you want to have a great relationship, you have to work at it, if you want to have a great body, unless you were blessed with one, you have to work hard for it. If you want to look healthy, and glowing you have to work for too.  

      Eating right, exercising, drinking lots of water, and taking care of your skin, doesn’t guarantee flawless, glowing skin, BUT, it will make you feel better about yourself and when you feel better about yourself, everyone feels better about you.

      That’s my two cents for the day.



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      Glimpse wrote Sep 11, 2010
    • Is what the average American applying to their skin affecting their health?  

      People apply an average of 126 “unique” ingredients on their skin daily. It gets absorbed through the skin or it can also go down the drain to create an impact on wildlife, rivers and streams. Accumulated toxins in people is what is contributing to our increased sensitivities, illnesses, cancers, etc. We have to ask ourselves as we are applying ingredients onto our body that are toxic, what is it doing to our health? The National Cancer Association is reporting yearly that 1:2 men and 1:3 women are reporting some form of cancer.

      Are ingredients banned?  

      In the US we have banned 10 chemicals from personal care products. The European Union has banned 1100 or more chemicals from their personal care products.   The European Union also wants to require chemical companies to test chemicals for health effects before they are put on the market. Our present Administration has been working to stop Europe from passing these protective laws.

      Scientists have found many common cosmetic ingredients in human tissues, including industrialized plasticizers called phthalates in urine, and preservatives called parabens in breast tumor tissue. By the way, phthalates are in most fragrances and are not labeled within a fragrance listing - whether it is a perfume, body lotion, after shave, etc.



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      Jewelrybyirina wrote Sep 11, 2010
    • Great info Yana!  Thank you!
      I can use some more products too:)



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      Valatsea wrote Sep 11, 2010
    • Thanks, Yana!
      This is an important topic, than many of us over 40 have been frustrated about because of all the advertising, TV shows, and dermatology ads.  And why? Because as we face the world, every day, it IS our face that everyone sees first.  So, why not try to make it as healthy (i.e. young) looking as possible (regardless of age)?

      Our skin IS greatly affected by what we do to it, both from the inside and the outside.  All the healthy things Yana mentioned (drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet, protect it from the sun, etc.) with go a long way to better looking skin.  How you take care of it and the products you use every day really can make a difference.

      It has taken my whole life (since I was a teen) to finally find products that work for me!  I don’t want all the fragrances as I have sensitive, acne prone skin and they just make it worse.  I found a new company that has skin healthy products, and is good for the environment.  The product line has different options for your skin type and anti-ageing ones that are on the cutting edge of the skin care technology.

      If I get a chance, I’m going to start a blog about the apple stem cells that are used to prolong the quality of our skin, which reduces those pesky wrinkles and can correct other signs of ageing (without surgery!). Your skin’s stem cells control how your skin ages, so why not Revitalyze your skin the healthy way. The totally unique delivery system is the most fun - a self-heating spa treatment (at home, when YOU have time) that is as simple as pouring warm water yet as gentle and relaxing as natural minerals and sea salts. So HeatYourSkin is my website for more info, but I prefer to chat!
      -Valerie estatic



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      Divafabulosa wrote Sep 14, 2010
    • I get the facial hair and although it is not too bad, I will probably do the painful electrolysis.  

      I don’t get pimples anymore... I almost wish that I did because it means my skin is drying:)



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      Faye43 wrote Sep 18, 2010
    • I use to have peaches and cream skin. Not any more :( I have been using a gentle cleanser to see if that helps. Thank you Yana happy



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      Naturalskincare wrote Oct 18, 2010
    • Hi Yana,
      I just read this aritcle and its absolutely great information. I love it! I just wish that some one had advised on me on looking after my skin from a young age, and i am certainly not going to make that mistake with my girls! The girls and I use Arbonne products that are completely natural and also provide the anti aging properties that we all crave for, without the nasty toxic chemicals! Of course the girls are very young so they use the FC5 range (Fresh Cell Technology)....
      All the best to every one out there..
      Hitesha @ Natural Skin care



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