Mid-Life Changes & Your Skin


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As many women can attest, mid-life changes can bring on unwanted changes, to your body as well as to your skin. Your skin may appear thinner and look less firm, and your skin type might seem to change overnight (including the onset of oily skin, redness, and bumps).

If you’re unsure about how to address these changes to your skin, we can help ease your frustration with tips that will cool your senses and help your skin bounce back beautifully.

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How to Adjust Your Skincare Routine

No two women experience mid-life changes exactly the same way, so there’s no universal set of products that are good for everyone. For example, the perpetual myth that mid-life changes = dry (often labeled "mature") skin is not true for everyone. Women can have oily skin with enlarged pores and bumps well into their 50s, 60s, and beyond. (Just ask our founder Paula Begoun, who can wax poetic about that issue as she goes through her sixth decade!)

That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to your skin’s specific needs, as opposed to buying products based on your age, which is what some salespeople may try to convince you to do.

If you notice that your skin has become more oily or more prone to bumps and clogged pores, you need to lighten your skincare load. Instead of using creamy emollient products, try using light sheer lotions, gels, or serums and stay away from the thick stuff (except around the eyes, of course, where the skin tends to be more dry). Layering such products over areas that might need more moisture can be the balance your skin needs to become and remain bump-free but not dried out.

If, on the other hand, your skin has become dry, consider more emollient products, but don’t take that to mean greasy or heavy, because that might make the skin tone look uneven and dull, more wrinkled, and appear to have a noticeable loss of firmness. Products enriched with skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients and non-fragrant, fast-absorbing plant oils will bring a youthful energy to your skin, helping it regain a radiant, luminous glow.

If your skin has become normal to oily, check out our RESIST Essential Kit for Normal to Oily Skin. Each step gives your skin exactly what it needs to look younger now and over the long term. Aside from this kit’s anti-aging benefits, it also diminishes the appearance of enlarged pores, tempers oily shine, and intensely hydrates skin with weightless but still-hydrating moisture.

If your skin has become drier, our RESIST Anti-Aging Essential Kit for Normal to Dry Skin has exceptional directed solutions for superior hydration, increased suppleness, a more even skin tone, and transforming anti-aging results.

Next, consider targeted solutions to help improve the appearance of more specific skin concerns, which may include those described below.

Targeted Solutions for Mid-Life Changes

If you’re noticing uneven skin tone as your skin changes…
Opt for a multitasking formula like our RESIST Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment, which refines skin tone for a radiant, youthful appearance and diminishes the look of signs of aging, including fine lines.

If skin appears dull and has less vitality…
Remove built-up, dull layers of dead skin with a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant to reveal the supple, smooth skin hiding beneath. Our SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is an excellent option.

If breakouts all of a sudden start appearing…
Consider our CLEAR collection of products, designed to alleviate breakouts, clogged pores, and blackheads, regardless of your age.

If you’re experiencing fluctuating dryness...
Keep our RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster in your beauty cabinet. This hydration-enhancing blend of non-fragrant, antioxidant-enriched plant oils immediately boosts moisture in your skin. Apply it before your serum and your moisturizer, or mix with either one and then apply.

For overall younger-looking skin...
Consider the anti-aging superstar retinol to improve the appearance of wrinkles, loss of firmness, and other significant signs of aging. Try our customer and staffer favorite, RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum. If you’re no stranger to retinol and want something more potent to amplify results you’ll see in the mirror, consider our CLINICAL 1% Retionl Treatment, which is packed with retinol plus other proven anti-aging ingredients ideal for skin enduring mid-life changes.

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice.

References for this information:

Advances in Wound Care, February 2013, pages 5-10
Journal of Women’s Health, February 2012, pages 223-230
Clinical Interventions in Aging, December 2006, pages 327-248
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Volume 4, 2003, pages 371-378

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!

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