Mid-Life Changes & Your Skin


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

If you’re confused about how to care for the changes happening to your skin we can help shed some light on the subject. Let us help ease the 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 will experience mid-life changes the same way, so there is no universal set of products you can turn to. More to the point, the perpetual myth that mid-life changes = dry skin is not true for everyone. Women can have oily skin and bumps well into their 50’s, 60’s and beyond (just ask our founder Paula Begoun—she can wax poetic about it).

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

If you notice your skin has become oilier or prone to bumps and clogged pores you will need to lighten your skincare load. Instead of using creamy emollient products you’re going to want to change to light sheer lotions, gels, or serums and stay away from the thick stuff (except around the eyes of course, which tend to just get drier).

If your skin does become drier than you will want to consider more emollient products but don’t take that to mean greasy or heavy which can just make 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 radiating a luminous glow.

If your skin has become normal to oily we think you will love our RESIST Essential Kit for Normal to Oily Skin. Each step gives your skin exactly what it needs to look younger now and in for the long term. Aside from this kit’s anti-aging benefits, it also diminishes/unclogs enlarged pores, tempers oily shine, and intensely hydrates skin with weightless but skin drenching 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, more even skin tone, and transforming anti-aging results. 
Next, consider targeted solutions to help improve the appearance of more specific skin concerns you want to address, which may include.

Targeted Solutions for Mid-Life Changes

If you’re noticing uneven skin tone as your skin changes…
Opt for a multi-tasking formula like our RESIST Pure Radiance Skin Brightener, which refines skin tone for a radiant, youthful appearance and diminishes the appearance of the signs of aging.

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 below. Our SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is an excellent option to try.

If breakouts all of a sudden start appearing…
Consider our CLEAR collection of products, designed to alleviate breakouts, clogged pores, and blackheads, regardless of 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 that immediately boosts moisture in your skin. Apply it before your serum and moisturizer. You can also mix a couple of drops into your moisturizer and apply it that way.

For overall younger-looking skin...
Consider the anti-aging superstar retinol to help improve the appearance of wrinkles and other significant signs of aging. Try our customer and staffer favorite, RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum.

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.

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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