The Best Skin Care Products for Women Over 50

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What is the Best Skin Care for Dry Skin?

In my experience, finding the best skin care for dry skin and especially skin care products for women over 50 and beyond is not always easy, so I’m glad that friends introduced me to Mary Kay when I was in my 20s. Because my face has always been very dry, I found out that the best way to care for my skin was not using soap to avoid drying it. I will share how to keep your skin looking young even though it has a tendency to be dry. Moist and hydrated skin is the number one way to delay wrinkles so you will look younger at any age, even in your 50s and 60s, and beyond.

Since I do have dry skin on my face, my daily skin care regimen begins with a gentle cleansing. It has decreased the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to a remarkable degree. I’ve been told more than once because of my healthy skin that I look 10 or more years younger than I am. I will share with you the best anti-aging skin care for women, based on my personal experience.




IMPORTANT NOTE! This article is based upon my personal preferences for products that I use or have used. I am not a Mary Kay representative or a representative for any of the skin care products listed. I write about Mary Kay products because I have used the products, and they work well for me. The reader may have his or her own preferred products based on personal skin care requirements. Please do not use any of the recommended products if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients.


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Best Skin Care for Dry Skin: Daily Routine

The following is a step by step routine to use in caring for your skin each day.

Before you begin, have the following items ready:

  • A headband or barrettes to keep hair off your face.
  • A clean washcloth.
  • A sink or basin with access to hot tap water.
  • Wash your hands.


Step 1: Cleansing

 Mary Kay Gentle Cleansing Cream ~4 Oz Tube Mary Kay Timewise 3 in 1 Cleanser Normal/Dry Skin – 4.5 oz. Mary Kay Botanical Effects Formula 1 ~ Cleanse ~ Dry and Sensitive Skin

Please note that classic Formula 1 Gentle Cleansing Cream is discontinued and becoming harder to find. I recommend this product first because it is my favorite formulation and have used it for years. I found the best price on Ebay for this item. You may prefer a different product based on price and availability. 

First thing in the morning, I use a gentle cleanser. Formula 1 Gentle Cleansing Cream is the best I have found. However, since Formula 1 Gentle Cleansing Cream is becoming very expensive to buy, another option is TimeWise Anti-Aging Cleanser 3-in-1 or Mary Kay Botanical Effects Hydrate Formula 1 for dry skin.

I apply the cleansing cream to my face and throat, being careful to apply light pressure and upward strokes to avoid pulling on facial skin, especially around the eyes. I then wash it off with a clean washcloth that has been soaked with warm tap water and squeezed dry. Again, I use gentle upward strokes to avoid pulling on fragile skin.


Step 2: Freshening

 Mary Kay Formula 1 Hydrating Freshener Mary Kay Botanical Effects Freshen 1 ~ Dry & Sensitive Skin

Please note that classic Formula 1 Hydrating Freshener is discontinued and is becoming harder to find. I recommend this because it is my favorite formulation and have used it for years. You may prefer a different product based on price and availability.  

A hydrating freshener tightens, tones, and refreshes dry thirsty skin. Formula 1 Hydrating Freshener is great for removing all traces of makeup and grime that you may have missed in Step 1. Since Formula 1 Hydrating Freshener is becoming hard to find and is quite expensive, I now use Mary Kay Botanical Effects Freshen for dry and sensitive skin instead. Use a cotton ball lightly moistened with freshener and always use gentle upward strokes as you wipe off any excess cleanser. Pat gently and use care not to pull on the fragile skin around the eyes. (Some formulas are available with a spray mist.)



 Lacura Anti-Wrinkle Face Day Cream with Bioflavonoid and Coenzyme Q10

Is There a Good Alternative to Mary Kay Enriched Moisture Formula 1?


When on vacation, I had to search all over for a substitute for Mary Kay Moisturizing Cream. It’s not available anywhere anymore! And so I found Lacura Brand Anti-Wrinkle Face Day Cream with Bioflavonoid and Coenzyme Q10 in a local store at a very reasonable price. This product is not in stores in my area, so I order it on Ebay. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and moist all day long!







Step 3: Moisturizing

 Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Cream (Dry Skin) 1.8 Oz Mary Kay TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer, Normal/Dry Skin (3 fl. oz.) Mary Kay Botanical Effects Hydrate Formula 1 (Dry Skin)

Please note that classic Enriched Moisturizer Formula 1, which is my favorite formulation is no longer available on Amazon. I have presented some comparable products that are still available. 

Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Cream (Dry Skin) 1.8 Oz (bottle is small)

Mary Kay TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer, Normal/Dry Skin or

Mary Kay Botanical Effects 2 for Normal / Sensitive Skin ~ Hydrate


Finally, I top off my dry skin care regimen with a good moisturizer to keep my skin moist all day. The method of applying any cream to your face is to use gentle upward, very light strokes, especially around your eyes. The skin around the eyes is very fragile so it’s important not to pull the skin when you apply moisturizer. The trick in applying moisturizer to the very fragile eye area is to use the tip of your ring finger. Use an outward stroke above the eye and an inward stroke (toward the bridge of your nose) under the eye. In this way, you will make a complete circle around your eye area as you apply moisturizer, and you won’t pull on fragile eye skin.



Step 4: Night Cream

 Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream 2.1 ounce Mary Kay Timewise Repair Volu-firm Night Treatment with Retinol 1.7 Oz.

Please note that classic Extra Emollient Night Cream may have been discontinued and is becoming harder to find. I recommend this because it is my favorite formulation and have used it for years. You may prefer a different product based on price and availability. 

If you have extremely dry skin like I do, you will want to moisturize at bedtime, too. The best product that I have found is Extra Emollient Night Cream. This formula helps when your skin is extremely dehydrated. Since the consistency can be quite thick, especially in cold weather, I have found that, if you wet your fingers with warm water it makes application easier. If I’m using this formula at night before bed, I like to keep my hair off my face with a headband. Again, always use gentle pressure to avoid stretching your facial skin. Sometimes, I even use the extra emollient night cream as a daytime moisturizer, allow it to soak into my skin, and then remove it gently with a warm washcloth.


Remember to protect the skin on your neck!
The skin on your neck and throat is just as important as the skin on your face. During your skin care regimen, remember to apply cleanser, freshener, moisturizer AND sunscreen to the neck, throat, and even your decolletage regions, which are particularly susceptible to sun damage.


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Step 5: Sun Protection

Prevent sun damage to your skin! This is a major component to keep your skin looking young.  There are many sunscreens on the market but I prefer one with a high SPF (sun protection factor), of 70 or more. I have had the bad experience of an allergic breakout when I mix sunscreen and my other facial products, particularly those with the little granules in them. Luckily, I have found a product that doesn’t cause a bad reaction for me, Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 110. This is thicker and offers a lot of protection if you are going to be out in the sunlight for an extended period. (Remember to reapply if you sweat a lot or go into the water.)

Another favorite sunscreen that is light and sheer and good for daily use, even under makeup, is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70.

I often have to be reminded to put on my sunscreen, but these products are easy to use and easy to apply and help prevent wrinkles and dark spots in the long run, so it’s really worthwhile to remember.



New Botanical Effects Skin Care for Dry Skin

Mary Kay’s Botanical Effects skin care products are my new favorite whenever I have a hard time finding Mary Kay classic formula because they are light, not greasy, and sourced from natural botanicals.

Since my article is directed at women who have dry skin like me, I have not yet mentioned other skin types. However, there is a range of products made by Mary Kay for various needs: Formula 1 is for dry skin. For mixed dry/oily skin, search for Formula 2, and for oily skin, use Formula 3 to find what will work best for your particular skin type and skin care regimen.

 Mary Kay Botanical Effects Formula 1 ~ Cleanse ~ Dry and Sensitive SkinBuy Now Mary Kay Botanical Effects ~ Formula 1 Freshener ~ Dry SkinBuy Now Mary Kay Botanical Effects 1 for Dry / Sensitive Skin ~ MaskBuy Now

To have the best skin care for dry skin, especially skin care for older women like me, I’ve found that these products work well to help maintain healthy young skin to keep you looking younger at any age.

Best Wishes,






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Why It’s Important to Get Enough Sleep

 Counting Sheep – Poster

Having Trouble Sleeping or Just Having Trouble Sleeping Through the Night?

For your skin, it’s important to get enough sleep

If you are having trouble sleeping, you already know it’s important to get enough sleep. What you may not realize is how having trouble sleeping relates to healthy and youthful skin. If you don’t get good restful sleep, your skin will show it. You probably often feel you never get enough sleep, because you’re working, taking care of the kids, doing housework and paying bills, even staying up late to watch TV or be on the computer. One thing that happens when you don’t get enough sleep is it takes its toll on your appearance, and you look tired and drained all day. It really is important to get enough sleep if you want youthful and healthy skin.

IMPORTANT NOTE! This article is based upon my personal preferences for products that I use or have used. Please consult your health provider before using any of the featured supplements.

Below are some natural supplements for sleep and other techniques I have found helpful to obtain a good, deep and restful sleep.

Natural Sleep Aids: Melatonin

A natural sleeping aid, melatonin decreases in production as we age, so often older people will have problems sleeping. I’ve found that melatonin is the answer to my difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. You may find that natural products may take a little time to start working, so don’t be surprised if you don’t notice the effects right away. A natural sleep aid, melatonin is inexpensive and effective and can help you get a good night of sleep naturally.

What are the Side Effects Taking Melatonin?

Because it’s a natural supplement, there is no worry about feeling “drugged” or becoming dependent on melatonin—it’s non habit-forming and takes effect quickly. Melatonin is a safe alternative to prescription sleep medications. It might take a little while for it to work on you but after a week or so of regular use, it puts me to sleep quickly and I feel like I got a good night’s sleep the next morning. Some people notice a little puffiness in the face upon awakening after taking melatonin, but it resolves quickly and is not noticeable. I don’t know what percentage of people dream in color, but the only side effect for me is that I have the most vivid and colorful dreams, and I wake up feeling so rested! That never used to happen before taking melatonin.

Because having problems sleeping at night will show in your complexion, once you start sleeping better with the help of melatonin, your skin will look more healthy and glowing because your body is well rested for a change.


 Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve Strawberry Tablets  Fast Acting and Non-Habit Forming Sleep Aid! Nature Made Melatonin Tablets, Value Size


Many people swear by l-trytophan to help them sleep. Of course, you can get this essential amino acid from protein, such as eating a turkey sandwich or drinking a glass of milk before bed. For some of us, that’s just not practical. If you have trouble getting to sleep or not getting a restful sleep, there are natural supplements available that can help. These l-tryptophan sleep aids are one of the best ways to get to sleep using a natural supplement instead of relying on prescription medications.

 Source Naturals L-Tryptophan 500mg, Enhances healthy mood, sleep, & stress reduction, 120 Tablets Jarrow Formulas L-Tryptophan, For Relaxation, Positive Mood & Sleep, 500 mg, 60 Veggie Caps Life Extension Optimized Tryptohan Plus Vegetarian Capsules, 90 Count

Deep Breathing Exercises for Anxiety

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Rodney Yee’s DVD: Relaxation & Breathing for Meditation available here


Sometimes, you can’t sleep because of anxiety. You just can’t quiet your mind down enough; you can’t figure out how to get to sleep with your mind working overtime, trying to solve the day’s problems. There is a technique that I learned in yoga class; I use it when my mind doesn’t want to turn off, or when I wake in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. While you are lying comfortably in bed, slowly draw in your breath just as you would normally do. This time though, focus on how your chest feels, how your abdomen feels, as you pull the breath down inside. Keep visualizing, pulling your breath down to your pelvic area and then visualize it evaporating and moving down and out of your body. Deep breathing is a great tension-reliever for any time you are feeling restless or stressed.

 Deep Breathing Exercises For Anxiety: Discover How To Reduce Anxiety With These 6 Simple Breathing Exercises Keep Calm and Breathe: 10 Deep Breathing Techniques to Bring Awareness, Relieve Stress, Reduce Anxiety, and Change Your Life Forever! Breathing Meditation: Guided Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Management, Anxiety Relief, Deep Relaxation and Inner Peace

Another method of how to get a deep sleep is relaxation tapes for sleep or music to make you sleep.

 Zen Garden (Music for Deep Sleep, Meditation, Spa, Healing, Relaxation) Nature Sounds with Music: for Deep Sleep, Meditation, & Relaxation, Music for Healing Music with Ocean Waves & Forest Sounds Rain Sounds in High Quality for Deep Sleep, Relaxation, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, Sound Therapy, Massage or as Baby Sleep Music

There are even Adult Coloring Books to help you relax enough to fall asleep.


 Turn Off the Lights!

Blackout Curtains for Bedrooms

To block out ambient light and help me get enough sleep, I love my blackout curtains, especially since I live in the city. You can find easy to install pleated blackout shades here.

A Tip for Better Sleep

Studies have shown that quality sleep and the body’s natural production of melatonin is only possible to obtain when it is pitch-dark. Turn off the lights when you sleep, buy blackout curtains if necessary to block outside light, and, by all means, quit looking at the TV, computer, or smart phone for at least two hours before you plan to sleep. All of these devices emit a “blue light” which fools the brain into thinking it’s still daytime—it’s no wonder you can’t sleep if it seems too bright.

The following are some more recommendations to help you get enough sleep.

 Sunfree Light Filtering Pleated Fabric Shade Black,Quick Fix and Easy to Install, 48 AmazonBasics Room Darkening Blackout Curtain Set with Tie Backs – 52 x 63 Inches, Beige (2 Panels) Original Light Filtering Pleated Paper Shade White, 48

More Sleep Tips for Insomniacs

I like the room to be quiet when I sleep, but there are many ways to help insomniacs sleep and one of those is background sound, or “white noise.” This may be relaxing music or even the sound of machinery running in the background. It’s an individual choice, and some people enjoy the sound of a fan motor or the rushing of wind. Several types of machines have been developed to mimic these sounds, one of the most popular of which is the Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner which creates the sound of “white noise” providing the soothing sensation of moving air, and blocking unpleasant noises which may disturb your sleep.

 Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner, White Noise Machine- 2 Pack


Best Selling White Noise Machines for Sleeping


These are just a few of the methods you can try to help you get a restful sleep. By getting enough sleep on  a regular basis, you will soon notice your skin beginning to look healthy and young again.

Best Wishes,

best skin care for women over 50