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Yes, we all know that one person who looks like time has stopped. They may be between 30 and 40 years old, but they can easily look like they are 20 years old. They may even be carded. Call it what you will but I venture to suspect that there is someone in your life who has managed to negate the natural effects of aging in one way or another and we would be lying if we said that we are not absolutely fascinated. No matter how old you are, it's next to impossible Not to be curious about how these people managed to see Benajmin Button right in front of our eyes.
One such example is Caroline Labouchere, a gray ambassador and model whose radiant, flawless complexion has kept me dead in my scrolling tracks more than once. Labouchere, who started a modeling career at the age of 54, now regularly shares her outfits, hair care tips and of course skin care treatments with her 225,000 Instagram followers. I don't think I'm alone when I say she defies age – one look at her lining only confirms her glowing, flawless complexion. Of course, I did what any skin care obsessed writer would do: I went straight to the source to find out Labouchere's best skin tips.
Be sure to read up on her top tips and wisdom nuggets she credits for taking care of her good skin.
I know you've heard it over and over, but Labouchere affirms the golden rule of skin care: sun protection. Whether you go for a massive sun hat or go for the sun protection factor (or both), we can't overstate how important it is. "I've been a sun worshiper all my life," Labouchere admitted. "I finally stopped turning my face to the sun last year. Now I wear a hat when I go out and I wear SPF 50."
"Never choose your seats," she said. As obvious as it may sound, as a former skin picker this is easier said than done. Labouchere insists that this is one of the skin care rules she lives by and I know that personally I could have avoided so many dark spots if I had followed her advice sooner. "If you have a whitehead, use two cotton swabs to get rid of it," she advised. To suppress acne, below are some products that you can incorporate into your daily and weekly routines.
I heard once that the main focus of any skin care regimen is keeping your face hydrated, and Labouchere seems to agree with that. She told me she used a good thick moisturizer at night. The Avène Cold Cream is a favorite of hers and will sometimes apply the same during the day if her skin can handle it. "Trapping moisture in your skin makes your skin happy," she noted.
The conversation about skin care over 50 would not be complete without the mention of retinol. After all, dermatologists and skin experts so often refer to this multipurpose ingredient for its antiaging benefits that it feels like the only logical thing to get their hands on. Of course, Labouchere's advice is just one of many, but she says a prescribed retinoid (the umbrella term for retinol and retin-A) will always work better than store-bought retinol.
Since a clinical dermatologist can point you to something that is better tailored to your skin care needs than a trip to your local Sephora, we are inclined to agree. However, if you're looking to get on the retinol train, the publisher-approved products listed below might be a good place to start.
Exfoliating is an essential step in any skin care regimen as it removes dead skin and increases skin cell turnover, which naturally slows down as you age. Don't exfoliate enough and the rest of your serums, oils, and moisturizers may not reach their full potential as dead skin cells may build up. But on the other hand peeling to A lot could release the skin from its natural oil barrier and even cause irritation. Labouchere suggests using one every two weeks and is a fan of the Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub.
No matter how many fancy skin care products and expensive treatments you try, they may not do their job completely if you don't let your skin breathe every now and then. Labouchere said to me, "I don't wear makeup every day. I think it's a good habit to get into. Once you're in a daily makeup rut, it is difficult to get out." Instead, she only wears a CC or BB cream once or twice a week.
Next up: My 62 year old mom credits this cheap face cream for her wrinkle-free complexion