The Secret to Looking Great at 50

There's no reason why your skin and smile in your 50s can't be the best you've ever had! Here are five things to keep in mind:

Practice healthy habits
Getting an adequate amount of sleep is a key factor in maintaing healthy, beautiful skin. When aging skin looks tired, it can look even older.

Safeguard skin
Applying SPF every day, even when it's cloudy, will help you preserve a more youthful-looking skin tone and texture. "Using an antioxidant serum with vitamin C under your sunblock can bump up your UV protection," suggests Santa Monica, CA, dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD

Preventive maintenance
The use of injectables and fillers can help turn back the clock and prolong your need for surgical treatments. "A critical factor in keeping a youthful look is facial fat volume, which when lost, can be restored with dermal fillers," says New York plastic surgeon Scott E. Newman, MD. "A skinny, hollow face always looks older."

Promote a radiant glow
Noninvasive treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels can help remove dead skin cells and boost overall luminosity.

Flawless smile
"After age 40, you should begin increasing your visits to the dentist (I suggest once every three months) to help prevent periodontal disease," says Fort Lauderdale, FL, cosmetic dentist Nadja A. Horst, DMD. Involuntary grinding due to stress and other factors is also common among adults and can age your smile. Protect your teeth by wearing a mouth guard while you sleep.