Let’s get one thing straight: you deserve healthy, glowing skin at every age. With so many great skincare options now available on the market, and a range of products to address every possible need, you absolutely can manage the effects of aging simply by properly caring for your skin and incorporating a routine tweak or two. Further, you are never too young to set your skin up for success as it ages. So, stick around as we break down the best skincare for mature skin.
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Main Takeaways: Great skin is not just something to be had in your 20’s. As your skin changes, so should your routine and the products you use.
Good to Know: The ingredients in your products play a critical role in restoring your skin’s texture and tone, and mature skin tends to need specific ones. So, be sure to read your labels.
What Is Mature Skin
Mature skin is also not something acquired by reaching any one particular age, but rather through the skin’s development of certain features. As the term implies, this definitely happens over time, but sun exposure is actually the greatest perpetrator, with UV rays waging war on our skin’s elastin, compromising its ability to snap back, and eventually causing it to sag. Mature skin is also traditionally more delicate and uneven, and not as flexible with a more pronounced appearance of expression lines, and wrinkles.
Caring for Mature Skin
Changes in your skin should bring about changes to your routine. When addressing the needs of mature skin, one should prioritize a couple of things. Providing increased moisture is critical, as many people experience an uptick in dryness as their skin matures. There are a variety of ways to add moisture to the skin beyond just using a moisturizer, and with the careful selection of some high quality, moisture-intensive products, you can make a major difference in your skin’s trajectory. Also be sure to provide your skin with proper UV protection and seek out ingredients notorious for revitalizing more lived-in skin. The list goes on, but some major players include retinols, hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and alpha-hydroxy acid. These ingredients serve a variety of purposes but they all, in one way or another, work to restore and revitalize mature skin.
But when and how does one incorporate these steps and ingredients? Getting a regimen together, especially in the midst of managing some up-and-coming skin changes, can feel overwhelming at best. But don’t stress! When it comes to mapping out a fully comprehensive skincare routine for your mature skin, we’ve got you covered!
The Best Skincare Routine for Mature Skin
As with any skincare regimen, the road to well-loved mature skin starts with proper cleansing. But when addressing the needs of mature skin, the gentler the better and opt a natural formula whenever possible. Our So Clean! is full of mild, naturally derived ingredients and will pamper and protect your mature skin, while balancing natural oils and maintaining hydration. To really get the most out of your cleanse, consider using a cleansing brush. These magic makers offer a number of benefits like their ability to seamlessly slough off dead cells and evenly and deeply distribute your product. But what may be their most exciting feature is their knack for stimulating blood circulation, potentially augmenting your temporary plump factor!
As skin ages, it loses the ability to rapidly and regularly shed dead cells, which can lead to a dull and rough complexion. So, while exfoliating everyday might be too much for your mature skin, sprinkling this step into your routine can dramatically improve its appearance. We recommend doing so no more than 3 times a week and be sure to avoid any products with large, abrasive particles. We love this one, complete with a total soy complex to even both tone and texture, or spring for this more luxurious rice polish, which comes in a variety of formulas so you can tailor your exfoliant to your specific needs.
3. Use a Toner
Gone are the days of smelly, astringent toners whose sole purpose was to remove oil and strip the skin of moisture… or at least they should be. The right toner should gently clarify the skin, prime it for next steps, and hydrate without harsh chemicals or alcohols. There are a ton of anti-aging products on the market, or for some all-natural clarity and hydration, keep it simple with our Rose and Shine rosewater toner.
4. Apply A Serum
This is one step that is full of opportunities for customization. Serums come formulated for an array of objectives (e.g., moisturizing, brightening, anti-aging, etc.). Look for products containing the ingredients we mentioned above, but specifically hyaluronic acid, glycol acid, or vitamin C, like our Nectar of the C serum. This step is also a great time to incorporate the use of retinols or prescription strength retinoids, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of new blood vessels and collagen.
We honestly can’t say it enough. Moisturizing does a number of things for the health and longevity of your skin, but it also indisputably helps to stave off the look of wrinkles and other signs of aging by adding volume and giving your face a plumper, firmer appearance. When choosing a moisturizer for your mature skin, first consider your skin type, then look for ingredients that will nourish and revitalize your complexion (we’re seeing a pattern here; read your ingredients!) Our Crème de la Cream is jam packed with moisture-locking botanicals, including vitamin C & E to give your mature skin (face, neck, and decolletage please!) an even, dewy glow at every age!
6. Use an Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is ultra-sensitive and deserves its own formula to keep it looking its freshest. Fleur & Bee’s Eyes Eyes Baby is the perfect cocktail for your mature skin as it hydrates and illuminates while simultaneously reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.
7. Apply Sunscreen
It’s a total bummer, but sun exposure is likely the culprit for the majority of your skin changes. The daily application of even a lightweight sunscreen can help prevent further wear and tear. We love this water-based broad spectrum SPF for being ingredient-conscious and affordable.
Other Tips for Mature Skin
In addition to curating your daily routine, making careful lifestyle choices can positively impact your skin. Consume a balanced diet, rich with colorful whole foods and be sure to hydrate extensively to protect your skin’s tone and bounce. Get regular facials to augment the efficacy of your carefully selected products and consider using a humidifier to prevent excess dryness. And don’t forget to exercise! Yes; face exercise is actually a thing, with a growing community of face yoga enthusiasts touting its uncompromising ability to tone the muscles underneath your skin, leading to a more youthful appearance.
Managing skin changes can be hard, especially if they challenge the image you have had of yourself for so long. But your age doesn’t define your beauty; it never has. So, go ahead; nail your mature skin routine and swiftly take the groans out of “all grown up.”