Healthy, glowing skin is absolutely attainable at any age. With so many effective skincare options available on the market, and a range of products to address every possible need, you can manage the effects of aging with the proper skincare routine. Keep reading as we break down the best skincare for mature skin.
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Main Takeaways: 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; a regular, consistent routine will yield the best results.
What Is Mature Skin
Mature skin is 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 the greatest perpetrator. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun regularly wage war on our skin’s elastin, compromising its ability to snap back, and eventually causing it to sag.
As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in our skin; this is one major reason why 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. To begin, 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 a face cream. Your toner and serum can increase hydration and moisture levels in your skin. In addition, protecting your skin against sun damage should be at the forefront of your list.
Seek out ingredients that will best treat mature skin. Some major players include: retinol, 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 work to restore and revitalize mature skin.
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
Always begin with a facial cleanser– the gentler the better. Our So Clean! facial cleanser is full of mild, botanically-derived ingredients that will purify and protect your mature skin, while balancing natural oils and maintaining hydration.
2. Use a Toner
The right toner should prepare your skin for the next steps and hydrate without harsh chemicals or alcohols. While there is a wide array of toners on the market that include great anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin C or lactic acid, we like to keep it simple with our Rose and Shine rosewater toner, which will hydrate and refresh your skin after cleansing.
3. Apply A Serum
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 or vitamin C, like our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum to brighten and hydrate your skin.
This step is also a great time to incorporate the use of a retinol serum such as ‘A’ Game. Retinol can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen and encouraging cell turnover. Note that when using vitamin C and retinol together, they should never be applied to the skin at the same time. Use one in the morning and the other in the evening.
4. Use an Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, and it deserves its own formula to keep it looking its freshest. Fleur & Bee’s Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream 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.
Moisturizing helps to stave off the look of wrinkles and other signs of aging by adding volume and giving your face a plumper, firmer appearance. Our H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer is rich in botanicals and antioxidants to give your mature skin an even, dewy glow at every age.
This is also an ideal step to include a retinol product. Youth Fairy retinol moisturizer is the perfect beginner’s retinol moisturizer, as it is supported by nourishing botanicals that will deeply moisturize while effectively working to smooth your skin. In fact, in a consumer study of 31 individuals, 87% of testers said that they saw improvements in the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles after using Youth Fairy for 6 weeks.
6. 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.
Don’t forget to exfoliate
As skin ages, it loses the ability to rapidly and regularly shed dead cells, which can lead to a dull and rough complexion. We recommend using a gentle chemical exfoliant, such as a liquid exfoliant with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) to help slough off dead surface cells and reveal smoother skin. This can be done 1-3 times a week, depending on what product you are using.
Note that if you are using a retinol, you may not need to exfoliate as often; it is best to alternate days you might be using any exfoliant and retinol, as you could cause irritation when using both at the same time.
Other Tips for Mature Skin
Making careful lifestyle choices can positively impact your skin. Consume a balanced diet, rich with colorful whole foods, and be sure to hydrate properly to protect your skin’s tone and health.
Regular facials with a skincare professional will augment the efficacy of your carefully selected products. Also 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.
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