As we age, it’s natural to feel disheartened by the changes we see in our bodies, hair, and skin. However, understanding why these changes occur and how we can support ourselves can make all the difference. To begin with, let’s consider what mature skin needs most.
There are days when I find aging to be challenging, but I acknowledge that it’s a blessing not everyone gets to experience. I like to adopt the mindset of “aging gratefully”. If you’re unsure whether you have mature skin, our article “What’s Considered Mature Skin” is an excellent resource to begin with.
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Signs of Mature Skin & the Need to Start an Anti-Aging Routine
Does your head start spinning, and your eyes go blank when we start to talk about new skincare routines? A lot of people get overwhelmed and end up not doing anything. I totally get it.
Do you feel like you don’t know where to start? Start small and with a simple routine. When we do too much at one time, we get overwhelmed and don’t end up following through most of the time.
Most common signs of mature skin:
- Wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eyes.
- Dark spots (Hyperpigmentation)
- Skin feeling drier.
- Creepy skin, mostly on your neck and upper chest area.
1. Vitamin C Serum
As we age, our skin experiences a decrease in Vitamin C levels, often caused by exposure to UV light and pollutants.
Benefits of using a Vitamin C Serum:
- Promotes collagen production.
- Helps support and promote a smooth, even, glowing complexion.
- Brightens skin.
- Helps reduce hyperpigmentation.
- Hydrates the skin.
- Helps to reduce redness and evens out the skin tone.
When & how should you use Vitamin C Serum: Always read the product directions because they can vary. Typically, most are used in the AM prior to applying moisturizer.
2. Retinol Serum
As we have previously discussed, aging can cause a decline in the regeneration of skin cells. Retinol can be beneficial in stimulating this process, as it helps to accelerate skin cell turnover.
Benefits of using a Retinol Serum:
- Helps turnover surface skin cells.
- Stimulates the production of collagen.
- Improves skin tone and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- Helps even out hyperpigmentation and texture of the skin.
When & how you should use Retinol Serum: Always read the product directions because they can vary. Typically, you will apply retinol in the PM prior to applying your nighttime moisturizer.
3. Daily Sunscreen
Did you know that getting a suntan actually means your skin is getting damaged? To protect your skin, experts suggest using SPF 30+ for daily use. Even if you only use an SPF of 15, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer by almost 40%!
Benefits of wearing daily sunscreen:
- Helps to prevent skin cancer.
- Helps to prevent premature aging caused by the sun. Things like fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
When & how you should use daily sunscreen: Always read the product directions because they can vary. Most sunscreens are applied as the last step in your morning routine. Be sure to let your moisturizer dry before applying; if not, you may see some flaking of the lotion.
4. Hydration & Moisture
One of the things that happens to our skin as we age is that we stop producing as much natural oils as we did when we were younger. Our body either stops producing Estrogen or slows down production, which also contributes to drier skin. If you missed our post, “The Connection Between Mature Dry Skin,” you should check it out.
It’s important that we replenish the lack of hydration and moisture that our skin is missing. But how?
- Have a good skincare routine with products made for your skin type to replenish lost moisture.
- Hydrate by drinking enough water daily.
- Turn down the water temperature because hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils.
5. Gentle Cleanser
Knowing your skin type is crucial, as it can evolve over time. For instance, your skin may have been oily when you were younger or in your 30s, but as you age into your 50s or 60s, it may become more sensitive and drier.
Understanding your skin type is crucial in selecting the right skincare products that cater to your skin’s unique needs. As we age, our skin becomes more delicate, and it is vital to handle it with care, particularly around the eye area, which is the most sensitive.
When & how to use your gentle cleanser: Always read the product directions because they can vary. Experts recommend washing your face twice a day, once in the AM and once before bed. If you are a makeup wearer, you will want to do a double cleanse in the evening. The first cleanse is to remove your makeup, and the second is to cleanse the rest of the oil and dirt from the day.
I completely get it if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed when it comes to taking care of your maturing skin. Trust me; I’ve been there too! But don’t worry; we can make things easier by taking it one step at a time. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so feel free to share them below.