Do you not like that word as much as I do? Mature skin? I cannot be considered being part of this group, can I? But yes, I am in this group now and you might be too! It’s not a bad thing, it’s a blessing to be able to get to this point in our life. So, what’s considered mature skin? Let’s dive into it.
When I used to think of the word mature, I associated it with being old. But that’s not correct! With maturity comes wisdom and grace. It is a blessing to be given the ability to age gracefully. Everyone isn’t given the opportunity, and everyone doesn’t do it gracefully either!
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What is Mature Skin?
Mature skin technically isn’t a skin type, but it should be. Lol. The experts describe mature skin as being 40 and over. But honestly, there isn’t a specific age because it all starts with the health of your skin. It’s about half of how you took care of it when you were younger, and the other half is due to the aging process. Which are things out of our control.
As we age our skin can start to look less plump, dull, and dry. Sun damage starts to catch up with us. Those years when we thought we were invincible start to catch up to us.
- Loss of collagen. Our body stops producing as much collagen naturally which results in fine lines and wrinkles.
- The slowdown of sebum production. When women start going through menopause or are post-menopausal their bodies produce less oil naturally. That’s why our hair and skin tend to feel drier than they used to.
- Hyperpigmentation. All those years of not using sunscreen will catch up to us and we start getting “dark spots”.
- Slowdown of skin cell regeneration. With aging, we aren’t regenerating as fast as we used to.
How to Help Your Mature Skin.
Just because the aging process has started doesn’t mean we should just throw in the towel! Seeing your first signs of fine lines and wrinkles? It’s not too late to make changes. Our skin is an amazing organ. It’s pretty forgiving considering all the things that we have done to it over the years.
1. Get Your Beauty Sleep
When we are sleeping that’s when our skin cells regenerate. And since skin cell regeneration slows down with age we need to make sure we are getting a good night’s sleep! This will help your body to maximize your skin’s regeneration process. It will also allow your skincare products to absorb and do what they need to do!
One way to help your skin while sleeping is to switch your pillowcase over to silk/satin. Be sure to wash your pillowcase often to help prevent breakouts.
2. Stay Hydrated
One of the biggest things that happen as we age as women is the loss of oil production. That means our hair and skin get dry. Even if you used to have oily or normal skin most of your life that can change as you mature.
Staying hydrated benefits our entire body! Our body is made up of about 50-70% water. Experts recommend that you drink half your body weight in ounces. I did a blog post on hydration that you might want to read. It goes into a lot more detail. You can read that here.
3. Develop a Good Skincare Routine
As I mentioned earlier, our skin can change as we age so we need to reevaluate our skin every couple of years. The skincare products that you have been using might not be what your skin currently needs.
I always recommend washing both in the morning and the evening. I did a blog post, What is Double Cleansing and What are the Benefits? You can read that here. It goes into detail about the need for double cleansing at night especially if you wear makeup. Removing your makeup at night is important. Not doing so can cause wrinkles, and fine lines, and doesn’t allow for your skin to regenerate like it needs to at night. It has already slowed down because of age, don’t slow it down even more!
Develop an exfoliating routine. If you aren’t doing it already I highly recommend it. Exfoliating helps with unevenness, and dullness, and helps to remove dead skin cells. I switch between two different exfoliating methods currently. I use an exfoliating peel pad a few days per week before going to bed. They contain glycolic acid which helps to even skin tone. You can find them here. The other is Berry Refined Scrub. I use this product in the morning about 2-3 days per week. I love it because it uses cranberry seeds instead of plastic beads for exfoliation. You can find it here.
4. Wear a Daily Sunscreen
I encourage you to wear daily sunscreen to protect your skin from damage from the sun’s rays. We sometimes think just running to and from our car isn’t much but it is. Over 50% of skin cancer is found on the left side of the body, this is the side that is exposed to the sun while we are driving.
A suntan is just skin damage. Protecting it will help to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer.
I hope you feel a little better about having mature skin. Or if you don’t have it yet, help to prepare for it in the future! If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, be sure to because we will be addressing more issues associated with mature skin. Please leave any topics that you would like to hear about in the comments below!
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