Mature skin is inevitable—time will eventually leave its mark. Simply put, mature skin reveals deep wrinkles and lack of firmness, often appearing visibly dehydrated. This occurs when the body’s production of estrogen, collagen, and elastic begin to decline. Society has done a great job in making us fear the aging process when in reality, it’s something to embrace!
It’s usually assumed that mature skin occurs in people over the age of 40. But ultimately, how quickly you’ll reach mature skin all depends on genes, lifestyle, and skin care. Loving on your skin the way you do with your body, your hair, your nails and more all contribute to its overall health.
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What does the process of aging skin look like?
Don’t freak out when we tell you that the skin’s aging process begins rather early, around the age of 25. During this time, the natural production of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin decrease. All of these are things that help keep our skin’s elasticity (think stretchiness), firmness, and an overall youthful appearance. The process of collagen fibers breaking down causes the slow formation of wrinkles. The skin loses its elasticity in these places, and its surface begins to form what’s called “depressions”, which become more visible with age. No direct correlation to how wrinkles can make you feel!
Mature skin often appears dry and dehydrated, since it loses the ability to hold onto water. Without as much water, something called our “fat bed” becomes thinner, causing the skin to sag. For women over the age of 45, the amount of female hormones produced begins to drop rapidly, which is directly related to entering menopause. The skin becomes paler and pigmentation changes may appear on its surface. Metabolism also slows with age, so the skin gets less nutrients.
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Here are common signs of aging skin:
- Increased roughness
- Warts and hemangiomas
- Skin discoloration
- Irregular face shape
- Drooping skin along the jawline, under the eyes, on the corners of the mouth, and eyelids
- Dry skin
- Yellowish skin
- Greater visibility of blood vessels under the skin’s surface
What factors contribute to mature skin?
The rate at which the skin ages largely depends on our genes, which unfortunately, we have no influence on. Not all skin types age at the same rate. This process occurs most quickly in the case of sensitive, dry, and allergic skin. These skin types are usually thinner and delicate, and tend to lose water quickly. However, there are a number of other factors that affect the condition of the skin and contribute to faster aging—which we can be proactive with to maintain a youthful appearance.
These factors include cigarette smoke, powerful UV rays, alcohol consumption, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, or stress. Skin aging occurs faster if we care for it poorly. Not paying attention to the products you use when washing your face, sleeping in your makeup, and more neglect can affect the way our skin looks.
As is with most health benefits, hydration is at the core. An insufficient amount of water promotes aging. That’s why it’s important to hydrate the body both from the inside and the outside. By drinking enough water and using the right bathroom products, you can help combat mature-looking skin.
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Choosing the right face cream for your mature skin care routine
Face cream for mature skin is an essential cosmetic that should be used regularly as soon as you discover the first signs of aging on the skin. These types of products provide the face with adequate hydration, firming, and help smooth out wrinkles. Additionally, they help maintain a healthy look and most have SPF, which further protects the skin from solar radiation.
Skin in general can be needy, but especially mature skin. The cosmetics you choose should fit your skin’s requirements. Hence, the face cream (and other face products) you choose should contain the following ingredients:
- Hyaluronic acid: This provides the skin with an appropriate level of hydration and helps maintain the skin’s water-lipid balance. It tones, firms, and smooths the epidermis, as a result, minimizing existing wrinkles and preventing new ones from appearing too quickly.
- Retinol: Retinol is a type of vitamin A that stimulates the skin’s cells to become more active. Thanks to this, the process of collagen and elastin production is accelerated. Retinol also supports the regeneration of the epidermis, evening out its color and lightening discoloration.
- Coenzyme Q10: This particular ingredient perfectly nourishes the skin, improving its regeneration process and delaying wrinkle formation.
- Vitamin C: A great product for most skin types, vitamin C lightens discoloration and hyperpigmented spots. It also stimulates collagen production, brightening the skin and slowing down cell oxidation.
- Plant-based oils: Oils derived from plants tend to aid cell regeneration, nourish, and moisturize the skin, as well as help maintain its elasticity and firmness. Castor, flaxseed, and coconut oils work especially well.
- Phytohormones: These are hormones of plant origin that can contribute to the reconstruction of changes that have taken place as a result of hormonal imbalances (which are common with mature skin).
- AHA acids: These acids are substances that support the process of exfoliation and at the same time, smooth wrinkles.
Mature Skin Care
Mature skin is delicate, and therefore, should be given the appropriate care using the proper products and treatment types that’ll help slow down aging. Here are some tips to keep mature skin in good condition.
This should be a no-brainer! Washing your face at least twice a day is crucial for any type of skin, but especially aging skin as residue and debris accumulate within the wrinkles.
Mature skin tends to appear and feel rougher faster, so it’s also important to regularly exfoliate it. Exfoliation will help smooth your skin and improve blood supply to the skin, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. Scrubbing activates skin cells for intensive regeneration and improves blood and lymph circulation.
Nourish & Hydrate
Mature skin care requires both intensive nourishment and regular hydration. So double-action products with tons of active ingredients will work best here. These products are often not only made for the face, but also the neck and chest areas—since these parts of the body follow a similar aging schedule as the face. When caring for the face, don’t forget about the areas surrounding the eyes. The skin there is delicate and thin, requiring the use of special eye products that’ll strengthen the extra thin skin surrounding them.
A large portion of mature skin care relates to the sun. Do your best to shield it from UV rays. The sun’s rays strongly dry out the skin, contributing to faster loss of moisture and skin elasticity. In addition, they cause discoloration and pigmentation changes. So before going out into the sun, don’t forget that SPF!
Massage it out
Face massages have a great effect on the skin’s elasticity. During a face massage, blood circulation is stimulated, which oxygenates the skin better. That way, any valuable nutrients found in your skincare products will penetrate deep into your skin.
Leading a healthy lifestyle can make a huge difference. By incorporating physical exercise and healthy eating into your daily routine, you’ll have a greater impact on your skin’s elasticity, firmness, and proper oxygenation.
Proper mature skin care is a must when it comes to maintaining a healthy appearance for longer. In addition to at-home care, it’s worth supporting your skin with rejuvenating treatments at the salon from time to time. Lifting, peel treatments, or mesotherapy can be helpful in smoothing the skin and activating the cells regeneration process—which you can schedule on Booksy!