Mature Skin has special requirements to maintain the look of glowing vitality. As we age, we produce less collagen and elastin, two proteins which are responsible for giving skin the “plump” look, and the ability to “snap-back” (like elastic). Our skin also appears to become more transparent as we age, revealing spots and a sallow look; this is a result of the epidermis (top layer of skin) actually thinning. Environmental factors also create aging skin, with the number one factor being sun damage.
So, between the environment and Father Time, what is the number one skincare item to save our sallow, sagging skin?
I’m going to break the rules here and tell you what even the best skincare can’t do: It cannot turn back the clock. Yes, yes, seems obvious, right? Yet, we spend thousands of dollars a year trying to do exactly that.
There is good news. While we can’t change our past, we can change our future by first changing our present. (<–This golden nugget applies to all factors of life.)
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- Start using sunscreen NOW. With a thinning epidermis, mature skin is far more susceptible to even further sun damage. Even minutes of a high-UV index can start to take its toll and damage skin. Our favorite recommendation for sunscreen is Neutrogena 45 Broad-Spectrum.
- Drink plenty of water. This is classic advice and just makes for overall greater health, anyway. But drinking more water helps skin to appear rejuvenated and plump.
- Exfoliate. Exfoliation helps to wash away dead skin cells for the more youthful cells to appear. The brushing affect also helps drive blood to the skins surface, making it appear rosy and young, and aiding in circulation. For the best exfoliation in town, you must try Face the Day.
- Wash with a gentle cleanser. Mature skin doesn’t have the same elasticity it used to, so the harsh rubbing and pulling of a regular face wash may be counter-intuitive. Ideally, wash your face with a natural soap made with essential oils, or a cleanser free of surfactants, detergents, and sulfates.
- Use oils to remove make-up. Washing your face further to try and remove your make-up can be irritating for mature skin, and many make-up removers contain alcohol which is incredibly drying for all skin types. It’s best to use oil-based products that are gentle and soothing, such as the Rest Easy Spray.
- Use serums with oils rich in anti-oxidants. To help revitalize the appearance of mature skin, oils rich in anti-oxidants, such as argan oil and rosehip seed oil, can aid in the protection against free radical damage. Another excellent oil is jojoba, which is actually a wax ester, and most closely resembles natural human sebum, giving the skin extra nourishment. Our luxury facial serum, Evanescence, includes all of these oils for this exact reason. It promotes beauty and youthful appearance in all skin types.
- Use satin pillowcases. How you sleep can actually affect how your skin appears. Pillowcases made of rougher materials, such as cotton (less than 500 thread), can pull on the skin while you sleep, and since mature skin doesn’t have the same elasticity, it will not rebound as it once did. Satin or high-end luxury cotton pillowcases are less likely to pull (plus, they feel like you’re sleeping in a five-star hotel).
As always, the key to vibrant skin at any age starts with balanced nutrition, exercise, and reduced stress. A simple daily walk in nature can both increase your cardiovascular health and boost your happiness, which always makes everyone look beautiful.