In this article we’ll see the specific needs of mature skin. As I always LOVE to remind YOU, using skincare products is not enough to counteract physiological changes that occur with age. Taking care of the skin starts with taking care of the body as whole entity.
Mature skin: Definition
When we say “mature skin,” we typically are describing the unique characteristics of skin that has undergone the natural aging process.
Mature skin is typically seen in women between the ages of 50 and 80, but of course, there are exceptions; specifically if you have never taken care of your skin, smoked, abused drugs, and.been exposed a lot to the sun, you might see these changes occur before 50.
This is what happens to the skin when we age:
Mature skin tends to have less elasticity and firmness compared to younger skin. This can result in the appearance of sagging and a loss of overall tightness.
These changes are attributed to various factors, including the progressive reduction in collagen and elastin synthesis, the influence of gravity, and lifestyle choices such as prolonged sun exposure and smoking.
Sarcopenia (the gradual loss of muscle tone ) contributes to sagginess as well.
HOW TO FIX IT
- Incorporate Resistance Training: resistance training exercises not only benefit overall health but also enhance muscular tone and promote the firmness of underlying structures. Engaging in resistance exercises, such as weightlifting or bodyweight training, stimulates muscle hypertrophy and reinforces the supportive framework of the skin. Please use common sense: don’t do anything too streneous for your body but do remember to move. If you spend a lot of time in bed working with a physical therapist might help.
- Supplement collagen through diet or supplements. Foods that are naturally rich in collagen are egg whites, meats, fatty fish like salmon or sardines, bone broth, or gelatin. Because it’s difficult to get enough collagen when you don’t want to eat meat every day, I recommend taking supplements.
- Explore Non-Invasive Procedures: advancements in aesthetic treatments offer non-invasive options to address sagging skin and muscle tone. Procedures like ultrasound therapy, radiofrequency treatments, or laser therapy can stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin, resulting in a firmer and more lifted appearance. Consult with a trusted dermatologist or aesthetic professional to explore suitable options for your specific needs.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Over time, fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent, especially around areas of facial expression like the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the mouth (laugh lines). These lines may deepen and become more noticeable with age.
HOW TO FIX IT
Using products containing retinoids (retinol serum or Retin-A, both clinically proven to work) improves the appearance of wrinkles even when they’re deep.
Topical antioxidants and spf avoid these wrinkles to become even deeper while protecting the skin.
Dryness and Thinning
Mature skin often experiences increased dryness due to a decrease in sebum production. This can lead to a dull or rough complexion. Additionally, the skin may become thinner, making it more susceptible to damage and slower to heal.
HOW TO FIX IT
- Use a rich moisturizer even more than once a day, if necessary. You want to look for a fragrance free moisturizer that also contains ceramides; these are the building blocks of the skin barrier, the structure that helps your skin protect itself.
- If you have extremely dry skin apply a thin layer of vaseline every night before going to sleep.
- Use a hyaluronic acid serum daily.
- Wear SPF every day or even better a CC cream with sun protection like this one. A cc cream has more benefits compared to a regular spf: it also contains anti-aging ingredients and it evens out skin tone covering spots or other imperfections. It ‘s more lightweight compared to a foundation but if the product is good the coverage is comparable. Try it and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
Sun exposure causes pigmentation irregularities, resulting in age spots or patches of uneven skin tone on face, neck and hands.
Dark spots, together with the fact that cells turnover is slower, can contribute to a dull and lackluster
HOW TO FIX IT
Because with age cellular turnover is slower, dark spots tend to be more persistent. They can be treated using brightening ingredients like vitamin c or niacinamide, kojic acid, and arbutin.
Making sure to accelerate cellular turnover using a strong AHA exfoliant and retinol helps a lot but of course none of these will help without sun protection.
Mature skin has its own features that cannot be neglected; while lifestyle and genetics tell a lot about how we are going to age, using skincare products that are specific for mature skin -such as collagen, retinoids, and acids can help maintaining a youthful appearance longer.