Have you been using the same cosmetics for years? It’s time to introduce some changes into your skin care routine. Mature skin has different needs than the skin of younger women, although each of us ages at our own pace, which is determined by genes, hormones, and the lifestyle we lead. The concept of “lifestyle” is very extensive; it includes sunburn, frostbite, sleepless nights, stress, an unbalanced diet, smoking cigarettes and the abuse of coffee and alcohol. What is mature skin and what should a good cream for mature skin? consist of What role do UV filters, a beautician and a dermatologist play in the care of mature skin? How should body care look in the case of mature skin?
What’s mature skin like?
After 50 years of age, the number of estrogens in woman’s body decreases and consequently, the appearance and structure of the face changes. Its stratum corneum becomes thicker and the other layers of the epidermis on the contrary – thinner. What is more, the skin color changes and thus, discolorations and dilated capillaries tend to appear. Skin that’s poorly supplied with blood receives a lot fewer nutrients. Also, the work of sebaceous glands is slower, therefore, the natural protective layer is thinner. In addition, the skin becomes less and less elastic and becomes rough, dry and sensitive to external factors. Collagen and elastic fibers disappear, resulting in deepening mimic and gravity wrinkles.
A good cream for mature skin – what does it contain?
The cream for mature skin has the task of intensively moisturizing and preventing the formation of wrinkles. Known and tested anti-wrinkle substances include:
- Vitamin A derivatives, which are responsible for the growth and maturation of epidermal cells and stimulation of the production of collagen fibers,
- Vitamin C, which supports the renewal of collagen fibers, improves skin tone and strengthens blood vessels. In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant, that is, it protects the skin against free radicals, and thus delays the aging process,
- Vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 – also antioxidants,
- AHA fruit acids, which cause stratification of horny layer cells, and thus – accelerate the absorption of other skin care ingredients. AHA fruit acids are good for day and night creams,
- Phytoestrogens (plant hormones), which are often obtained from soy. Cosmetics producers ensure that they work on the principle of human estrogens – they accelerate the regeneration of the epidermis, stimulate the production of collagen fibers and provide the skin with proper hydration,
- Plant equivalent of DHEA, i.e. sex hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Their production decreases after the age of 30, so these shortages are worth complementing through cosmetics. They slow down the aging process, improve the elasticity of the skin, reduce wrinkles and protect against discoloration,
- Folic acid, which accelerates DNA skin cell regeneration, thus prevents water loss and strengthens the skin.
Mature skin and UV filters
The sun significantly accelerates skin aging, so the day cream you use should contain UV filters. Apply it not only to the face, but also the neck.
Mature skin – a beautician and a dermatologist
Being an adult, you must start going to a beautician and dermatologist, even if you do not have significant problems with your complexion. Specialists will choose treatments and at-home care specifically for your needs. The best effect on mature skin is the use of scrubs, for example, glycolic or with retinoids. Such treatments will not be a burden to your wallet, especially since you do not have to do them often (several times a year is enough). Thanks to them, the skin will regenerate quickly, regain a healthy color and absorb applied cosmetics better. After a series of treatments, you can go for more gentle therapies, such as iontophoresis, mesotherapy or microdermabrasion.
Mature skin – body care
Body moisturizing is your daily duty. Additionally, it will be a good idea to get rid of warts and hemangiomas that appear with age and not only don’t look nice but can also turn into cancerous skin lesions.
What else? The hands. After each hand wash, don’t forget to apply a generous amount of a moisturizing hand cream. In the summer, make sure it contains sufficient SPF.
In addition, don’t forget about your feet! Every woman, regardless of the age, should have well-maintained toenails and smooth feet. In case of problems with cracking heels, go to a good pedicurist, because the fungi, bacteria, and viruses can easily penetrate the cracks. Treat your feet very gently, that means:
- do not overheat them;
- do not expose yourself to frostbite;
- moisturize them regularly;
- systematically cut and file your toenails, and consult the podiatrist in case of any problems.
Furthermore, exfoliating scrubs of not just the whole body but also hand and feet will be beneficial. Body scrub should be coarse, because the skin on the thighs and buttocks is thicker and more difficult to exfoliate. In turn, use gentle scrubs with moisturizing oils on your hands and feet. Regular exfoliation doesn’t only “change the skin” to the younger one, but also stimulate circulation, thus improving the color and tension of the skin.
The best thing is that you can prepare the scrub yourself in the comfort of your own home on the basis of widely available cosmetic and food products.
How do you take care of mature skin? Are you satisfied with the results? Share your experience in the comments!