As skin matures, it starts to show signs of age. The body produces less elastin and collagen (the proteins that plump and firm skin), causing skin to appear thin and loose, and meaning it forms lines and wrinkles more easily. Your skin also stops producing the same level of moisture, so you’ll find it gets drier as you get older. You’ll also notice skin’s pigment cells will also start to show in areas where you’ve accumulated sun damage, forming age spots.
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Switching to cream or balm cleanser is ideal for mature skin – they won’t remove anything but the bad stuff, so the ‘good’ oils that skin needs to maintain hydration won’t be stripped away. In fact, many actually do double duty and hydrate skin simultaneously. Since skin loses moisture as we age, it can benefit from the addition of some extra moisturising ingredients.
Retinol is well-known for being one of the most important ingredients for targeting signs of aging. It stimulates skin to produce collagen and elastin – which we lose as we age but is responsible for keeping skin smooth, plump, and tight. It also helps to even skin texture, reduce the appearance of pigmentation, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. These serums do take time to deliver results, but consistency and patience pays off.
As we age, our skin’s moisture levels decrease. Think of toner as an extra chance to ramp up hydration and get some moisture into your skin. Avoid brightening and exfoliating formulas, and instead look out for nourishing ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid.
Hydrating products should be layered from thinnest to thickest in order to seal moisture into skin. So after your toner, apply a hydrating serum – again, ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin are key as they work to draw moisture into the skin. Over time, you’ll notice a softer, smoother complexion with a bright, healthy-looking glow.
A nourishing moisturiser will help to target any patches of dryness or rough texture, and will plump fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin with the help of ingredients like squalane, omegas, ceramides, and vitamin E. This step will seal in the moisture added in the previous steps. Apply generously and spend time massaging into skin.
As skin can feel drier as we age, you may want an additional final moisturising step to target any areas where you notice extra dryness. Consider adding a lip balm, eye cream, neck treatment, or even a face oil for an overall moisture boost.