Our skin is constantly evolving. Everything from our environment to our nutrition and hydration to our hormones and genetics affects the skin.
You may have noticed as you’ve gotten older that the skincare routine you had in your 30s and 40s is no longer serving you. Perhaps your skin feels extra dry or looks dull.
Fortunately, you can enjoy radiant skin once again with the proper skincare routine and minor lifestyle tweaks.
Mature skin is not defined by your age but by the characteristics of the skin. Sun exposure, stress, pollution, and time all take a toll on the appearance and texture of your skin.
These changes become more noticeable as the skin loses its flexibility and elasticity. In time, it becomes more fragile, thinner, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to set in.
Other signs of mature or aging skin include dark spots and skin lesions. This happens when UV radiation from the sun damages the base layer of the skin and builds abnormal cells.
Because cell turnover decreases as we age, it makes it harder for the skin barrier to repair itself from environmental factors, harmful skincare routines, or lack of sufficient sleep.
Skincare is not one size fits all. Especially as we age, the changes in our skin require a mature mom to personalize her approach to keep skin happy, healthy, and glowing.
Say “goodbye” to harmful acids, rough exfoliants, and drying toners. Oily skin is no longer a problem for the mature mom. Instead, it’s time to focus on protecting and rehydrating the skin for a smooth, radiant finish.
Start your morning with a gentle, hydrating cleanser. Avoid cleansers with physical exfoliants or those that foam (these can be drying). You can even rinse your face with lukewarm water and skip a deep cleanse in the morning, depending on how your skin reacts.
Next, use a hydrating toner that’s PH balanced. Rosewater is a natural, safe option that resets your skin’s PH to the optimal level, especially after using a cleanser.
Avoid toners (or any skincare!) that include fragrance or alcohol, including witch hazel.
Pat on a clean Vitamin C serum or other anti-aging serum to lock in moisture and protect your skin from free radicals.
If you live in a particularly cold or dry climate, add a nourishing face oil to your routine.
Seal in the calming, hydrating ingredients with a quality moisturizer that ideally contains ceramides and other antiaging ingredients.
Top off your routine by applying sunscreen year-round. UVA and UVB rays cause further damage to already delicate skin, so don’t skip this step. Mineral sunscreen is best, but if you prefer chemical sunscreens, just make sure it doesn’t contain oxybenzone or octanoate, which harms both humans and the coral reefs.
Follow a similar routine in the evening.
Make sure to gently yet thoroughly wash off all makeup. An oil cleanser is a great way to do this without damaging or drying out the skin.
You can also include gentle exfoliation once a week, a hydrating face mask two to three times a week, or nightly retinol treatments to your evening routine. Avoid retinol during the day, as it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Skincare isn’t all about the products you lather on the outside. Drinking plenty of water and electrolytes, eating foods with vitamin A and C, consuming collagen (either in a supplement or via bone broth), and getting plenty of sleep will do wonders for your skin health regardless of your age.
You can show off your beautiful, healthy skin at any age. The key is using products designed to optimize the unique condition of your skin and making diet and lifestyle choices that support your skin.