Aging is just part of life and with it comes gray hair, wrinkles and sagging. Some people look older than their age, while some others look much younger. Genetics comes to play in this but also the amount of care they put into their skin. Sun exposure and bad habits such as smoking, drinking, stress and obesity do have their effect. Just like other body organs and functions, as we age our skin loses its ability to regenerate and to produce collagen and elastin which gives skin its firmness and elasticity. Mature skin can also suffer from dryness, transparency and fragility. It therefore needs extra care and attention. Here are some tips for caring for mature skin:
Use sunscreen religiously. Much of our ageing is actually due to exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. It can cause wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer if over-exposed. Therefore, pick out a sunscreen and make it a habit to apply it everyday, rain or shine, as soon as you can. Pay special attention to your face, chest and arms as these are the most exposed areas. Your sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 40 with both UVB and UVA protection. Try to avoid the sun between 10AM and 4PM.
Use quality skin care products formulated for your skin. Cleansing and moisturizing are just as – if not more so – important for mature skin. Opt for creams and serums that contain Vitamin C and retinol to benefit from their antioxidant and collagen synthesizing properties thus helping to minimize fine lines, wrinkles and scars. At the same time, look for products formulated for your skin type – whether you have oily, dry, combination or normal skin. If you have especially sensitive skin, make sure you test out the product on your arms first before applying on your face.
Exfoliate regularly and properly. Exfoliation is now a must for those with mature skin. The surface of our skin is covered by a coating of dead skin cells that only get thicker as we age. It’s recommended to exfoliate the skin on your body and face once a week to help get rid of these dead cells. You’ll find that once you do, your moisturizer and other skin care products will be absorbed much more smoothly.
Try anti-aging products and treatments. For those over the age of 50, there are over-the-counter creams and lotions that rejuvenate the skin. Look for ingredients such as pentapeptides that help promote the production of collagen. Chemical peels and lasers are another type of treatment to improve skin tone, texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun spots and scars. There’s also botox and wrinkle fillers to freeze those wrinkles, plump up the skin and erase lines.
Finally, caring for mature skin isn’t just about cosmetics and products. You also need to build up good habits to take care of your skin from inside out. Eat a healthy and balanced diet – especially with lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Opt for unprocessed products and choose dark, whole-grain breads, rice and pasta. Exercise regularly by taking up sports or even just taking brisk walks. Get enough sleep – eight hours of sleep will help your skin regenerate.
With the right balance of healthy lifestyle, good skin care habits, and body treatments you’ll be rewarded with healthy and younger-looking skin.