Skincare for Mature Skin
When I hit my 50's I started to really care... about my skin.
I came to the realization that my skin was no longer going to keep looking better as I aged, but instead it would start looking worse, especially if I didn't start doing something about it.
Skincare for Mature Skin is different than skincare in general.
While I know I can't totally reverse the hands of time, I can surely do things to prevent being bitch-slapped by them.
Being SoCal born and raised I have wonderful childhood memories... pool time, horse time, beach time, hiking... being outside from dawn until dusk was the norm, all without protecting my skin.
And that includes the "tanning bed" craze of the early 90's! My skin carries those memories, well.
It was time to get some super targeted skincare.
It was time to address the loss of collagen and elastin, sagging skin, jowls. What?! Ugh! All from too much sun exposure.
I also wanted to do something about the sun spots and hyperpigmentation on my cheeks.
Oh and hydration because when I hit my 50's my skin went from normal - oily to normal - dry to now just dry. So hydration was also key!
Basically, I didn't want my face to start looking older than I actually was.
So, I started researching products and ingredients that I could use to address them.
Then, I went all in on my skincare.
That was over a year ago. Best. Thing. I. Ever. Did!
After all, we only have one face. Personally, I want mine looking as good as possible for as long as possible.
I knew going into this, and continue to understand, that nothing I'm using is going to miraculously make me look 40 again.
Nor is anything I'm using or doing going to work in one day, one week, or one month.
Depending on what you're trying to address, good skincare and a good skincare routine can take months before you notice even the slightest change.
Many of the ingredients I use are for prevention. Meaning, if I were not using them now, how much worse off would my skin look as I age?
It's not about turning back the hands of time, though if you do this correctly you will notice some marked improvements in the look and texture of your skin.
It's about the long game... setting your skin up to age better.
What this means for me is keeping my face looking younger than my age.
The point of a continuous, targeted skincare routine is to ease back current problems and mitigate any further damage.
It's never too soon to start taking care of your skin!
So, with that, I'm going to give you some tips and the skinny on the products and ingredients that I use every single day. Let's dive in!
Probably the most important thing you can use on your skin is sunscreen. There is no reason to try and reverse damage, or slow the hands of time, if you're going to continually damage your skin from sun exposure.
And you don't just get sun damaged skin by being out in the sun.
I've received a lot of sun damage on my face while driving. When the sun reflects through the window, or the windshield.
Sunscreen is the #1 thing you should be using everyday to prevent the signs of aging.
Personally, I use at least an SPF 30 mineral sunscreen because of the protection it affords without any of the sensitivities you can run into using chemical sunscreens.
I apply it daily, all over my face, eyelids, earlobes, neck, chest & the backs of my hands. I let it soak in for about 10 minutes before applying any makeup.
My two favorite sunscreens right now are the CeraVe Hydrating Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and the Banana Boat Simply Protect Baby Mineral Sunscreen with an SPF of 50.
Retin-A is a form of Vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. It can improve skin texture and fade dark spots and freckles because it causes skin cells to turn over more rapidly. It can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help to control free radicals that cause many skincare problems, including the signs of aging. Retin A is a long term preventative in my arsenal.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps neutralize free radical damage from things like UV exposure (sun damage) and air pollution. It helps to brighten your skin, even out your skin tone, and can help to prevent precancerous damage caused by free radicals.
This serum is fortified with 3 wrinkle-fighting superstars. It's a powerful antioxidant that energizes skin cells to rebuild collagen and elastin. It has Matrixyl 3000 which helps to maximize the production of your skin's collagen. It also has Hyaluronic Acid which will increase your skin's moisture so it looks and feels hydrated. It works overtime to replenish and repair your skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
This is a potent anti-aging serum that stimulates the skin’s production of both collagen and elastin. It helps to improve your skin's elasticity, firmness and texture. It has Hyaluronic Acid that increases and maintains optimal hydration levels for smoother, healthier looking skin.
MATRIXYL SYNTHE 6
This powerhouse polypeptide has 6 critical skin-building essentials that target pronounced wrinkles and expression lines. It also has Hyaluronic Acid which helps to hydrate, lift, and plump the skin.
One of the keys to having youthful looking skin is hydration, both internally through water consumption, and externally through emollient moisturizers.
Hyaluronic Acid is a super moisturizer that helps your skin to lock in moisture and prevent transepidermal water loss. It helps to plump your skin by increasing its hydration level. It's important to use Hyaluronic Acid immediately before, or directly with, your facial moisturizer to properly lock in moisture.
Make sure you keep your skincare moisturizers, toners, and serum in a very cool, dark place.
Personally, I love keeping my skincare refrigerated!
Not only does it protect my investment and help to extend the potency and the shelf life of my skincare, but the products feel amazing going on!
This is my favorite skincare mini fridge!
Regardless of whether you go all in on your skincare or start slow, always use proven ingredients of the highest quality.
Also remember skincare is a long term game. You will not see results immediately. But, if you use the right ingredients, the right way, consistently you will see results.
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