No for real, my grandma asked me to make this post. And what grandma wants, grandma gets. But honestly, I feel like a lot of beauty blogs neglect to talk about mature skin and some of the issues these clients can face. And I understand that the younger clientele are the ones that typically look for guidance on these blogs, but there are tons of older clients out there that want advice too! So today I’ll dedicate this one to all of my mature readers that are looking to feel beautiful but can’t find any posts on the internet for their skin. So what kind of issues are there? I’ll go through a few of the main issues that arise with mature skin and some products to use to help these issues. Now, as a disclaimer, it is always better to start early with preventative skincare to avoid the issue in the first place. Also, there are no miracle treatments, facials, or products that will reverse the inevitable issues of aged skin – it’s natural, it will happen to all of us. However, there are products that will help to plump, firm, and lift the skin, giving a more youthful appearance. So let’s get started:
- Fine lines and wrinkles: ah, the #1 most common concern that mature clients face (and even some younger clients that have neglected their skin). These fine lines and wrinkles tend to form around the mouth and eyes, and even sometimes around the forehead. And again, it is natural – as we age, the skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic. We also stop producing as much collagen, the protein responsible for keeping the skin firm and strong. To counteract these problems, the Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream is a must. Fermented black tea helps to improve elasticity while Goji fruit extract improves firmness. A cheaper alternative is the REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot – this product has 2 types of hyaluronic acid to really plump the skin and ‘fill in’ any lines (p.s., see my post titled AHA, BHA, WTF for a refresher on hyaluronic acid)
- Dark spots/age spots: age spots are kind of a mystery to dermatologists – they are a result of excess melanin (skin pigment), but we don’t really know why this excess melanin occurs as we age. Either way, there are a few options to get rid of them. The first is Vitamin C – this is more of a preventative measure to ensure the spots don’t arise in the first place, or to prevent them from getting worse. Murad Essential-C Day Moisturizer protects against UVA/UVB rays which are the sun rays that make our skin darker (and, by extension, make our dark spots darker). The second option is a dark spot corrector – these types of products target the spots directly and help to reduce their appearance. A good product for this option is the Clinique Even Better Clinical Spot Corrector and Optimizer – the Even Better Clinical serum and CL-302 complex to improve the appearance of dark spots. Finally, the last and most potent option is retinol. Retinol basically helps to overturn skin cells faster by stimulating the production of new skin cells. This product will help with a variety of issues: dark spots, scarring, discolouration, fine lines, acne…retinol is kind of like that kid in high school that is on every single committee, club, and team you can think of and still also has a part-time job and a social life. Anyway, a good option for an anti-aging retinol is the REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream. Not only will it help with fine lines and age spots, it will also boost the skins radiance. As a note, if you decide to use retinol, you need to incorporate it slowly into your routine, only use it at night, and use a sunscreen during the day. Retinol is very potent and if used incorrectly can make the problems worse, or create new problems you did not have before. Retinol + sunlight can make your skin very sensitive so for the love of God only use it at night and get yourself some SPF.
- Dry skin: if you are going to address only one issue in this article, this one is key – skin aging is associated with loss of moisture. In other words, if we don’t keep our skin hydrated, everything is going downhill from there – fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and transparent/thin skin can all be attributed to dehydrated skin. Of course drinking water and avoiding smoking and drinking will help with this step, but if we need some extra help, there are plenty of products to do so. I would recommend getting a moisturizer that has ‘anti-aging’ or ‘hyaluronic acid’ in the name or on the bottle, simply because these ones are made to target mature skin or very dehydrated skin – they will do the job a lot more efficiently than a moisturizer made for a 15 year old with perfect skin. The Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield moisturizer has mushroom peptides to fight visible signs of aging, soft focus complex to blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and barley, cucumber, and sunflower extracts to help the skin retain moisture. A cheaper alternative is the Clarins SPF Sunscreen for Face Wrinkle Control Cream.
These are just a few of the main issues that we face as we age – there’s no way around it, it will happen to all of us. There are also a variety of factors that play a role in how we age – genetics, smoking, drinking, environmental factors, and preventative care are just a few. Take care of your skin, and take care of it earlier rather than later – spending that $75 on a good skincare item when you’re 30 is easier than $500 on botox and other surgeries by the time you’re 50 or 60.
Until next time,
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