Nuturing Mature Skin
There are countless articles on the web and in various publications about keeping our skin dewy and youthful-looking. While it might seem that skin care literature focuses on the young, there is plenty of common sense advice for women of all ages to get the most out of their skin care routines and look their best.
Aging is inevitable – our skin will change over the years – but that does not mean we have to surrender. A sensible skin care regimen that takes into account how skin changes as we age will help minimize the typical signs associated with getting older. With a little experimentation, you can develop a regimen that will nurture your skin and address common concerns.
Sunscreen is an absolute necessity at any age, regardless of skin type or condition, but it becomes an even more vital part of our regimens as we grow older. Signs of photo-aging, such as uneven skin tone, dryness and hyperpigmentation become more apparent in our forties. A broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays will prevent future damage. Purlisse Pur Protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer and Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 are moisturizers with a Sun Protection Factor of 30, which most estheticians now say is the minimum recommendation for everyday protection. If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period, use a dedicated sunscreen such as MD Skincare Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 Sunscreen Cream, and remember to reapply every two hours.
Loss of collagen
Skin naturally loses elasticity as we age, which is partly due to the fact that the body stops producing collagen in the mid-to-late thirties. Other factors, such as repetitive facial expressions and gravity also play a part. Taking steps to reduce collagen breakdown and increase its supply can be beneficial. Studies have shown that stimulating skin cells to produce collagen can improve skin texture and make wrinkles less noticeable. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster and June Jacobs Cellular Collagen Eye Serum are good choices for any skin type.
Uneven skin tone, discoloration and large pores
As the skin's natural oil production slows post-menopause, the result is drier, more fragile skin. You may notice an overall dullness, or specific areas of discoloration. Dermelect Beautone Enlightening Spot Treatment targets uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, and age spots. DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum minimizes the look of pores while it exfoliates and hydrates to continually diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
There are targeted products designed to treat specific problem areas, such as StriVectin Neck Cream, and Dermelect Smooth Upper Lip and Perioral Anti-Aging, which can help reduce the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles in these common areas of concern. Aging is inevitable, but following a common sense regimen designed to nurture your changing skin will help you feel and look your best.