As we age, our skin changes and requires different care to keep it healthy and radiant. Here are some tips on how to best care for your mature skin in the Springtime!
1) Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water (or fluids without a lot of sugar and/or alcohol) is essential for all skin types, but especially for mature skin. It helps keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Water may never give you the same glow as your topicals, but it all works synergistically to give you the best results. And don’t worry about drinking your morning cup of coffee, because despite past misinformation, it won’t ‘dehydrate’ you.
2) Use a gentle cleanser: As we age, our skin becomes more delicate, so it's important to use a gentle cleanser that won't strip away natural oils. Look for a non-foaming, cream-based or balancing cleanser that will cleanse without drying. We recommend our Restorative Rose Cleanser to help balance your skin.
3) Exfoliate: Gentle exfoliation is key for removing dead skin cells and encouraging cell turnover. You can use a physical exfoliant like a scrub or a chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid. However, be careful not to overdo it, as too much exfoliation can irritate your skin. We recommend using our Brighten & Reveal Pads 2-3 times a week.
4) Moisturize: As your skin ages, it produces less oil, which can lead to dryness and wrinkles. While you may feel inclined to switch to a lighter moisturizer during the Spring, lighter doesn't always mean better. A good moisturizer can help hydrate your skin and keep it looking plump and youthful. After 40, it's important to look for a good year-round moisturizer that includes humectants and oils to help seal in your moisture, such as our Whipped Olive Oil Face Butter. Don't forget your eye area!
5) Protect: Springtime means more exposure to the sun, which can be damaging to your skin. Make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors, even on cloudy days. You can also wear a hat and sunglasses to further protect your skin from UV rays. For more information on how to protect your skin from harmful rays, go here.
6) Use a serum: Serums are highly concentrated formulations that can deliver powerful anti-aging ingredients deep into your skin. Look for a serum that contains Hyaluronic Acid, which can help plump up your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When possible, incorporate at least one serum with antioxidants that can serve as extra protection for your skin from free radicals.
7) Eat a healthy diet: What you eat can also affect the health of your skin, especially if you're sensitive to certain foods like dairy, but everyone is bio-individual, which means not one diet is right for everyone. And just because you do eat a 'good diet' doesn't mean you won't have skin issues, because there are other factors such as hormones, lifestyles, etc. Incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein into your diet may have a positive impact on your skin.
As a bonus thought, you can do everything right and if you’re constantly stressed or not sleeping well, the impact tends to take a toll on your skin. Some of my favorite ways to relax include daily supplements containing adaptogens, L-theanine, Magnesium (glycerinate) and CBD (hemp oil without THC).
Overall, taking care of your mature skin in the Springtime involves a combination of gentle cleansing, hydration, protection from the sun, and nourishing your skin with antioxidants and other essential nutrients that are specific to your needs.
The more you know the more you glow!