In this post, we are going to discuss the best skin care for mature skin that Dr Nina normally recommends for her clients starting from the age of 35 onwards.
Although this is the age we normally start speaking of ‘mature skin’, it doesn’t always mean that the biological age has to be united to the needs of the skin. While aging is part of everyone’s life and something that cannot be avoided, how people and their skin age will depend on each person’s history and a variety of factors: lifestyle, diet, heredity, and other personal habits.
For example, smoking is a habit that can lead to premature aging, due to the production of free radicals that can speed up the aging process by damaging our cells. Excessive exposure to the sun rays, pollution, stress, dramatic weight loss, eating an unhealthy diet also play a big role in contributing to skin aging.
How Our Skin Age
Skin ages in both men and women through parallel internal and external processes, which contribute simultaneously to a progressive loss of skin integrity. The combination of endogenous factors (genetically programmed aging, like hormones changes) and exogenous factors (external agents, like stress, harsh climates, medications, alcohol, sedentary life etc.), causes the progressive decline of collagen and the underlying structures, such as bones and cartilage. For these reasons, changes to our skin are naturally likely to occur starting from our 30s. Some of these changes include:
- Loss of the elastic tissue (elastin) in the skin, which causes the skin to hang loosely.
- Loss of fat below the skin in the cheeks, temples, chin, nose, and eye area may also result in loosening skin, sunken eyes and cheeks, double chin etc.
- Skin becomes thinner and more transparent.
- Skin becomes more fragile and more easily bruised.
- Skin develops lesions such as benign tumors.
How to identify mature skin?
- Rough, dry and itchy.
Dry skin and itching is common in later life. The loss of sweat and oil glands as we age may also worsen dry skin.
- Tight and prone to dehydration.
This is because over time it becomes more difficult for the skin to both retain water and produce oil (sebum) naturally.
- Lack of luminosity, pallid or yellowy colour.
Mature skin can lose its natural luminosity because of dryness, dead skin cells or slow cell turnover, all of which tend to get worse with age.
- Flaccidity, lack of tone and firmness.
As skin ages the dermis thins due to collagen loss, reducing its ability to retain elasticity (from elastin) and moisture.
- Deep wrinkles.
As aging progresses, more wrinkles and fine lines appear, and they deepen over time. Smokers tend to have more deep wrinkles than non-smokers of the same age, complexion, and history of sun exposure.
- Enlarged pores.
As skin loses its elasticity, this causes it to stretch and sag, making pores appear larger.
- Hyperpigmentation and age dark spots.
On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots and hyperpigmentation are likely to appear on the face and other parts of the body most exposed to sunlight.
Skin Care For Mature Skin: Tips and Key Ingredients
The ideal way to prevent skin aging is to begin a correct skin care routine at an early age, to attend qualified aesthetics centers regularly and to take the necessary precautions. These include protecting your skin from UV rays, exercising, eating a healthy diet… all of this will help to prevent premature aging, as well as keeping your skin healthy in the long term.
But since it is naturally impossible to have a skin of a 20-year-old at 40, first and foremost it is essential to adopt a positive attitude towards the signs of aging.
Here at Facial Sculpting, Dr Nina is a passionate advocate of enhancing a patient’s innate beauty and showing our age with elegance, optimism and naturalness. Her philosophy is ‘less is more’ and she loves to make subtle aesthetic tweaks that lead to excellent, yet natural, results.
A professional skin consultation with Dr Nina should be the first step you take when you are considering starting a new skin care regimen, or getting a procedure done. As an accredited practitioner in cosmetic surgery, Dr Nina has access to some of the most effective in-office options to reduce the signs of aging, like injectable fillers and wrinkle treatments.
However, after a thorough assessment of your face and skin, Dr Nina is also able to advise her clients when it comes to topical products for their everyday skin care routine. Think moisturizers, serums, and eye creams for example, but also supplements when needed. With so many scientifically advanced, innovative professional treatments and medical-grade skin care products available, it can be quite overwhelming to choose what is best for you.
For example, when choosing medical-grade skin care products, you will receive a regimen that is customized to your specific needs because it is subject to consultation and recommended directly by Dr Nina. Therefore, it is more likely you will receive the correct product from the beginning, as we will work with you to find a treatment that is successful for your individual case.
Skin Care Tips For Mature Skin
While Dr Nina advises her clients to always look for a bespoke treatment plan based on their individual skin needs, there are a few general rules and tips to follow to take care of mature skin.
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Use cold water, as it helps to activate circulation and tone the skin.
- Remove dry skin cells and prevent your pores from clogging by exfoliating once or twice a week. Regular exfoliation also helps the products in your regimen work more effectively, as they get better absorbed into the skin.
- Mature skin dries more intensely, so make sure to never skip applying a good moisturizer.
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 30. Reducing the effects of UV radiation is one of the most effective ways to slow down skin aging.
- Don’t forget to dedicate special attention to your neck and neckline too.
Skin Care For Mature Skin: Key Ingredients
When it comes to introducing any products into a regimen of skin care for mature skin, the key goals to keep in mind should be the following:
- Providing comfort and hydration for dry and tight skin.
- Protecting and strengthening the skin against environmental aggression.
- Stimulating the process of skin regeneration and recover firmness.
- Providing luminosity and correct and reduce dark spots.
- Smoothing existing wrinkles and preventing new ones to form.
To achieve these goals, there are a few key ingredients you should always include in your skin care routine. These include:
- L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and Vitamin E. These vitamins help improve the process of collagen regeneration, for smoother, softer, and more luminous skin.
- Retinol. A derivate from vitamin A, retinol stimulates the production of new skin cells resulting in smoother, healthier, and younger skin.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA). Acids like glycolic, lactic, and mandelic help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by loosening the top layer of the skin. They also help smooth out any texture irregularities and boost collagen production too.
- Hyaluronic Acid. This acid hydrates and plumps skin by drawing and retaining moisture, hence filling wrinkles and creases and preventing dehydration.
True and lasting results come from the quality of the ingredients and formulations that are backed up by scientific evidence, as well as your commitment to the product of course.
As with the amount of a particular ingredient, the formula used for developing a product plays a large role in its effectiveness too.
Skin Care for Mature Skin with Medical-grade Products
Medical-grade skin care products are often categorized as a blend between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, providing both aesthetic and medicinal benefits.
Medical-grade skin care products contain active ingredients that have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on the skin. They differ from over-the-counter products because they contain a higher concentration of ingredients, capable of penetrating the deepest layers of the skin.
Medical-grade skin care products should only be purchased from a specialist practice such as Facial Sculpting.
While medical-grade skin care lines may come with a slightly higher price than many retail manufacturers’ products, you can be sure that they have been developed to a higher standard with quality ingredients to provide effective results.
Two of the most effective ingredients Dr Nina usually prescribes to target mature skin’s concerns are Retinol and Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs).
Retinol is a medium-strength retinoid, and a derivate from vitamin A. Prescription formulas normally contain retinoic acid (the strongest of these retinoids), while retinol is gentler and can be found in medical-grade skin care lines.
Retinol works at both the surface and middle layers of the skin.
- On the skin’s outermost layer, retinol exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, improves tone and texture and lightens dark spots.
- On the skin’s middle layer, retinol is clinically proven to boost collagen and elastin production, which helps improve firmness, tone, and texture of the skin.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and lactic acid are a group of plant and animal-derived acids used in a variety of skin care products, including serums, toners, and creams, as well as occasional concentrated treatments via chemical peels. AHAs are primarily used to exfoliate, but they can also help:
- promote collagen production
- correct discoloration from scars and age spots
- improve the appearance of surface lines and wrinkles
- brighten your complexion
- increase other skincare products absorption
When it comes to caring for mature skin, adopting the right habits plays a huge role. And sticking to a correct skin care for mature skin is perhaps the most important habit you can adopt to preserve your youthful glow for as long as possible, no matter your biological age.
Therefore, Dr Nina recommends to come in for an initial skin consultations to every new client that would like to make changes to their skin care routines. This will allow them to gain advice on what is best for their individual needs and concerns, and help them achieve their desired results in less time and more effectively.
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