There are many things in life that get better with age. Think about the way expertise and understanding deepen, relationships mature, and even certain flavors develop a richer complexity. You’ve likely heard the expression or compliment to a mature woman equating her aging to fine wine. Is she 50 or 72 — no one can tell!
For women who earn this complement, it’s often because of the manner in which they take care of themselves. From eating better, to exercising, to moisturizing, looking good is all about consistency and dedication. One of the main ways to retain youthful exuberance is by following a daily skincare routine.
In fact, there are daily skincare routines that can be tailored for mature skin. Adding in essential anti-aging ingredients and following certain practices can fight signs of aging. Keep reading for tips on maintaining healthy and radiant skin as you age.
1. Address Blemishes
Pimples and blemishes are a young person’s game … or so you thought! It can be quite annoying to go into your golden years and still have breakouts. Many women experience blemishes around hormone shifts, like during their monthly cycle. It can also continue into menopause. If you’re experiencing this, you don’t have to suffer in silence.
There are different creams you can try to treat your adult acne and obtain clearer skin. One treatment option is tretinoin cream, which is a common prescription for acne. It is a retinoid that erases pimples by unclogging pores. As a bonus, tretinoin also combats common signs of aging. It increases the production of collagen to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Cleanse and Exfoliate
Speaking of collagen loss, your skin does lose that elasticity as you age. That can cause sagging skin and a dull, dehydrated look. Your skin cells naturally dry up and die as new cells are created. That dry skin then typically flakes off and sheds, but it doesn’t always do so quickly. To speed up the process, you’ll need to clean your face daily and exfoliate often.
When choosing a cleanser, pick one that’s gentle enough for everyday use. Then wash your face at least once in the morning and once before bed. Adding in an exfoliant several days a week can help slough off that dead skin. Use a gentle exfoliator that contains lactic or glycolic acid to help in this process. This can help your skin look more vibrant and prepares it for moisturizer.
Now that your skin is cleansed and exfoliated, it’s a perfect canvas to be able to absorb moisturizer. Similarly to how drinking water heals your body in many ways, moisturizer and adding hydrating skin care does so much for your skin’s appearance. It prevents dry, crepey skin.
When choosing a moisturizer, look for hyaluronic acid. It gives you that glowing and fuller look. There are other anti-aging elements in moisturizers that can help with collagen and wrinkles. Peptide cream is great for restoration and collagen production. It works when combined with hyaluronic acid as well. Retinol can also help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it boosts cell turnover. Vitamin C is also great for your skin because as an antioxidant, it combats free radicals.
4. Use Eye Cream
It’s often said the eyes are the windows of the soul. They also can give away how old you are. The skin around your eyes is thinner than most other areas of your body. That fact combined with all the blinking, frowning, and smiling you do on a regular basis mean wrinkles are more prevalent here. Finding a cream or serum tailored to this area is paramount for retaining a youthful appearance.
Used with regularity, these creams can work to prevent and repair wrinkles. As with the anti-aging moisturizers, look for options containing retinol. Some creams are for wrinkles, and others help with bags under your eyes. Consider your skin type and concerns when checking out your options, and read the labels to find a treatment that works for you.
5. Apply Sunscreen
Sun damage can cause spots that are sometimes referred to as age spots. Prolonged overexposure to the sun for decades can also cause a more wrinkled or weathered appearance to your skin. If you’re doing work daily with your skin routine to maintain youthful radiance, don’t erase all your work with damaging UV rays. Wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy.
To combine some skincare steps, find moisturizers that have SPF for your face. For the rest of your skin that is exposed, apply sunscreen before you head outdoors. You may also consider adjusting your outfit accordingly. Long, linen pants and sun hat go a long way when it comes to avoiding sun damage. These preventative actions protect you from burns and damage to your skin. It also can help prevent skin cancer.
Taking care of yourself as you age is so important. It can keep you looking and feeling young so you can enjoy life as you enter that next phase. Retirement and grandkids are often more fun if you’re looking and feeling great. Add in a few of these daily tips to care for yourself and your skin. It always feels nice to get a compliment like, “do you ever age?”
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