We believe that aging is one of life’s great privileges and furthermore – it’s 100% inevitable! For this reason, aging is the topic of some of our most frequently-asked skincare questions. Everyone wants to know the ideal products and rituals to care for mature skin, and how to keep their skin looking youthful and healthy. Well, we have answers!
The 411 on Retinoids + Dry Skin
Before getting started, it’s important to note that ‘mature skin’ isn’t a skin type per se, but rather a skin condition. Your skin type is generally hereditary, and can be found somewhere within the classic categories of normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive. It’s common for your skin to shift between these types over the years, due mainly to hormonal fluctuations and lifestyle factors. So – when we talk about specific rituals and recommendations for mature skin, it’s also important to keep other key factors like skin type in mind to find the best options for you.
When we enter our 30’s, our skin begins to lose its elasticity, and within 5 years of entering menopause, a woman’s skin will lose about 30% of its collagen. As the skin thins and loses density, other signs of aging start to show up, including drooping, visible blood vessels, pigmentation changes, and increased pore size. Over time, the hyaluronic acid content in our skin also begins to reduce, causing it to retain less water and leave the complexion feeling drier and more sensitive.
Some of the simplest pieces of advice are also the most effective in caring for mature skin and slowing down the visible signs of aging. Here are our 3 top suggestions:
1. Always protect the skin from sun with SPF and a hat. It’s never too late to start!
2. Avoid aggressive scrubbing to prevent unnecessary stress, stripping and damage.
3. Continue your daily skincare ritual based on your skin type (consistency is key!) but add in supplementary products to help strengthen and nourish the skin.