Have you ever wondered whether your skin is aging or maybe it’s already mature? In today’s post, I’ll try to answer this and other questions, such as: what skin type ages the fastest? What speeds up skin aging? How to take care of mature skin and what cream will be suitable for its care? Finally, I’ll share with you my recipes for homemade masks for mature complexion. Let’s get this started!
Mature skin – what is it like?
Not many people are aware of the fact that mature skin is not one of the basic skin types, which means that it is not an alternative for dry or combination skin. The term ‘mature skin’ applies to every woman at a certain age and does not refer to the skin type but its condition.
The skin begins to age after 25 years of age. Unfortunately, the speed of the process raises after turning thirty. The woman’s skin becomes mature at around forty-five years, depending on individual characteristics. That’s the time in life when the level of female hormones starts to drop: estrogen and progesterone, the walls of blood vessels are damaged and their number is reduced while the blood supply to the skin gets worse.
Mature skin is dry, gray, dull, wrinkled and lacks elasticity. It all affects the appearance of the face, including its shape: the cheeks and the corners of the eyes and lips are dropping. This is a result of a few factors, for instance, weakened collagen production which is decreasing with increasing age, slower cellular metabolism and lower epidermal capacity for regeneration. Skin that has been deprived of these natural protections quickly loses water and slowly absorbs nutrients. These are one of the reasons why its care is so complicated.
Which skin type ages the fastest?
Dry, sensitive and allergic skin ages the quickest. Each of them is poorly protected against the external environment because it is delicate and thin and has a weak protective layer and water escapes faster.
What speeds up skin aging?
The skin aging process is accelerated by the following factors:
- lack of hydration,
- improper skin cleansing,
- mistakes in care,
- a diet low in good fats and too rich in sugars,
- frequent tanning,
- smoking and drinking alcohol.
How to take care of mature skin properly?
Mature skin requires sun protection. Strong tan enhances aging, and the sun dries out the skin, emphasizes wrinkles and contributes to the formation of discoloration. Instead of giving up sunbathing, it is enough to use preparations with a high SPF filter before each sun exposure, regardless of the season. This will not delay time, but also will not accelerate the aging process of the skin.
In addition, mature skin should be regularly exfoliated – either at home or in the beauty salon. Such treatments remove dead skin cells, thereby reducing the visibility of wrinkles, smoothing the skin gently and improving its blood circulation. What’s more, exfoliation – along with cleansing – plays a key role in preparing the skin for the absorption of nutrients.
Moreover, you also have to regularly nourish mature skin. For this purpose, you will need a smoothing night cream and a regenerating serum for mature skin. The most difficult to take care of is the area around the eyes, which needs intensive oiling and strengthening of the skin’s structure. Do not forget about the neck – it is also subjected to aging processes. When applying cosmetics to the face and surroundings, it is worth giving yourself a gentle massage.
If it is difficult for you to accept the fact that you have mature complexion, you can use hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Accepting mature complexion is not that difficult after all because It doesn’t only give wrinkles, but also takes away acne! In turn, hormone replacement therapy delays the aging process but does not stop it, and at the same time increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
Mature skin – what face cream to choose?
I hope that you realize that even the best and most expensive anti-wrinkle cream will not stop the skin aging process, and certainly will not reverse it. This type of preparation is aimed at the proper moisturizing of the skin and firming it, which, by the way, will make wrinkle slightly less visible. In addition, the anti-wrinkle cream allows the skin to maintain a healthy color, protects it from the sun radiation and makes it more elastic.
Anti-wrinkle cream for mature skin should contain:
- retinol and retinoids, that is vitamin A and its derivatives that affect normal cell growth (skin, hair and nails) and increase the production of collagen and elastin,
- vitamin C, which accelerates the synthesis of collagen, delays the oxidation process, brightens the skin and lightens discolorations,
- hyaluronic acid, which provides the skin’s hydration and elasticity,
- Coenzyme Q10, which supports cell regeneration,
- phytohormones, or plant hormones, which can compensate for the processes caused by disturbed hormonal balance.
My recipes for homemade face masks for mature skin
Curd cheese face mask
To prepare it, mash a tablespoon of cottage cheese with a spoonful of yogurt, add two teaspoons of sunflower oil or olive oil and squeeze juice from half of an orange. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, then apply to the face and cleavage, and after thirty minutes, wash with lukewarm water.
Algae face mask
This mask is also very easy to make. Just combine a tablespoon of honey with a few drops of rose water. Next, add a teaspoon of algae powder or shredded sea algae to the liquid. Keep on your face for 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water.
Strawberry face mask
Blend a handful of fresh or frozen strawberries and add a tablespoon of rice oil and milk to the mix. Apply the mix to your face and wash with lukewarm water after about fifteen minutes.
And how do you take care of your complexion? Do you know other recipes for at-home beauty masks? If so, be sure to share your suggestions in the comment section! I’d love to hear your opinion and learn new recipes!