Proper skin care is important throughout your life, but we all should step it up when we start to mature. It’s not as easy to bounce back from hard partying, staying up all night and then looking flawless the next day with 4 hours of sleep. When this moment arrives, reevaluate your previous skin care routine, and ask yourself, “Are my old ways going to help me look my best or should I begin making changes?” If the answer is yes, we’re here to help you with this week’s blog on the 5 Do’s and Don’ts for mature skin.
- Stay in shape – This may not be too obvious, but internal and external health go hand in hand. By getting regular exercise and maintaining a balanced diet, you know your skin is doing its very best, delivering nutrients and circulating healthy blood flow throughout your body. Make sure to exercise at least 20 minutes a couple times a week, and get those greens in your diet!
- Use an SPF We know that the sun, pollution, and the environment in general is one of the main causes of skin damage, and this includes fine lines and wrinkles. Before you leave the house, apply an SPF cream to all areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun.
- Be primed and ready – Make sure you’re using a primer when applying makeup because it can save you a lot of unnecessary stress. Applying a lot of makeup can actually have the opposite of the intended effect with mature skin, as it can cake up and cause lines to form where they shouldn’t be. Nip it in the bud with a makeup primer that will help even out the appearance of any rough surfaces.
- Hit the trouble spots – Despite our best efforts, certain areas seem to be aging magnets. Particularly the back of the hands and around the mouth. Give hands extra love by sleeping with moisturizer-covered hands in a pair of gloves, and reach for a mask with ingredients to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Embrace your age – Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the perfection that is you wasn’t either, so be proud of it! Don’t let the quest for youth make you forget all the best parts of maturity. Make every laugh your heartiest, every smile from ear to ear, because those laugh lines represent the best parts of your life, and you should be reminded of all the happy memories when you look at them. Sure, no one wants to look as wrinkly as a miniature bulldog, but don’t stress the smiles.
- Forget the déc(ollete) – Perhaps one of the most neglected patches of skin, the neck area contains thin, delicate skin which needs love! Care for this gentle area with a firming moisturizer designed to help reduce the signs of aging. For extra TLC, be sure to apply a rich serum beforehand and layer the moisturizer over it.
- Be a downer – When applying creams and lotions, be sure to use light, upward strokes. Gravity is already weighing you down all day, so don’t add to it! When swiping downwards with product, you’re increasing the sagging and wrinkling that your skin care is trying to fight.
- Think you know it all – With age comes wisdom, but that includes knowing where your strengths are, and where they aren’t. Don’t try deal with every skin issue by yourself, remember to book a visit to the esthetician. You can be assured that a professional will be giving your skin a once over and recommend the very best products for you.
- Just use moisturizer – You’ve got age and experience on your side, so there’s no reason for you to stick to the basics, use that knowledge to your advantage! You most likely know how to moisturize and the importance using a moisturizer by now, so why stop there? Add in a serum, an eye cream and other specialized products, and be sure to layer your skin care.
- Wait any longer – Don’t wait until you’re 85 to step up your skin care. Hormonal changes can begin in your 30’s, so you’ll want to get a head start. A great deal of good skin care is prevention, so the earlier you start the better. Start moisturizing after you shower, begin using overnight creams, get specialized eye care products, and book those appointments with the esthetician!
*This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your doctor or health provider with any questions or concerns you may have about a medical condition.