Skin changes as you age, but the ageing process is different for everyone and this can be down to many factors including your environment, genetics and lifestyle. Mature skin is a term that is frequently used in the skincare arena, but very few actually break down what mature skin is. Let’s dive into what mature skin is, holy grail ingredients for mature skin and how to look after mature skin.
What Is Mature Skin?
Mature skin refers to skin that has lost some of its natural elasticity and firmness due to ageing. Sebum production also reduces as we age and mature ageing skin tends to need more hydration than it did previously. This can result in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
There are several factors that can contribute to the development of mature skin, including:
As we age, our skin undergoes several changes, including a loss of collagen and elastin, which can result in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays can accelerate the ageing process and cause damage to the skin, resulting in the appearance of age spots, pigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, stress, and a poor diet, can also contribute to the development of mature skin.
How To Tell If Your Skin Is Mature?
As we have mentioned above, mature skin is a term that is talked about a lot in skincare, but very few actually explain what mature skin is and how to tell if your skin is showing signs of ageing. While mature skin isn’t actually a skin type, it is a concern that many have as they get older, so they reach for anti-ageing products to try and help. Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics you may see when checking your own skin.
Skin looks dull and feels drier
As we age, sebum production reduces, which leaves the skin barrier needing more moisture than it has before. Dry and dehydrated skin can leave the overall complexion looking dull and lacklustre as mature skin can find it hard to shed dead skin cells as quickly as younger skin. This means that skin holds on to dead skin cells longer which can leave skin feeling rougher to the touch.
Loss of firmness
Mature skin unfortunately doesn’t produce collagen at the same rate as younger skin does, which can leave skin feeling saggier and with more prominent lines and wrinkles.
Sun damage is one of the major contributors to mature skin. It can damage cell DNA, leading to pigmentation, decreased elasticity, and premature skin aging.
Skincare Ingredients For Mature Skin
Luckily with so many amazing skincare ingredients available on the market, there are some ingredients which can help slow down the signs of ageing whilst helping to plump, hydrate and repair the skin.
Retinol is a game changing ingredient for mature skin, as this super ingredient helps to boost collagen production, speed up cell renewal and fade signs of ageing and pigmentation on the skin. Take a look at our Overnight Retinol Powerbalm which is packed full of retinol and peptides to help resurface the skin, leaving dull, dry and ageing skin looking brighter, plumper and a more even complexion.
Vitamin C is a great ingredient to have in your skincare wardrobe and our Vitamin C Elixir formulation is perfect for mature skin. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to to speed up cell turnover to diminish pigmentation and also helps to boost collagen production to plump and firm the skin. Our Elixir formula is oil based and also includes nourishing Avocado Oil to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin, perfect for those with mature skin for an added dose of hydration.
Peptides are amino acids that make up certain proteins needed by the skin and can penetrate the outer layer of the skin, so instead of sitting on top of the skin, they penetrate more deeply. Collagen is made of three polypeptides, so adding peptides can stimulate your skin to produce collagen. More collagen can lead to firmer, younger-looking skin. We have packed our Trade Marked Peptide Complex into our Firming Serum and Peptide Eye Complex to help firm mature skin, leaving it feeling firmer with wrinkles looking visibly reduced.
Hyaluronic Acid is always compared to as a glass of water for the skin. This wonder ingredient holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, hydrating the skin at the lowest level with the ability to plump and smooth the skin.
Ways To Help Mature Skin
Whilst you can’t stop skin maturing, there are a few tips we have that can help slow down the process and leave skin looking happy and healthy. Just because signs of ageing appear, doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of your skin, you can still nourish and support your skin!
Wear a daily SPF
Sun damage is one of the biggest reasons skin ages. UV rays damage the cells and as we have learnt above, skin cell renewal slows down as we age. Making sure your skin is protected with a daily SPF every single day (even when the sun isn’t out and in winter!) is crucial. Check out our Advanced Time Delay Day Cream; this multi-functional product hydrates, plumps and protects the skin with its built in SPF30.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for mature skin. Drinking plenty of water to hydrate the skin, eating a balanced diet to provide your skin with essential fats and nutrients and exercising will all help to support healthy skin.
One of the greatest ways that you can help maturing skin is by in salon professional treatments. A great home skincare routine is great, but results are found in salon from using professional treatments such as peels and resurfacing treatments. Check out our offering of Professional treatments and how they can benefit your skin here.
Can You Prevent Skin From Maturing?
In short, no you can’t. Mature skin is unfortunately a part of life and we can’t stop the clock! But you can slow down the ageing process with a good skincare routine from an early age including wearing a daily sunscreen to protect your skin from premature ageing and by making healthy life style choices such as a good diet, daily exercise and plenty of sleep.
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