Eventually, aging becomes a concern that every woman must deal with. Fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dry skin, and hyperpigmentation are among common age-related woes. But you can take back control of the years through fine-tuning your skincare routine to target each trouble separately. Here’s a recommendation of what a skincare routine looks like for those with aging or mature skin needs.

Cleanse

Japan and Korea have bestowed us with tons of beauty tips, one to take and never look back is the double cleansing process of oil-based cleanser first, and then a follow up with a cleanser to wash off any remaining residue from the first round of cleaning. For aging skin, cleansers should be gentle and non-abrasive. Go with a milky or cream-based cleanser to be extra caring of your skin. As skin ages, it loses its ability to keep itself hydrated, so it’s essential to use cleansers that do not further dry out the skin, such as alcohols, fragrances, and sodium lauryl sulfate.

Exfoliate

You do want to encourage skin cell regeneration and turnover, but for aging skin, you need to be careful to not cause fine tears. Avoid scrubs that have large beads. Look for a skin care product that has a mix of lactic and glycolic acid which will be gentle on the skin while still helping to remove the dull layer of top skin. Adjust the number of times you do this based on your skin care needs. From 1 to 3 times a week is the average.

Prep and prime with toners and lotions

These aren’t the astringent formulations with high concentrations of alcohol to tighten skin, which will harm aging skin. Nope. We’re talking about a very specific type of toners and lotions. Use these products to help prime your skin to better absorb the anti-aging serums that you will put on next. Ingredients to look for should be those that promote cellular turnover and firmness, such as lactic acid and AHAs.

Age-fighting serums

This is where you can get anti-aging serums to work for you. Because there are various concerns you may have, compartmentalize each need and find a product that targets it. For example, our skin loses collagen as we age and this causes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Look for serums that trigger collagen production, such as concentrations with retinol or vitamin A.  Also add serums in your skin care routine that have L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which brightens age spots, or snail mucin, which firms skin and prompts cell turnover.

Face, eye, neck and hand masks

It’s not just the face that begins to show signs of age. The neck and hands show it too. But these areas are easily forgotten when it comes to one’s skin care routine. East Asian cosmetics companies are aware of these trouble spots and have created specific masks to target each area. Try under eye patches to brighten eye circles and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Hand masks are gloves that provide treatments to one’s hands and can help to brighten age spots and soften skin texture. Sleep masks are also ideal for aging skin, as they hydrate all through the night and only need to be washed off the next morning.

Eye Creams

One of the first areas to show signs of age is the fine skin around our eyes. It’s important to have realistic expectations of what eye creams can and can’t do. Otherwise, you’re bound to be disappointed. What they can do, however, is firm and brighten. Which is achievable using some of the products on the market. Look for eye creams that contain humectants, which will bind moisture to the skin and diminish the appearance of crow’s feet.

Moisturizer

As one of the final steps in your skin care routine, mature skin types will want to seal in moisture by using a moisturizer on top of the eye creams and serums applied in the previous steps. Look for a formula that is light yet great for targeting dry skin and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. Some popular formulations include avocado oil, seed oils, hyaluronic acid, and other ingredients to both moisturize and repair the skin. Double duty skincare is what we're about.

 

Sunscreen

If you’ve been paying attention to your skincare, then you understand the importance of sunscreen, now more than ever. But even if you haven’t, you can still prevent further signs of aging by wearing SPF 50 every single day, starting today. Look for a sunscreen that shields for both UVA and UVB rays. Both need to be guarded against. Also, because mature skin often has problems with dryness, you will want to use a sunscreen that offers hydrating or moisturizing elements, such as vitamin E concentrations, green tea leaf extracts, or other extracts known for their moisturizing properties.

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