Every stage in life comes with its own unique set of skin woes.
In adolescence, most of us were preoccupied with zits and breakouts.
Later on, it is all about achieving a balanced, blemish-free complexion.
And yet, as we age, our bodies all go through the same processes – the collagen production slows down, cell turnover diminishes and skin gradually becomes brittle and drier.
As a result, we notice an increased number of fine lines, dark spots and other signs of aged skin.
In order to mitigate symptoms premature aging, you can tweak your beauty regimen in a way that will specifically address these concerns.
To that aim, we have created this essential guide that will help you make the first steps towards a well-rounded, age-rewinding skin care routine.
With some luck, it will help you keep your skin plump and youthful looking – for years to come.
1) Add More Moisture
Dryness is one of the tell-tale signs of aged skin.
As we grow older, the outer layers of our skin become thinner and, as such, more prone to breakage and inflammation. Moreover, our sebaceous glands reduce the production of natural oils in the skin, especially after menopause.
This loss of fat layer causes your complexion to look sallow and worn-out.
That’s why moisturizing is one of the most important tenets of anti-aging beauty philosophy.
By supplying your skin with all these cell-boosting nutrients, you will be able to diminish signs of aging, but also protect it from further damage.
Even though face creams are the crown jewel of every skin care routine, there are other products that can also be used to replenish your cells with all the complexion-boosting goodies.
For example, serums, which are applied right after you’ve toned your skin, have the ability to penetrate deep into your cells and feed them with a high concentration of active ingredients that can help firm and brighten your complexion.
Whenever in a skin care emergency, you can also treat your face to a rejuvenating sheet mask, a skin-benefitting innovation has taken the world by storm. Since there are as many sheet masks as there are skin concerns, make sure to find one specifically designed to target symptoms of aging skin.
Finally, we get to moisturizers, which should ideally be able to lock in all the previous moisture and help form a protective barrier on the skin to protect it from external irritants.
When deciding on the best face cream for anti-aging purposes, it’s crucial that you pay attention to the ingredients.
Some of the most powerful components in the battle against dull skin and fine lines include:
Finally, don’t forget to invest in a nighttime formula, as well. Sleeping packs and masks can do all the hard work for your skin while you catch up on sleep.
2) Tackle Signs of Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation refers to those areas of your skin that have an increased amount of melanin, a dark pigment.
There are many causes for this condition, both internal and environmental, such as prolonged sun exposure, pregnancy and various illnesses.
In certain cases, the symptoms of hyperpigmentation cannot be completely eradicated.
However, you can still minimize their appearance, but also prevent your skin from developing new age spots.
And one of the best weapons in that fight is Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that possesses incredible skin-brightening properties.
To maximize on the benefits of this complexion-boosting agent, invest in a serum or spot treatment infused with high concentration on Vitamin C.
You can apply it as a part of your nighttime routine on targeted areas or all over your face.
Over time, continuous use of Vitamin C serums will help fade your spots and contribute to a more balanced complexion.
3) Wear Sunscreen Every Day
If there is any external factor that will accelerate signs of premature aging, it’s the sun.
Increased sun exposure can dry out your skin, emphasize dark spots and make fine lines and wrinkles even more pronounced.
That’s why every thought-out skin care routine should wrap up with high-quality sunscreen.
Forget about all those thick and heavy creams that made your zits rage and your complexion look positively undead.
These days, facial sunscreens come in refined, grease-free formulas that are quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving behind virtually no traces.
When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, it’s paramount that you apply enough product.
If we’re talking about the area around your face, this means at least a tablespoon amount of sunscreen which you can use apply with your fingers.
Make sure to bring it down to your neck, décolletage and any other areas that might be directly exposed to the sun.
If you’re not sure which SPF is the right one for you, you might want to consider your skin tone and whether you are prone to sun-related allergies. In general, you should go for SPF 30 and above.
Your sunscreen should be applied at least 20-30 minutes before you get out in the sun, so your skin would have enough time to properly absorb it.
Don’t forget to protect your lips, as well!
Coat them every day with SPF-infused lip balm to prevent breakage and sun-related damage.
4) Re-think Your Diet
It goes without saying that skin care is an important element of a good anti-aging routine.
However, if you want to contribute to a more rounded and effective anti-aging routine, you should pay attention to what you eat as well.
Your everyday diet can greatly influence the appearance of your skin.
For example, consuming substantial amounts of processed carbs and refined sugars can contribute to more pronounced signs of aging.
Exposure to refined sugars prompts the creation of the so-called “AGE” molecules (advanced glycation end-products). Not only are they bad news for your skin, they can also be a factor for developing or exacerbating various degenerative health conditions.
That’s why dumping them out of your diet should be a no-brainer.
For healthy alternatives, look into body-boosting fruits and berries.
Bite-sized treats like blueberries and blackberries are not only a convenient option for mid-day snacking, they are also laden with antioxidants, which can help in the battle against free radicals and contribute to a more youthful complexion.
And to make your skin plumper and more voluminous, look into food enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids.
This nature-derived agent will revitalize skin and help fill out fine lines.
Ingredients rich in Omega-3 fatty acids include:
- Fish (tuna, mackerel, herring)
- Chia seeds
- Soy beans
Not only will these healthy fats replenish your skin with age-defying nutrients, they will also contribute to your overall health.
5) Cut Alcohol and Cigarettes
If you’re looking to start building healthy routines that smoking and excessive alcohol consumption simply cannot be the part of the equation.
Not only is smoking one of the most prevalent health hazards, it can also wreak havoc on your skin.
When you smoke, the blood vessels in your body begin to shrink, leading to a decreased amount of oxygen and nutrients that are supposed to replenish the outer layers of your skin.
When your skin is robbed of these substances, it becomes more vulnerable to environmental pollutants.
Moreover, it becomes more prone to the creation of free radicals, which can then cause harm to the elastic tissues that are keeping your skin supple and firm.
As a result, you will start to see more visible signs of aging, including dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
Alcohol consumption has a similar effect on your body.
Acute consumption of alcoholic drinks causes dehydration, which can cause sallow, grey-tinted complexion in the morning.
Long-term consumption of alcohol can lead to burst capillaries, bloating and rosacea.
Moreover, high alcohol intake can also contribute to the creation of the dreaded AGE molecules, which impede the production of collagen and make your skin look sullen and devoid of glow.
6) Take Care of Your Hands
Even though we may be diligent in taking care of our precious face and neck, the first signs of aging can actually appear on your hands.
Hands, much like the face, tend to be most exposed to harmful environmental factors, which explains why they develop rough patches and age spots before other parts of your body.
In order not to let hand-related aging symptoms sneak up on you, make sure that nourishing your mitts becomes a part of your day-to-day routine.
For example, avoid washing your hands with scorching water and astringent soaps. Opt instead for milky, moisturizing hand washes and lukewarm water.
In the winter, make sure your hands are always protected with gloves or mittens, so they aren’t exposed to harsh weather conditions and sub-zero temperatures.
Furthermore, make sure to invest in a good, non-sticky hand cream and apply it every time after you’ve washed your hands.
When you’re out and about, carry a travel-sized version of your hand moisturizer and use it whenever your hands need an extra dose of hydration.
In the evenings, feel free to liberally apply your hand moisturizer, as this is when your hands don’t come into contact with other objects.
Finally, keep your nails neat and nurtured.
Filing them to a natural shape and keeping your cuticles in check can instantly make your hands look years younger.
Clear or skin-toned nail polish will help you achieve a healthy, natural appearance.
7) Gravitate Towards Liquid Makeup
We have already established that dry, shine-free texture is a definite no-go when it comes to mature or aging skin.
Since overuse of matte formulas and powders can only emphasize fine lines, rough patches and other imperfections, it is advised for people with aging skin to gravitate towards more liquid, moisturizing formulas.
By opting for these hydrating products, you will be more successful in achieving that supple, dewy look that is associated with youthful skin.
In practical terms, this means ditching compact or full-coverage foundations in favor of lightweight, watery base products such as BB creams and tinted moisturizes.
Not only will these help you achieve a more natural finish, they will also supply your skin with various nutrients, as well as protect it from sun’s harmful rays.
To avoid the overly-done, streaky appearance, apply the product using clean fingers or a beauty sponge. This will help you achieve a flawless, yet breathable look.
Next up, cover up your blemishes and under eye circles using a featherweight, light-reflective concealer instead of those cakey, highly-pigmented formulas.
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive area on your face, so make sure to avoid any pulling or tugging.
To give your cheeks a flush of color, go for a creamy blusher. You can apply it with a makeup sponge or a beauty blender. Not only will these products be more in sync with your skin, they also won’t emphasize any age-related imperfections on your face.
When you have visible signs of aging, you should go easy with the highlighter, as applying it too liberally can be counter-effective and end up emphasizing your flaws. Instead, focus only on the high points of your face: cheekbones, arches of the brow bone and cupid’s bow.
Instead of setting your makeup with powder, try using a setting spray instead.
This will lock in all your hard work without creating that unflattering, overly-mattified look.
8) Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Everyone already knows that regular exercise is essential for your body and your overall health.
In the same vein, working out can also help with a host of skin care issues.
Every time you up your heart rate through exercise, you boost the production of blood and various nutrients into your skin cells.
Moreover, when you run, swim or do any other type of workout, your body releases endorphins, which can help reduce stress levels and relieve symptoms of anxiety.
And a calm, mindful lifestyle can also reflect on your skin, especially when you take into consideration that stress is one of the main culprits for a number of skin care concerns.
Hopefully, this guide has helped illuminate some of the basic mature age skin concerns and the ways to tackle them successfully. Even though we can’t make time go backwards, it is absolutely possible to have healthy, beautiful skin at any age.