Skin Care for Mature Skin
As we age, our bodies start to become less efficient and our general performance decreases. This process influences every organ system, including the skin. You might start to notice more wrinkles, age spots, dryness, thinner skin, taking away its smooth contours. Additionally, the skin starts to take more time to heal from injuries.
All of these findings are completely physiological and everyone will experience them at some point; however, not all people develop these signs at the same rate.
For some people, wrinkles might not be apparent until later on in their 40’s or 50’s while others start to experience them in their 30’s. One of the major factors that induces age-related deterioration to our skin is chronic exposure to UV light. UV light damages elastin found in our skin, which causes it to sag and lose its ability to restore its initial structure.
In this article, we will take a look at some skincare routine that you can apply to delay the aging process and make your skin look much younger.
Oxidative stress and the skin
Our cells use reactive oxygen species (ROS) to destroy foreign pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, which is part of the innate immune system response. ROS are kept in check by the naturally-occurring antioxidants found in our cells; however, this balance can be disrupted, and we start dealing with oxidative stress, which is defined as having too many ROS compared to antioxidants.
Oxidative stress can damage all organ systems, including the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and skin. You might be asking yourself right now, “what’s the source of this oxidation?”
The answer to this question is complicated and varies from one organ to another. For our purpose, we will only discuss oxidative stress that takes place in the skin.
Our skin is sensitive to foreign substances and irritation, so the use of skin products that contain harmful chemicals could be extremely damaging to it.
Additionally, the constant exposure to the sun, which emits ultraviolet light will stimulate the cell to produce more ROS. As a result, oxidation increases and antioxidants substances do not. In order to protect your skin from the detrimental effects of oxidative stress, you need to pick up a good skincare routine.
How to begin an antiaging skincare routine
Use a cream cleanser
Naturally, the skin is loaded with nutrients and natural oils; however, these substances start to disappear as we age, and the skin becomes dry over time.
Because of this dryness, it is crucial to use a nourishing cream to cleanse your skin instead of a foaming one. By using a cream cleanser, you will supplement your skin with all the necessary substances and restore its natural brightness.
Apply a serum
The main principle to keep in mind before choosing an anti-aging serum is to read the label and see which ingredients it contains. Two great ingredients that every serum should have are vitamin A and vitamin C; these two compounds have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties that can reduce the damage endured by your skin at the cellular level.
Use facial oil
As we mentioned earlier, the skin loses oils as it matures, resulting in a drier, non-smooth looking skin. This effect is further exacerbated by chronic exposure to UV light. To counter this process, start using a decent facial oil to nourish your skin cells again and help them maintain moisture for longer periods of time.
Always apply sunscreen
Interestingly, the sun can seem like the skin’s enemy. In fact, dermatologists classify the damage caused by the sun in a separate category known as photoaging.
In this case, the use of a sunscreen is essential since it blocks all that harmful UV radiation. It is also important to use it every day no matter how cloudy or cold it feels outside, because the sun’s rays are able to penetrate it.
In a 2016 study, researchers found that daily use of a large spectrum sunscreen can flatten out wrinkles, reduce age spots, and make the skin look smoother overall.
Overall, the results suggest that the daily use of a photostable, broad-spectrum sunscreen not only prevents additional photoaging but may improve some of the signs of accumulated photo-damaged.
Be careful with your makeup
Sleeping without removing your makeup is a big mistake for all age-groups. Makeup will clog up the pores of your skin, blocking its contact with the ambient air.
As a good common practice, you should be gentle when removing your makeup to avoid causing any more damage to the skin.
A well-prepared skincare routine could make your skin look younger and brighter. However, the internet is full of misinformation and false claims that only seek a quick profit, so you should activate your “scam-radar” before buying any product, especially if the promises are too good to be true.
Skin maturation is a physiological process that everyone goes through at some point in life, and while it’s true that we should try to slow down this process by taking better care of our skin, it is simply not possible to stop it altogether, hence the need to care for skin daily to prevent aging it prematurely.
If you have tried an anti-aging skincare routine before, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below, and if you haven’t, try these quick and easy steps for creating your first skincare routine!