Unless they’re peddling anti-ageing cream, most beauty and skincare adverts focus on young, glamorous women looking carefree and fresh-faced. But what if you’re not concerned about turning back the clock, and simply want good skin care products for mature skin?
There are plenty of ways to take care of your skin as you get older, even if they’re not being marketed to you on TV. We’ve picked out some of the best sources on the web for mature skin care tips.
Tips for taking care of mature skin
Many people assume that beauty products will improve their skin – but what you eat also counts for a lot, as this Boots WebMD article explains. Eating a well-balanced, nutrition-rich diet can do wonders for your skin in the long term. If you smoke, stopping could also have beneficial effects, as could reducing your alcohol intake.
If you’re already living a healthy life, exercising regularly and getting your 5-a-day, it’s time to start thinking of taking care of your skin from the outside. And one of the best things you can do to protect your skin is to wear sunscreen every day – even in the UK, in the winter. That’s because the sun’s rays can damage skin and cause it to age more quickly. So make sure you apply sunscreen to your face and neck (and other bodily areas, when they’re exposed) every morning, or more often if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Shop around for an effective formula – this article in the Independent lists 11 of the best sunscreens has prices to suit a range of budgets.
The Guardian also has some tips on how to keep older skin looking young, while expert Julynne Derrick imparts these 20 skincare tips every woman over 50 should know (though some of them are relevant to men too). Both suggest non-surgical treatments like Botox and collagen induction therapy, among a host of other daily skincare tips.
Choosing the right mature skin care products
If you’re planning to invest time and money into choosing the right products for mature skin, it’s worth shopping around and reading reviews from other people who share your gender, age and skin type. The important thing is to find the right products to suit you, whether it’s Nivea’s affordable mature skin range or more pricey brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Liz Earle (who has some great mature skin care tips on her website).
For a broad overview of what’s on offer, Red magazine’s article on the best mature skin products is a good introduction to the different types of products you can get – from face oils to pore milk, as well as regular creams. And don’t forget about natural products like Argan oil, which is sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’ thanks to its range of skincare and haircare benefits. Rich in vitamin E, it’s great for moisturising mature skin and giving it a boost when it needs it. Plus, it’s a fantastic conditioner for hair too – so even though it can be expensive, you can use it in a multitude of ways.
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