As we age, our skin calls for more advanced skincare. Products used in your younger years will no longer work for you in your older years as they don’t possess the powers to reverse the clock.
However, a new wonder cream hits the stores everyday with sky-high promises of younger looking skin, and it only makes the search for the best products harder and harder. This begs the question: What makes a quality skincare product for mature skin?
Read on to discover the different characteristics of effective skincare products you should have in your routine.
Great skin starts with a good cleanser. Facial washes now come in different consistencies like gel, cream, foam, etc. Depending on your skin type, some cleansers won’t work for you.
If you are acne-prone, you might need a stronger facial wash that completely strips the face of deep-seated dirt and excess oil. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to opt for a cleanser with milder and natural ingredients because strong washes can cause irritation.
Choose a facial wash that has adequate cleansing power without leaving your face feeling dry. Dry skin is a common problem for women with mature skin, so use a facial wash that cleanses well, but keeps your skin hydrated.
Some women consider toning as an optional step. We suspect this is because of misperceptions brought about by a lot of beauty magazines, dermatologists, and sales people of cosmetic products - and we totally understand why. Not all toners are created equal. Most contain alcohol which can disrupt skin’s natural pH level, but, if you know what to look for in a toner, one that suits your skin type, the benefits are huge!
A good toner can smooth, calm, nourish, and repair skin after cleansing. Choose a cleanser that is alcohol-free. Whether you have normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin, alcohol tampers your skin’s ability to produce collagen. Plus, it causes dryness and irritation that leads to formation of fine lines.
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The choice is seemingly endless when it comes to moisturises! From drugstore to high-end serums, creams, and gels, these products promise to take a few years off your face.
Most moisturisers contain humectants, occlusives, and emollients.
Humectant helps retain moisture (eg, glycerin, lactic acid).
Occlusive increases moisture level by providing a skin barrier (eg, triglycerides, sunflower oil, soybean oil).
Emollient softens skin and seals in moisture (eg, shea butter, cocoa butter).
So what makes a good moisturiser different from others? The secret is in finding a formula specifically for your skin type. Experts always recommend ‘non-comodogenic’ products to acne-prone skin because it won’t clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin, look for moisturisers labelled as ‘hypoallergenic’. For women with oily skin, look for water-based and oil-free moisturises. For dry skin, look for something richer and luxurious.
It may take a few tries here and there to see which moisturiser is perfect for you. However, once you’ve found the right one, make it a point to include it in your daily routine, and it will help plump up your skin, delay fine lines, and camouflage existing wrinkles.
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As we age, using eye cream is crucial. The eye area is probably the most sensitive part of the face because the skin is thinner. The delicate eye area needs special nourishment to prevent fine lines, dryness, and discoloration.
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Exfoliating your face helps get rid of dead skin cells and allows the healthy cells to breathe. It is recommended you exfoliate at least twice a week for a smoother and youthful complexion. You’ll also find it easier for moisturisers to get absorbed after exfoliation because your skin is free from dead skin cells, excess oil, and deep-seated dirt.
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Skin ageing is something you can delay with the right skincare products. Know your skin type and read the label. Always go for natural ingredients and stay away from chemical-laden products.