Creating an effective anti-ageing skincare routine is tricky. It can also turn out to be even trickier when you are dealing with mature skin. There are multiple factors which contribute to the ageing of our skin and most of them are beyond skin deep. Moreover, the market is flooded with a myriad of anti-ageing products that claim to prevent, as well as reverse ageing.
How often do you stroke your jawline with a hope that someday it will remember where it used to sit? Only the mirror knows your untold story of ageing in which you battle wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess, and age spots relentlessly, but still end up losing. Sad, but true.
Anti-ageing is undoubtedly the biggest deal in the skincare industry. After all, who doesn’t want to look attractive with an unblemished and young-looking complexion? However, it is easier said than done than said, especially when you have mature skin.
From the latest facial massage to the innovative face bra – you may try everything to get back the lost elasticity of your skin. However, nothing will work unless you create a well-rounded skincare routine to address the underlying factors that promote ageing.
Unfortunately, many of us may find the anti-ageing product market overwhelming. In fact, with so many lotions and potions out there promising to turn back the clock, it is pretty natural to feel bombarded at first glance or fall for gimmicks and hype.
Super Hydrating Formulas
The secret lies in finding the super hydrating formulae. It should have potent anti-ageing ingredients that can prevent, as well as reverse, the visible signs of ageing in a gentle manner.
Well, we know you are desperately looking to give your mature skin a youthful boost. But worry no more as we have done all the hard work for you, so you can just focus on taking care of your skin.
Factors Contributing to the Ageing of the Skin
The ageing of your skin is neither a linear process nor curable with a magic antidote. While the clinical phase of ageing is 45 years or higher, there are a number of surprising, yet sneaky factors, that impact the tone and elasticity of your skin negatively much earlier than that.
Your genes determine almost 30% of your ageing process, which is known as chronological ageing. It contributes to exhaustive changes (structural, functional, and metabolic) in your skin and is, naturally, less controllable.
Do you frequently get exposed to pollution in the air? Chances are high that you will not be able to escape lines, creases, and blemishes, thanks to the free radical damage caused by it.
Continuous consuming of sugary and highly processed food in a regular manner can result in firm skin sagging. This will only make you look older than you actually are.
Ever wondered why Kim Kardashian never smiles in photos? Well, this is because your facial expressions represent your most prominent emotions that can get etched into your skin and ultimately result in annoying frown and smile lines.
Stress and Anxiety
Excessive stress and prolonged anxiety are responsible for severe cell damage. This not only shows up on the face through dullness but also accelerates ageing by inhibiting the skin’s natural repairing ability.
The sun is the biggest enemy of your precious skin. Overexposure to the ultraviolet sunlight (both UVA and UVB) causes photo-ageing, which breaks down collagen and leads to oxidative damage. This then results in wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and sunspots.
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Poor Sleeping Habits
Getting the right amount of beauty sleep is extremely important. If you do not get enough deep sleep every day, your cells fail to regenerate and your skin ends up ageing more rapidly. Furthermore, when you sleep on the same side of your face all the time, you wrinkle up the skin mechanically that can then become permanent over time.
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Bad Lifestyle Choices
The more you make bad skincare choices like smoking, drinking, etc., the more your skin develops signs of ageing. These kind of signs can showcase through age spots, wrinkles, and sagginess.
Wrong Beauty Practices
Miracle anti-ageing products may give you overnight results but they cause irreparable damage to your skin. In fact, they can make it look even more mature eventually.
Facial cleansers that are not-so-gentle to your skin can distress its delicate moisture barrier, thereby leaving it creased and saggy.
Sleeping with Makeup On
Do you sleep with your makeup on? You are increasing your risk of ageing and making things a whole lot worse!
Skincare products that help prevent ageing
The trickiest part of sourcing the correct products for anti-ageing is choosing the best products. It’s important that they can feed your skin from the inside out. Doing so will help prevent the emergence of wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots, etc.
Pick a gentle and rich cream-based cleanser with low pH and replenishing oils. Make sure that it comes with deep cleansing agents as well as micro-exfoliating LHA (lipo hydroxy acid) for complete rejuvenation of your mature skin.
Invest in a high-quality broad-spectrum SPF (30 or higher) that is fast-absorbing, water-resistant, and moisturising too. Regular application, as well as, reapplication of it is a must for fighting wrinkles and preventing ageing.
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When it comes to maintaining firm skin and averting other visible signs of ageing, we recommend that you rely on a rich serum. The serum should have a high concentration of skin-benefiting elements. Doing so will also improve the tone and texture of your skin significantly.
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A multi-targeted daytime moisturiser containing glycolic acid is perfect for counteracting ageing. Glycolic Acid helps the skin retain elasticity, all by providing intense moisture whilst retexturing the surface of the skin and adding a radiant glow to it.
Boost the self-repairing capacity of your skin with a thick and creamy night-time moisturiser that has humectants (glycerin, hyaluronic acid, etc.). Doing so will not only help you stay away from wrinkles and age spots but also give your skin a soft and glowing appearance.
Which Key Ingredients Can Reverse Ageing?
Prevention is, indeed, better than cure. However, you can even turn the clock back and erase years of damage from your mature face with the best-studied anti-ageing ingredients.
So, whilst choosing from a dizzying array of formulae, look for ‘antioxidants’ on the labels. These products can come in a variety of forms and all of them possess remarkable replenishing and restoring properties. Below are the most reliable versions of age-reversing antioxidants:
This vitamin A derivative stimulates collagen production. It also increases cell turnover in the photo-aged skin to keep dryness, wrinkles, and age spots away.
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When used in its natural form (tocopherol), vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E curtails free radical damage that is caused by environmental stressors.
Being a water-soluble vitamin, with potent antioxidant properties, it gets absorbed into the skin fast. This promotes collagen synthesis to minimise blemishes and lines.
Green Tea Extract
It comes packed with ‘polyphenols’, which ease sun damage, reduce fine lines, and improve the appearance of sagging skin.
When the skin lacks its elasticity and develops creases, all you need is the topical application of hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate and smooth it out.
Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10)
Including this antioxidant in your skincare routine will help you make your slack skin firm again, especially around the eyes, by zapping free radicals.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Being a naturally-occurring antioxidant in human cells, ALA adds a healthy glow to the skin. It does so by eliminating the effects of free radical damage.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) 5-10%
When used daily this group of acids helps make the mature skin free of uneven texture, wrinkles, and brown spots.
AHAs include glycolic, lactic, etc.
Tip: Skip products that come with harsh ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), alcohol, fragrance, etc.
Anti-Ageing Skincare Routine for Mature Skin
Got ready with all age preventing and youth-restoring wonder products in your arsenal? Just seeking a perfect regime to make them work for your mature skin?
We’ve listed a simple and effective skincare routine below. Our routine should gently take care of your skin to keep it firm, radiant and healthy.
Be diligent about cleansing your skin every morning and night. Lather it up with lukewarm water and massage onto your face by following a gentle circular motion.
If you are not using an exfoliating cleanser, then be sure to use a chemical exfoliate. Use this at least once every week. Scrub your face with your fingertips or a soft, clean washcloth and follow small circular moves only.
Put on a Serum
Smooth 4-5 drops of serum (or facial oil) over your entire face. Make sure it is absorbed by moving your fingers in an upward and outward motion. Be sure to do this twice a day to stimulate cell renewal and reduce fine lines.
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Apply and Reapply SPF
Never ever miss your SPF and keep reapplying it every 2-3 hours throughout the day. Broad-spectrum sun protection is indispensable for improving the elasticity of mature skin.
Make sure to start slathering on a rich day cream whilst starting your day. And, importantly, be sure to use an even richer night cream before going to bed. You may need to moisturise your skin in between to keep it hydrated and firm.
Tip: Avoid rubbing and tugging your skin during cleansing or application of skincare products. This is in order to protect your fragile, mature skin from trauma.
For more age-specific anti-ageing routines, check out our article on How to Take Care of Your Skin in Your 30s by clicking here.