Our skin changes as we age and needs to be treated differently in our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and so on. The harshest punishment women can inflict on their skin is, not changing the beauty regimen as required by the age.
As one hits the teen age, there is a surge of sex hormones, estrogen, androgen and progesterone, in the body which leads to hyper-activation of sweat glands, sebaceous (oil-producing) glands and hair follicles on the skin. Acne/Pimple is the most common teenage skin problems, caused by increased production of in oil or sebum. Most teenage skin problems get solved with proper use of Over-The-Counter (OTC) gels, lotions and creams. Washing face twice daily with a soap-free cleanser and use of a moisturizer as per the kind of skin (dry/normal/oily), typically summarizes the teenage skin care routine.
With age, the skin starts loosing the proteins elastin and collagen, which renders skin its plumpness and flexibility. It’s the reduction of these proteins that causes mature skin to become more fragile.
By your 30’s you will see the smile lines and forehead creases have deepened. The 40’s brings with it the crows feet, enlarged pores and a less-luminous-less –elastic- dry skin. The body’s chemical balance slows down, producing less oil & estrogen and skin repairs become slow.
Before further damage is done, proper care should be taken in analyzing the changes in skin and changing the beauty products accordingly. Not just any OTC product will solve the problem, its time to shop AGE SMART! Apart from sunscreen and moisturizer, start using anti-ageing products ,night creams, under-eye gels and exfoliator.
Mature skin requires a lot of supplements in order to maintain its luster and freshness, so pay attention to the formulas that constitute the beauty products you buy.
Moisturizer for mature skin:-
A moisturizer should be complemented with creams/serums containing at least two types of antioxidants like green tea, soy or lycopene. Since different antioxidants cater to different problems, it is good to keep altering so as to have maximum benefit.
Soy in particular, doesn’t dry out the skin and boosts collagen production, helping in improving skin luster.
Biopeptides in products can also help by stimulating cell production and sparing skin from dullness.
Look for hyaluronic acid, petrolatum, shea butter or oils, in moisturizers, to treat dryness.
When opting for cleanser, go for a creamy (rather than gel) cleanser morning and night, unless you can tolerate one with a mild AHA or salicylic acid once a day.
Night time treatment:–
While teen-skin needs just cleansing and moisturizing before going to bed, the mature skin needs a rather elaborate procedure before signing off every night. It is recommended to apply vitamin A in the form of either a prescription or OTC retinoid every night to stimulate collagen production, which will help smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of pores. As a bonus, retinoids can help lighten brown spots.
To over come under-eye circles, apply an eye cream or serum with vitamin A, C, E, or K, which can help repair the skin and lighten dark circles. If you use a serum, you’ll need a light eye cream on top of that to keep the skin hydrated. Skin experts advice women against mixing too many anti-aging products at once and over-exfoliating.
However, the best advice is, to always look confident in your skin, no matter what your age is, because it’s the twinkle that people notice, not the wrinkle!