A Discussion on Care for Mature Skin
As we grow older, the years of sun exposure and the damage caused by it
reflect on our skin. In addition, as women get closer to their fifties, most
of them are either perimenopausal or menopausal. This causes further
changes in the skin brought on by lack of oestrogen and rising levels of
testosterone. Some typical changes we see in our skin as we age are:
♦ Skin laxity ♦ Dry skin ♦ Overactive sebaceous glands giving rise to
small growths on face such as sebaceous hyperplasia ♦ Acne, especially
along lower face ♦ Increased facial hair growth
A good skin care routine, as listed below, is very crucial for
people over 40 years of age:
Cleansing: Always use a creamy cleanser as it cleanses your skin
without over drying it. Use a nourishing body wash to clean your body.
Toning: Avoid using toners as these can dry your skin. If required, you
can use thermal water to hydrate and to refresh your skin.
Moisturising: Use a thick moisturiser that envelops the skin with
moisture. Apply it over your face and neck after cleansing. Make sure
to apply it on damp skin as this will help trap water in our skin and
retain hydration and youthfulness.
Sun Protection: This prevents blotchy complexion, reduces fine lines
and wrinkles and prevents skin cancer. The sun prematurely ages
our skin, which is a phenomenon known as ‘photoaging’. Use a broad
spectrum sunblock with UVA and UVB blocking daily at least 30 minutes
before going outside and reapply after sweating or washing face.
Certain Do’s and Don’ts for mature skin:
- Don’t forget to take special care of hands and feet. As we age, they tend
to get dry and cracked. Use a hand cream preferably after every hand
wash to soften your hands. Use a foot cream before bed, then put socks
over them to help lock in the hydration as you sleep.
- Avoid scrubbing skin as this may dry the skin further.
- Use an eye cream twice daily as it helps hydrate the eye area and
diminish the appearance of dark circles, under-eye bags and crow’s feet.
- Limit your time in the sun and always wear sunglasses.
- Use a good anti-aging night serum and cream containing vitamin C,
peptides, hyaluonic acid, retinol, glycolic acid, lactic acid etc. as it
nourishes and renews the skin with continued use over time.
- Take special care of your lips as they tend to dry and get cracked with
age. Use a hydrating lip balm 3-4 times daily. Also, use lipsticks and
glosses that won’t dry out lips.
- Eat healthy foods as a healthy diet promotes healthy skin. Try to eat
plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats.
- Consult a dermatologist at the earliest if you notice acne, excessive
facial hair or any growths or lumps on skin which may or may not
cause pain, bleeding or discomfort.