Tips and recipes for healthy, vibrant skin, no matter your age!
Mature skin care addresses the need to replenish low moisture reserves and address the signs of visible aging.
As skin ages, it loses the ability to maintain elasticity and becomes thinner due to loss of collagen and elastin. Loss of the fat layer leads to an insufficient lack of sebum and, often, patches of dehydrated skin.
The ingredients in natural skin care can help with all these issues without chemicals.
Mature skin can be affected by:
Intrinsic Aging, or Chronological Aging
We age. It just happens. Mature skin care can help, with a routine that addresses the loss of moisture and collagen levels.
This is caused by external factors, such as environment and lifestyle choices. Environmental aging is difficult to correct, and care needs to include exfoliating and preventing future damage.
Lifestyle aging is caused by poor nutrition, smoking, drinking or other lifestyle choices that have not been in the best interest of your appearance. Exfoliating, preventing future damage and anti-oxidants can help somewhat here, but it is difficult to reverse.
The most important factor in a mature skin care routine is to replenish the low moisture reserves. This is crucial in addressing the signs of visible aging - crepiness, wrinkles, dullness and dehydration.
Basic Mature Skin Care
- Wear a sunscreen every day
Sunscreen does more than just prevent sunburn, it also can reduce signs of aging (age spots and wrinkling), and significantly reduce your chance of getting skin cancer. The sun's rays can even affect your skin in indirect lighting. Think of plants that thrive in indirect sunlight. They still get the sun's rays.
You need a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or more.
- Get regular skin cancer exams
Those brown spots that have appeared need to be checked for any changes. Also, if you have developed actinic keratosis, it could be the first step to skin cancer. Just get them looked at! When detected early, the cure rate for skin cancer averages 95%.
- Be gentle with your skin
Even if you have acne-prone skin, use mild, non-irritating, natural products. Mature skin is easier to irritate and slower to heal.
- Moisturize regularly
Since the sebum production in skin slows as we age, regular moisturization is important not only for appearance but also for added skin protection.
A moisturizing agent with anti-oxidants can help heal, repair and prevent further skin damage. And - keep it simple! Mixing up your mature skin care with every product on the market can irritate and damage your skin.
- Use natural products
Irritating ingredients include chemical-based fragrances, alcohol-based toner, and cleansing with soaps that contain chemical foaming agents. Natural mature skin care will nourish your skin without the dangers or irritations of chemicals.
- Have an exfoliating program
Good exfoliation will get rid of skin cells that are not shedding as quickly as they did when you were younger. Exfoliated skin allows better skin function, and also allows moisturizers and skin nourishers to work to their maximum. Exfoliation also stimulates the skin, increasing blood flow.
Gentle mechanical exfoliation can be as simple as adding baking soda to your cleanser and massaging gently over your skin before rinsing.
Gentle chemical exfoliation can be in the form of AHA's found in fruit masks or apple cider added to your toner.
- Nourish your skin!
Mature skin care is all about improving the collagen and elastin content. It's important to maintain a good diet and supplement with Omega 3's, vitamins and minerals to keep your skin functioning at it's best.
- Drink water!
Drink 8-10 glasses of water and/or green tea per day. Water will help release build up of toxins under the skin, and help moisturize your skin from the inside.
- Get enough sleep
Sleep is downtime when our bodies repair. Adequate sleep (at least seven to eight hours a night) is ideal for allowing the body enough time to work against the effects of a day’s worth of exposure.
- Don’t smoke
Smoking limits the delivery of oxygen to your skin and constricts blood vessels, robbing your skin of blood flow.
- Use a humidifier
Moisture in the air is important, so adjust your thermostat to a lower, comfortable temperature in the winter to avoid drying the air, and sleep with a humidifier in the bedroom.
- Facial misting
Misting is a great to keep moisture next to your skin. Pour distilled or purifed water in to a fine mister, add a couple of drops of an essential oil that works especially for mature skin and mist your face throughout the day. Try helichrysum or rose.
Natural oils and essentials for mature skin care
- Sweet Fennel - has estrogen-like effects.
- Carrot Seed - a tonic for skin that has become dull and lifeless through any sort of stress.
- Blue Chamomile - anti-inflammatory, reduces allergic reaction
- Clary Sage - helps regulate and balance sebum, and has a component that mimics the effects of estrogen.
- Geranium - balances, tones, and soothes.
- Helichrysum- healing for damaged skin and reducing the appearance of scars.
- Lavender - anti-inflammatory and regenerative, the scent also helps stress levels.
- Rosemary - highly effective in regeneration due to the high amount of regenerative ketones, and improves the metabolism of skin cells.
- Rose - tissue regeneration and broken capilleries
- Sea Buckthorn - contains a high concentration of carotenes, which are related to vitamin A.
- Apricot Kernel - contains vitamin A and is mild and suitable for sensitive and prematurely aged skin.
- Avocado - vitamin rich, containing high amounts of Vitamin A, B vitamins, E and D, as well as amino acids, pantothenic acid, lecithin, sterols, and other essential fatty acids.
- Camelina - nourishing oil, containing Omega 3's, Vitamin E and anti-oxidants.
- Evening Primrose- anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, with high linoleic acid, needed to maintain healthy cells.
- Hemp - healing and regenerative.
- Meadowfoam Seed - high nourishment value, moisturizing and rejuvenating.
- Plum Kernel - nourishing, high in EFA's with no residue.
- Pomegranate Seed - deeply penetrating with powerful antioxidants. Nourishes and promotes cell regeneration.
- Rosehip Seed - the gold standard for mature skin, this oil fights against dry, weathered and dehydrated skin. Great for wrinkles and premature aging!
A blend is most effective for the best benefits, and can be used as a simple, therapeutic, moisturizing oil.
Mountain Rose Herbs has a wonderful blend for rejuvenating and hydrating damaged skin. The Wild Rose Facial Oil encourages healthy skin growth and minimizes scarring and damage to the epidermis.
Wild Rose Facial Oil contains:
Organic Calendula oil, organic Wild Rosehip Seed oil, organic Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil and essential oils of organic Lavender, Carrot seed and Helichrysum.
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Mature Skin Care Routine
Use warm water, as water that is too hot can dilate capillaries. Finish up with a splash of cool water to close pores and the stimulation will improve circulation (think hydrotherapy for your skin!)
1. Just plain water is great, unless you have been wearing cosmetics.
2. Honey is a great moisturizing, antibiotic option with a semi-acidic PH and glycolic acid benefits.
Honey can also be used with castile soap, for removing oily cosmetics:
Castile Soap and Honey Cleanser
- 1/2 C honey
- 4 T glycerin
- 1 T pure castile soap
- 10 drops clary sage essential oil
3. Cleansing Cream:
Rose Cleansing Cream for mature skin care
- 1 T cocoa butter
- 2 T plum kernel oil
- 6 T purified water
- 2 t glycerine
- 2 T rose hydrosol
- 1 vitamin E capsule
Make two "double boilers" by putting 2 bowls over 2 pans of water. Put the wax and oil in one bowl and the water, rose hydrosol and glycerin in the other bowl. Heat both gently until both bowls have warmed and/or melted ingredients. Remove from the heat and pour the water mixture into the oil mixture. Add the contents of the vitamin E capsule and whisk the mixture gently until it thickens into a cream. Store in a colored jar.
The outermost layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells, so exfoliation followed by a good moisturizer (while the skin is still damp) is important. An exfoliant can remove or “digest” dead skin cells, uncovering the skin layer below.
If you have sensitive skin, you want to use an exfoliant that will not harm or irritate your skin, so make sure to read the directions carefully! However, you do want to exfoliate so that the dead skin cells don’t sit on the skin, causing a rough appearance or magnifying the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Try a gentle scrub made by mixing baking soda with apricot kernel oil for a gentle scrub that won't strip your skin, and leaves it soft and hydrated.
Or, just add baking soda to your cleanser and cleanse and exfoliate at the same time!
Exfoliating Treatment Mask
Pineapple papaya exfoliating mask with alpha hydroxy acids:
- 1/2 C fresh pineapple
- 1/2 C fresh papaya
- 1 T honey
- contents of one wheat germ capsule
Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water.
Toning is an important step in any skincare regimen, because it balances the PH of your skin by adding an acid, and removes any last traces of cleanser and dirt.
A soothing toner for dry or mature skin care:
- 4 oz Witch Hazel
- 2 T Rose Hydrosol
- 1 t glycerin
A therapeutic moisturizer is needed for mature skin care. Here are a couple of great recipes.
Simple Moisturizing Oil:
- 1 T each Rosehip Seed, Plum Kernel and Avocado
- 10 drops each Helichrysum, Clary Sage and Rosemary
You can customize this to your specific needs and preferences. Just massage a couple of drops into your cleansed and tone face.
Use the Basic Moisturizer Recipe, substituting apricot kernel oil for the olive oil, and using 5 drops each carrot seed and lavender oils.
Even as your skin matures, a good mature skin care routine can help you have a more supple, glowing skin, and keep people guessing your age!
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