I always smile a little when I see the term “mature skin.” It just sounds so much better than “aging skin,” doesn’t it?
Our family has pretty good genes in the skin department, in terms of wrinkles. My sister wins the prize for that! She’s 71 years old, but you would never, ever, dream that she’s that age. (Plus, she’s stylish, active, and the life of the party!) She’s 6 years older than I am, but you would never know it.
I didn’t quite get that lucky in the skin department (or those other areas either), but my skin isn’t as prone to wrinkles as some. In my younger years, my skin was very oily, but now, it’s more “normalish.” A bit dry in the winter, less so in the summer. It’s sensitive and has always been a challenge.
Lately, I’ve been really taking a more proactive (less lazy?) approach to my sensitive, mature skin care, to keep my skin looking its best. Being consistent has really helped.
It took me a long time to find products that work well with my skin, so I thought I’d share what has helped me keep my skin more smooth and balanced. I realize that everyone’s skin is so different, but maybe some of these products could work for you, too.
My simple, basic skin care routine
I don’t spend a fortune, and I’ve found that I don’t really need to. I have tried many department store regimes, and because my skin is so sensitive, some of those products left my skin just as red and aggravated as some drug store products. Most of the products I use now are from the drugstore, simply because they are giving me the results I want. It took me a while to find the ones that worked for my sensitive, mature skin.
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In the evening, before bed, if I have makeup on my face, I start with the Neutrogena Ultra-Soft Cleansing Towelettes, to remove it. These wipes are gentle and kind to my skin.
After I’ve removed much of the makeup with the wipe, I wash my face with Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser. I like that it doesn’t strip my skin of moisture, but it doesn’t lay down any kind of oily feel, either. It’s antioxidant rich and doesn’t clog my pores.
I then apply a very light layer of CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. It has ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide, which is pretty impressive for a drug store lotion! These ingredients help calm and moisturize my skin. (After cleansing, many people use a serum first, before moisturizer. I haven’t landed on a serum I like yet, so I guess this first layer of lotion is my “serum.”)
I follow that light layer with a very light layer of Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer. (It probably seems weird to use this in the evening because it has sunscreen in it, but I just like the way it makes my skin feel, night or day.) A little of this moisturizer goes a long way. There is a night cream in this line also, but I’ve just been using the daily moisturizer.
Using light layers of both of these moisturizers seems to work better than just one of them alone.
In the morning, I rinse my face and pat dry. If it’s not feeling particularly dry, I just apply my sunscreen next. Usually, though, I apply the 2 light layers of the moisturizers I use in the evening and then apply the sunscreen. Depending on the season, my sunscreen varies, but right now, my favorite is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60. I love this sunscreen. It comes in both tinted and untinted. Lately, I’ve been using the untinted. It leaves my skin feeling balanced and protected. I never skip the sunscreen.
I’ve been taking a supplement from Life Extension called Skin Restoring Ceramides. It’s described as helping to give “healthy skin from within,” as the ceramides supposedly help maintain skin hydration. I’ve noticed a difference in my skin lately, and I don’t know which of the things I’m doing has contributed the most, so I’m going to continue to take these! Life Extension is a really reputable company, and I get quite a few of my supplements from them. Their formulations are research based and high quality.
Finally, I can’t leave out one of the most basic, yet important parts of a healthy skin care routine – water! The more water I drink, the better my skin seems to look.
Do you have a skin care routine? What has worked for you?