A Simple Skin-Care Routine for Mature Skin Types
As you get older, you may start to notice wrinkles and fine lines on your complexion or experience a drier skin texture. While it may seem like you need to start stocking your skin-care shelve with a ton of anti-aging serums and face creams, we promise that creating a skin-care routine for mature skin doesn’t have to be complicated. Here, we’re breaking down a simple skin-care routine to get you started.
STEP 1: Wash Your Face With a Gentle, Hydrating Cleanser
Cleansing your skin helps to remove excess oil, dirt and other impurities from the surface before they have the chance to clog your pores. Because dry skin can exacerbate the look of wrinkles, you’ll want to make sure your cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of natural oils. One of our favorites is the CeraVe Cream-to-Foam Hydration Facial Cleanser. It’s packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated and healthy.
STEP 2: Slather On an Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Want to brighten your skin? Reach for the Lancôme L’Absolu Velvet Face Cream. The anti-aging moisturizer reduces the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, thanks to its formula that is infused with hyaluronic and glycolic acid. It also has SPF 30 to protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays and protect it from further signs of aging.
STEP 3: Use a Dark Spot Corrector
Between acne scars, sun damage, air pollution and hormonal fluctuations, dark spots are incredibly common. To help fight hyperpigmentation, try using Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, which promotes surface cell turnover to improve the look of dark spots and reveal younger-looking skin.
STEP 4: Try an Anti-Aging Eye Cream
With age, the skin around your eyes can start to thin and crow’s feet can become more noticeable. For an anti-aging eye cream that hydrates and plumps, we recommend the Lancôme Renergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream. It works to combat crow’s feet, eye puffiness and dark circles.
STEP 5: Apply Broad-Spectrum SPF
Regardless of age or skin type, you’re always at risk of sun damage. To protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, it’s important to apply an SPF of 30 or higher every day. We like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Antioxidant Serum SPF. This multi-use product not only helps defend and protect your skin from future sun damage, but its antioxidant-rich formula also works to improve the damage that has already been done. The serum-meets-sunscreen has a smooth, quick-drying texture, too.
STEP 6: Incorporate a Face Mask
Face masks are a great way to flood your skin with benefits in a short amount of time. When anti-aging is a concern, we recommend Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask. Formulated with bifidus extract and structured with a hydrogel matrix, the mask eaves skin feeling smooth and looking youthful and radiant after just ten minutes of use.
STEP 7: Add Retinol to Your Arsenal
If you're not using a retinol yet, now is the time to start. “Retinol can deliver increased collagen production at prescription strength, improve tone and even texture,” says board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Ted Lain. Try using the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 if you’re new to the ingredient. As soon as your skin is used to it, you can eventually work all the way up to Retinol 1.0. (Editor’s note: Retinol can cause skin sensitivity to sunlight, so be sure to apply it during evening hours only. During daytime hours, apply broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher and take additional sun protection measures.)
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