Taking care of your skin is important at any age, but especially as we get older. This is because natural processes in our skin slow down as we age, meaning that we produce less collagen, less elastin, and less hyaluronic acid, resulting in drier skin that's more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
Aging is inevitable. It's also extremely beautiful and something that we should be proud we get to experience. Aging or "mature" skin is not a bad thing and never will be. It just means that you need to craft your skincare routine to fit your skin's needs. To help guide you on your new skincare journey, we've come up with some of our favorite skincare ingredients for mature skin, so you can find the best, most effective products for your skin.
What Does Mature Skin Need?
As we age, our skin goes through changes and loses certain characteristics, and gains others.
Mature skin is generally defined as skin that has become thinner and more fragile due to losing those key molecules we mentioned earlier (collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid).
Mature skin can also become more sensitive to environmental factors as the skin's rebuilding processes slow down. Because of this, choosing skincare ingredients that are extremely hydrating, moisturizing, and high in antioxidants can help prevent dehydration and boost skin's plumpness and brightness.
While taking care of your skin on the outside should be a critical part of your self-care routines, it's also vital to take care of your skin on the inside. Making sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and get oxygen pumping throughout your body through movement will keep your skin looking healthy and glowing from the inside out.
The Best Herbs, Oils, and Extracts for Mature Skin
Mature skin needs more moisturizing agents than it did when it was younger. That's where nourishing plant oils like avocado oil come into play.
Avocado oil is derived from avocados, meaning that your skin can enjoy all of those healthy fats the fruit is known for. This healthy oil is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich emollient that helps the skin maintain hydration and moisture levels while minimizing damage from free radicals. And because it is fat-soluble, it absorbs quickly into the skin and helps other ingredients better penetrate the skin.
Avocado oil may also influence your collagen. Though more studies are needed to know for sure if it's efficacious for improving collagen production when applied topically, it has been shown to protect the skin from sun damage thanks to concentrations of carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. The results? Moisturized skin with fewer wrinkles and more elasticity.
Jojoba oil is beautiful for balancing and nourishing mature skin as it closely resembles our skin's natural oils. Jojoba's lightweight consistency easily absorbs into the skin to soften, smooth, and provide long-lasting moisturization for mature skin. Jojoba oil has also been shown to soften facial lines and increase suppleness through continued use.
Carrot Seed Oil
When it comes to natural anti-aging oils, few are better than carrot seed oil. Composed of nearly 40% carotenoids plus antioxidant superstars vitamins A, C, and E, carrot seed oil can help repair skin damage, boost collagen, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Geranium oil is one of the best essential oils for mature skin as its astringent and antioxidant properties can reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well as prevent more from coming. In addition, geranium oil has been shown to reduce and prevent oxidative stress and boost the efficacy of sunscreen (another critical skincare product for any skin type).
Antioxidant rosemary leaf extract protects and prevents skin from active aging aggressors and is a must-have ingredient in your clean beauty routine. Rosemary contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants in the plant world. So it will reinforce blood capillaries, tighten skin, and give an overall more youthful glow. Rosemary is also extremely calming for those with dry or sensitive mature skin.
The best skincare ingredients make healthy skin a priority—behold, Avena Sativa (oat) extract. Oatmeal contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for soothing irritation and protecting the skin against ultraviolet rays. Plus, its high levels of starches and beta-glucans help preserve the integrity of our outermost layer of skin—making it perfect for those with mature skin.
Honey is an ancient skincare ingredient often referred to as "liquid gold" since its sweet nectar is full of medicinal benefits. You may already know of honey's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but did you also know that it is an amazing anti-aging ingredient?
Honey is incredibly soothing and rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids that help protect, repair, and prevent skin damage. It has also been shown to boost the production of collagen.
Lavender hydrosol is a refreshing, multi-purpose ingredient that's fabulous for mature skin. Not only will it help give mature skin the extra boost of hydration that it needs, but it also helps to support a healthy skin barrier by keeping our skin's natural acid mantle balanced and intact. Lavender hydrosol also helps calm skin damage and irritation and promotes regeneration on even the most fragile skin.
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Mature skin loves a rich, repairing facial oil, and this one by Clary Collection couldn't get any better. Featuring cold-pressed, unrefined avocado oil as its first ingredient, this oil is designed to deeply nourish, heal, and hydrate. And because avocado oil can help with the absorption of other skincare ingredients, we love it in a facial oil that's packed full of other vitamins, antioxidants, and healing plant extracts.
If you're on the hunt for a multi-use product suitable for sensitive, dry, mature skin: look no further than the Be Kind Double Duty Mist by Knours. This innovative mist features superstar ingredient jojoba oil in a hydrating concoction of aloe vera water, sugar cane extracts, and botanicals. You can shake the solution on those days when you're feeling drier or don't shake when you just want a light, soothing spray. Either way, it's totally fun.
Karisma's Ultimate Face Oil features both jojoba and carrot seed oil for a deep hit of moisture and antioxidant protection. Plus, these nourishing plant oils (alongside other EWG-approved emollients) instantly illuminate dull skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The coveted Face Serum by Clary Collection is packed with incredible antioxidants like carrot seed oil, geranium oil, and rosemary extract to rebuild skin elasticity, boost brightness, encourage cell turnover, and increase hydration.
Gentle exfoliation is key for youthful-looking skin, which is why we love this AHA mask by Freegirl. Rosemary extract and lavender hydrosol are paired alongside alpha hydroxy acids and exfoliating fruit enzymes to gently tone and boost skin's natural glow.
Sunscreen should be an essential part of your mature skincare routine to help prevent discoloration, collagen loss, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin cancer. And if your anti-aging ingredients are combined with your SPF? Even better. Solara Suncare offers this beautiful mineral-based sunscreen with nourishing plant extracts (like oat extract) that protect against UV rays, blue light, and pollution for overall skin health.
For those days when your skin needs a bit of a pick-me-up, reaching for this illuminating honey face mask is never a bad idea. Honey, marine botanicals, and natural plant extracts will instantly hydrate, increase skin elasticity, and protect with vitamin C and bioflavonoids.