What is mature skin?
Contrary to what you may think, mature skin is not solely defined by your age. It also has to do with your lifestyle (such as sleep patterns and stress levels), environment (pollution), and habits (like smoking, diet or a lacking skincare routine). Although, around 35 year olds is when people tend to start displaying characteristics of mature skin.
What are some signs of mature skin? Lackluster complexion, dehydration, dryness, lack of tone and firmness, hyperpigmentation and age spots and fine lines are all signs of skin that is maturing.
Before we continue, let’s also talk about what a privilege it is to mature. Societal pressure to look a certain way can be overwhelming and make it tough to embrace forehead lines and crows feet, but we are here to remind you that mature skin is very much a natural consequence of time. We are lucky to be here and laugh lines are evidence of a well-lived life!
Regardless of age, healthy, happy skin will make you look and feel your best. We know that addressing concerns early on is best when it comes to mature skincare, so we’ve rounded up the best products formulated with mature skin in mind.
Consistency is KEY
A skincare regimen consistently carried out over a few weeks gives your skin time to balance oil production, bring moisture back into your cells and keep your complexion in happy equilibrium.
Remember, it takes time for products to work their magic. Jumping from one product to another can confuse your skin and lead to a ton of frustration, and you may never figure out what actually works.
You should also tailor your routine according to the season. Just like how we dress light in the summer and layer clothes to keep warm in the winter we should take a similar approach with our skincare!
Our clean beauty recommendations:
FOR THE MORNING
Cleanser: LILFOX Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm
This luscious cleansing balm helps plump skin and stimulate collagen production while ensuring that your moisture barrier isn’t stripped. Exotic Amazonian plant butters, hibiscus, willow bark and camellia oil are infused in a base of murumuru butter with a rich concentration of essential fatty acids. These offer soothing emollient properties to the skin by way of Omegas 3 & 6 and Pro-Vitamin A. Founder Alexis Rose recommends applying this to a dry face before stepping into the shower and allowing the steam to soften the balm, and then rinsing it off for soft, dewy skin.
Toner: Laurel Hydrating Elixir I
This elixir is a facial mist brimming with thirst-quenching ingredients for mature/dry complexions. The balancing formula is deeply hydrating and nutrient/antioxidant dense to leave your skin hydrated and prepped for your next product. And did we mention the glow? This elixir is incredibly rich in polysaccharides, B vitamins, enzymes, bioflavonoids, polyphenols, resveratrol, vitamin C, and plant humectants that mimic hyaluronic acid. Exactly what parched skin needs.
Pre-Moisturizer Treatment: Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum
This creamy (not oily) serum is made with a select blend of Hawaiian botanicals and enriched with bakuchiol – a plant-derived retinol alternative. Designed to hydrate, smooth, brighten and tighten; this unique formula penetrates easily into the skin to deliver concentrated nutrition, boosting your skin’s immunity by providing the nutrients needed for a youthful glow!
Eye Treatment: Indie Lee I-Awaken Eye Serum
Clinically proven to reduce dark circles and infuse skin with lasting hydration, this light-textured eye serum combines anti-fatigue ingredients like horse chestnut, mountain ash bud and witch hazel with chamomile, arnica and cornflower to refresh and nourish the delicate eye area. Antioxidant spirulina, blackcurrant leaf, and powerful humectants boost moisture for a smoother, firmer-looking appearance and an under-eye area that looks brighter, healthier and more well-rested.
Moisturizer: Free + True Skincare Mama Pacha Moisture Infusion Cream
This velvety rich daily moisturizer is formulated with ingredients that are known to flourish in the harshest environments, including arctic peptides, nutrient-rich botanicals and plant lipids. It delivers intense moisture long after application while improving the appearance of rough patches and supporting skin elasticity. P/S: This multitasker also works beautifully as a hand cream and an overnight mask.
Sunscreen: Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen & Primer
Infused with youth promoting antioxidants, this 3-in-1 product is a face moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup primer all in one. Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae and certified organic aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea help provide additional sun protection, moisture and hydration. Non-nano sized zinc-oxide not only protects the skin from the damaging UV rays, but it is also anti-inflammatory and helps soothe and calm the skin.
FOR THE EVENING
Cleanser: Wabi Sabi Botanicals The Giver Illuminative Ritual Cleanser & Makeup Dissolver
The Giver is a decadent oil cleanser that gently and effectively removes all traces of makeup, sunscreen and grime to reveal a clean, nourished, glowing complexion. The rich scent of roasted coffee beans envelopes you in calm while vitamin C and caffeine give skin a bright, smooth and even appearance. Founder Elysse Crabtree elaborates: “The Giver Ritual Cleanser is rich with nourishing fatty acids, potent antioxidants and more that are wonderful for dry and mature skin.”
Toner: Laurel Hydrating Elixir I
Eye Treatment: Indie Lee I-Awaken Eye Serum
Moisturizer: LILFOX Dewy Bean Dream Smoothing Bedtime Mask
This skin-refining mask is a highly effective nighttime resurfacing treatment for all skin types, especially, dry, mature and dull skin. It contains a generous concentration of clinically proven Dew Bean (also commonly known as Moth Bean), a protein and Vitamin-A rich legume that replaces conventional retinol for overnight results. While it polishes and plumps the skin, Niacinamide, Lactic and Glycolic Acids act as the formula’s lightworkers, gently lifting away dry skin, lightening dark spots and inspiring cellular renewal. Organic Aloe, Bamboo Extract, mini and micro molecules of Sodium Hyaluronate ensure pillowy soft skin by morning.
Facial Oil: Creation Skin Sanctuary LAETUS Matcha & Plum Oil
This calming, essential oil-free face oil is a purposeful blend of omega-rich cranberry seed and rosehip oils with plum oil to deliver regenerative phytonutrients and support healthy metabolic skin function. The formula also includes green tea, yarrow, sage, horsetail, and magnolia plant extracts to effectively soothe, combat oxidative damage and support cellular regeneration.
Targeting fine lines: Wabi Sabi Botanicals Ageless Face Serum
This reparative nighttime serum minimizes fine lines and wrinkles by plumping and repairing skin overnight. Its potency comes from Cacay Oil, a naturally occurring retinol to smoothen, Acai Fruit Oil to bring oxygen to the skin, Green Coffee Oil to fight free radicals and Lupine Extract to replenish collagen. Give your skincare a boost by adding a drop or two to your existing moisturizer or as an intensive night-time treatment.
Targeting hyperpigmentation: Free + True Skincare Bright Side Vitamin C Serum
Get your daily dose of concentrated vitamin C and B3 complex from this Vitamin C serum to effectively target uneven skin tone, sunspots, acne scars, and discoloration. Two clinically proven forms of stable, non-irritating Vitamin C stimulate cellular rejuvenation and collagen synthesis, while niacinamide balances sebum and fights breakouts. Amla, mulberry leaf, uvi ursi and licorice root support synergistic skin brightening effects for a healthy, radiant complexion.
Masking: Earthwise Beauty Imhotep’s Balsam Face Mask
This clay-free, restorative and hydrating face mask features fragrant elemi resin, birch tree bark, licorice and marshmallow roots to replenish moisture, repair, and deeply condition. Hawaiian alaea salt, chickweed, chamomile flowers and comfrey soothe, nourish and calm. Your skin feels immediately refreshed, deeply hydrated and visibly brighter.
You are beautiful
Finally? Look into your mirror and think about how your skin supports you throughout various activities during the day as you perform your daily skincare ritual and remind yourself of how beautiful you are. Next step – blissful sleep!
Note: Because every complexion is different, keeping a log of skin reactions can help you to figure out what ingredients are problematic for you. You should always perform a patch test of any new skincare product on a small part of your face or body before introducing it into your routine.