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Facial care for mature skin

Let’s talk science01.06.22 8 min. read

A radiant, firm and plump skin stands for physical and mental health, beauty, youthfulness and vitality. We simply feel more comfortable with such skin and appear more confident. This should not change with age. Unfortunately, the skin's own self-renewal and repair processes, as well as the moisture and lipid content of the skin, diminish over the years - it becomes flabby and wrinkles form. Therefore, as you age, your skin needs a richer skin care regimen or products that address all of its needs. Here we explain what you can do to keep your skin fresh, healthy and smooth for as long as possible.  

  • Facial care for mature skin
  • Causes for skin aging
  • Cleansing mature skin
  • Ingredients in face creams for care of mature skin over 50
  • Facial care free of animal testing
  • Do it yourself facial care
  • Conclusion on facial care for mature skin
  • FAQ
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    Facial care for mature skin

    Of course, your skin does not suddenly become old from one day to the next. However, the process of change begins around the age of 25 and progresses continuously depending on individual factors.

    First, cell division slows down, so that your skin needs more time for regeneration. From the age of 30, your sweat and sebaceous glands lose activity - your skin increasingly shows signs of dryness, especially in winter.

    By the age of 50, slowed skin renewal leads to localized accumulation of pigment and connective tissue loses elasticity. Age spots and deeper wrinkles may form, and the skin becomes less firm.

    Overall, as symptoms of mature facial skin may appear as:

    • Loss of elasticity and firmness
    • Feeling of dryness and even itching
    • lines, wrinkles and deep folds
    • thinning skin, redness, dilated, translucent veins, hemangiomas
    • a tired and sallow complexion
    • increased sensitivity to external stimuli
    • prolonged wound healing
    • pigment spots (so-called age spots) [1; 2].

       

      Causes for aging skin 

      You probably already know, but how fast your skin ages depends largely on your diet and lifestyle. Drivers for skin aging can be, for example:

      • UV radiation
      • a one-sided, sugar- and fat-heavy diet
      • prolonged stress (promotes inflammatory reactions and reduces blood flow to the skin)
      • insufficient recovery phases and/or lack of sleep
      • stimulants such as tobacco and alcohol
      • lack of exercise in fresh air
      • too many and/or the wrong cosmetics
      • lack of fluids due to insufficient hydration
      • hormonal changes like during menopause
      • genetic predisposition [1; 2].

         

        The skin's metabolism, the formation of new collagen, cell division and blood circulation are now increasingly weakening, the connective tissue of strengthening collagen, stretchable elastin and plumping hyaluronic acid is losing its firmness. Your skin also needs much longer to regenerate.

        Once wrinkles have appeared, it is difficult to do anything about them with creams (and without invasive measures such as Botox and the like). It is therefore important that you prevent skin aging at an early stage with suitable face creams, by providing your skin with plenty of moisture at a younger age and ensuring a good work-life balance.

        Skincare needs for mature skin over 50

        With your mature skin, you should no longer experiment much, but already know its needs. It now needs a gentle care routine of cleansing and face cream that does not additionally dry out and strain your skin. Your skin care can be richer (especially at night), moisturize, plump up your complexion and fill in fine lines. But what does that mean exactly? 

        Cleansing of mature skin

        It is best to use a pH-neutral or slightly acidic, lipid-replenishing milk, cream or emulsion for cleansing, which also contains moisturizing substances such as hyaluronic acid. It should not contain emulsifiers such as polyethylene glycol (PEG), surfactants such as sodium laureth sulfate, artificial solvents, preservatives such as parabens, fragrances or dyes, which dissolve fats from your skin and can also lead to skin dryness, loss of elasticity, irritation or allergies.

        Alcohol compounds such as alcohol denat., benzyl or (iso-)propyl alcohol, which dry out the skin, form free radicals and can lead to premature skin aging, are also rather bad for the skin at this stage.

        Wash your face in the morning with lukewarm water only and use a cleansing, pH-neutral product in the evening. Glucosides are ideal as washing-active substances that do not dissolve the fats from the skin's own barrier layer. Suitable toners and facial toners remove the last traces of dirt from your face and prepare it for subsequent care.

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        Ingredients in face creams for the skin maintenance of mature skin over 50

        In the field of anti-aging creams, there are many innovative offers that are supposed to conceal wrinkles. But now it's all about counteracting the symptoms of your mature skin such as tightness, dryness, irritation with moisturizing factors and lipids and stimulating cell metabolism.

        The facial care of your mature skin should contain some natural and high-quality active ingredients from natural cosmetics, rather than high-tech substances from the laboratory. Regardless of which anti-aging products you choose: As with cleansing, artificial additives can accelerate the skin aging process and should be avoided in your face cream.

        During the day, your care can include firming substances that slow down the aging process and give your face a plump and vital appearance. Overnight, it should be treated with more oily creams (W/O emulsions) with regenerating substances. Good ingredients for your skin from 50, 60 and older include:

        • Hyaluronic acid, lactate, betaine, glycerin as moisturizers.
        • Urea as moisturizer and lipid regulating substance against itching
        • Bisabolol or panthenol to soothe the skin
        • Poly-(collagen) peptides such as tetrapeptide-21 to stimulate cell metabolism and regeneration and to soften deeper wrinkles [4].
        • lipid-replenishing substances such as shea butter, ceramides, dexpanthenol (provitamin B5), organic vegetable oils with skin-own lipids, which strengthen the skin barrier and prevent cornification disorders such as almond, grape seed, evening primrose, wild rose, jojoba or avocado oil, ceramides, unsaturated fatty acids, cholesterol
        • nourishing plant substances such as aloe vera as a moisturizer and wheat germ extract to calm the skin
        • vitamins A (retinol), vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, polyphenols from green tea as antioxidants and to stimulate cell metabolism and collagen formation
        • good alcohols such as cetyl, cetearyl, behenyl and stearyl alcohol as lipid-replenishing substances that strengthen your skin barrier
        • a sun protection factor with UV-A and UV-B protection [1; 2; 3; 5].

        Facial care for mature skin not tested on animals

        If you are looking for a face cream for mature skin that is not tested on animals, we recommend our rich cream The Glow with the best ingredients from nature. The care contains smoothing camellia seed oil, moisturizing Ceylon cinnamon tree bark and lactic acid, regenerating glycerin, soothing panthenol, glycerin triheptanoate for a velvety soft skin feeling and zinc salt as a natural sunscreen.

        Combined with a daily pampering ritual, our cream gives your needy skin everything it needs for a clear complexion and a firmed skin structure. Take a small amount of cream in your hands, warm it up and enjoy its unique scent before applying it to your face in a gentle circular motion.

        Breathe deeply to give yourself a moment of peace and relaxation for your soul. This way, your skin can be made to glow from the inside and outside. The experiences of numerous users show that The Glow effectively soothes the skin, intensively moisturizes it and creates a pleasant skin feeling.

        Do it yourself skincare for aging skin

        In between, you can soothe, nourish and pamper your skin with a homemade cream or mask made from natural ingredients. They are guaranteed without artificial additives and easy to integrate into everyday life. Find a suitable recipe for your cream or mask, pay attention to organic farming when buying the ingredients and to special hygiene during production by preparing your face care fresh in small portions each time. Suitable ingredients for your personal natural cosmetics are, for example: 

        • anti-inflammatory honey
        • cold pressed, non-comedogenic oils like almond oil
        • moisturizing avocado, apple, cucumber, lemon, tomato, banana
        • balancing, vitalizing, antibacterial and regenerating (organic) protein
        • cottage cheese or natural yogurt [3; 6] 

        Bottom line for facial care for mature skin

        Mature skin is particularly thin-skinned and reacts more quickly to environmental stimuli with inflammation and blemishes. What it needs are creams with plenty of moisture and lipids to smooth wrinkles and rebuild the skin barrier.

        Bestsellers in the 50+ skin care sector often advertise hyaluronic acid for healthy, plump skin - and rightly so. Not only can hyaluronic acid store many times its own weight in water, it can also boost skin metabolism.

        Your cream should also contain antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E, which protect it from further free radical damage and also boost skin metabolism.

        Soothing substances like panthenol put the skin in a better condition and peptides strengthen the connective tissue. When buying your face cream for the day, make sure that it also has a sun protection factor. The night cream may be richer or more fatty and contain substances that support the skin's own regeneration even more.

        FAQ

        What face cream is good for mature skin?

        The market with anti-aging creams is huge and offers an almost confusing amount of products. The manufacturers of the cosmetics industry create new active ingredients in their laboratories at regular intervals, which are supposed to be able to perform apparent miracles for customers. However, anti-aging for the skin does not mean as new and as much as possible. Rather, your skin needs a face cream with natural substances that compensate for deficiencies in the skin layers without overburdening them. Effective anti-aging care must therefore contain moisturizing factors such as hyaluronic acid, refatting substances, lipids, antioxidants (such as retinol and vitamins), soothing substances and peptides that meet the needs of mature skin and are as similar as possible to the skin's own structures. Face creams from natural cosmetics, which are free of artificial additives, are ideal for this purpose.

        What face cream to use from age 65?

        Creams for skin aged 65 and over do not differ significantly in their ingredients from those for skin aged 50 and over. The skin type, essentially dry and sensitive, remains similar, the skin at most becomes even thinner, shows more wrinkles, continues to lose elasticity and appears more needy. At the same time, the skin's own repair and rebuilding processes continue to slow down. Therefore, the ingredients in appropriate facial creams (such as retinol) may be in more concentrated form. To support the skin's own barrier layer, you now need products with valuable, non-comedogenic plant oils with a high proportion of lipids, for the connective tissue additional collagen and elastin as well as hyaluronic acid, which strengthen the anti-aging effect. Your cream for the day may contain a higher UV protection to counteract the further aging process by free radicals.

        What face cream for age 60?

        From the age of 60, your complexion increasingly needs moisture, collagen production decreases. Your face cream should therefore contain valuable oils that strengthen the barrier layer and counteract transmembrane moisture loss. Together with natural moisturizing factors such as hyaluronic acid, betaine, urea or shea butter, lactates to maintain the acid mantle, proteins such as collagen and elastin, vitamin C for skin metabolism, retinol (vitamin A derivative) for cell division and vitamin E for regeneration, you give your skin back what it lacks. The substances counteract wrinkles and can increase the elasticity of your skin.

        Which face cream for older skin?

        Anti-aging creams often promise youthfulness and firmness of the complexion, which do not always stand up to testing by independent institutes such as Öko-Test. They conceal lines and wrinkles with artificial substances that hermetically seal the skin like a film, but are washed off again during the next facial cleansing and have in no way improved the skin's condition. However, a face cream only deserves to be called anti-aging if it can actually improve the condition of your skin. Older skin therefore needs products with skin-like substances that work in the depths of the skin, compensate for the natural degradation processes and stimulate the regeneration of the skin. First and foremost, your skin over 50 needs a lot of moisture and with the help of natural oils the chance to keep it in the skin. A good face cream for mature skin also contains moisturizing substances, peptides against wrinkles, nourishing and soothing substances and antioxidants such as retinol. Your skin care should also include effective UV protection during the day to prevent the aging process from continuing.

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