Mature Skin type
Like all the other skin types, this often forgotten category has its own unique set of characteristics, which of course, varies from person to person.
As we age (sometime after 25 or so), our skin begins to lose collagen (the protein that’s responsible for the plump and pillowy skin) and elastin, which is responsible for the skin’s ability to stretch. As a result, the skin begins to gain fine lines, wrinkles and begins to sag. In addition, as we age, the cell’s ability to rejuvenate declines and cell turnover slows down significantly. The skin’s oil production also decreases, leaving the skin dry and dull, and just like every other skin type, mature skin needs tender loving care too.
- Wear SPF daily to protect your skin cells against the rapid aging effects of UV rays.
- Cleanse your face with a gentle, soap-free, cleanser.
- Use a mild moisturizing soap for the body.
- Use a gentle, appropriate exfoliant on the face and body once to twice per week.
- Moisturize daily and consistently with rich, emollient crèmes to restore what’s been lost.
- Use a humidifier to moisten the dry air.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.