Forever Young

Learn a new way to care for your mature skin—experts share tips and tricks that will keep your skin looking lit from within.

The passage of time does not have to mean bad news for your skin. As the years pass, wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness are common worries for most. But older skin calls for a slightly different kind of care and attention. If you provide that, you will be sure to see results sooner rather than later.

Lit from within
“As we age, the hormones in our bodies will start decreasing,” explains Dr. Magoo. “Natural steroids, with which our bodies are equipped, will also start dropping. So we have to up these things externally.”

Experts agree that along with a meticulous skincare routine, a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet and drinking lots of water are the only route to a radiant visage. “As we grow older, erratic lifestyles, chronic health problems, sleep disturbances frequent travel and weight fluctuations affect the skin much more,” expressed Dr. Agarwal.

The anti-ageing cream
Most of us naturally associate caring for mature skin with the infamous anti-ageing cream. But do they actually work? “Yes, of course,” says Dr. Bharti Magoo, Aesthetician & Owner at Golden Touch Clinic. “But product selection must be based on skin type. And after choosing a product, continue using it for at least six months,” she advises as constantly switching up your routine is never a good idea.

Dr. Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, MD Skin, Consultant Dermatologist, Dr. Trasi’s Clinic & La Piel, points out that these products generally contain retinol, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, E and niacinamide. “They help in hydrating the skin, repairing the cellular changes and protecting it from further sun damage,” she states.

How much is too much?
With an overload of products in the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and want to purchase every little bottle that promises outstanding results. However, an ideal routine, according to Dr. Madhuri Agarwal, founder and medical director of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic, would include, “A face wash containing alpha hydroxyl acids, an alcohol-free toner, sunscreen with anti-ageing benefits, night cream packed with peptide, Vitamin C, antioxidants and retinols, and an eye cream with peptides and growth factors to regenerate skin.”

The organic way
Nothing beats a good old face mask using kitchen ingredients. Dr. Agarwal shares, “Take 2-3 tablespoons of papaya pulp that is rich with antioxidants, add few drops of honey, a natural moisturiser, and mash it together. Apply the pack on face and wash it after 20 mins.” On the other hand turmeric, milk and aloevera are Dr. Trasi’s cook room picks for glowing skin.

Dealing with acne
Zits and spots are the cause of much distress in your teenage years. However, having to deal with them as an adult is so much worse. “In older skin, acne occurs due to hormonal imbalance or stress,” explains Dr. Trasi, which is why she suggests that while regular acne treating methods (therapies that use salicyclic acic, benzoyl peroxide and retinols) will work, hormonal imbalances needs more attention.

While consulting a dermatologist is the safest option, Dr. Agarwal further advices that mature women with problematic skin must steer clear of cream based products that contain petroleum jelly, alcohol and mineral oil. Instead, opt for oil-free or gel based products to prevent aggravation. Avoid scrubbing your face to get rid of the acne or rough skin as it will only cause more irritation.

Easy make-up tips for mature skin

  • Opt for a dewy, tinted moisturiser instead of a heavy foundation and apply it in a thin layer to avoid it from settling in fine lines.
  • For oily skin, look for a lightweight foundation.
  • Choose a sheer cream blush over a powder for a healthy glow.
  • As you grow older, use make-up to define your features. Spend more time defining your eyes but make sure you blend well to avoid harsh edges.
  • To prevent your eyes from looking droopy, brush your eye make-up in an upward direction

What to say no to
For great skin, there are a few things you may need to blacklist. Dr. Agarwal advises that you read the label on your products. She elaborates, “Mineral oil, derived from petroleum, is often included in anti-ageing products to give softness. But on application, it can form a layer on the skin and block pores, leading to breakouts and irritation. DEA, MEA and TEA (ammonia compounds) are also associated with allergic reactions and dryness and should be avoided along with sulphates that have drying and corrosive properties that aggravates wrinkles and lines.” With respect to your diet, Dr. Magoo suggests avoiding acidic foods.