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Natural Skin Care for - Mature or Aging Skin
The skin care program for matured or aging skin is designed to nurture, protect, and rejuvenate. Though the skin's ability to repair and respond slow with age, it does not stop.
Mature skin are greatly benefit from proper care, and it is never too late to start to reap the rewards. All of us will have aging skin as the years go by and with proper care, we can have a vibrant complexion and look beautiful at every age.
Mature or Aging skin Characteristics :
This type of skin is dry, with decreased elasticity, decreased circulation, fine lines and wrinkles.
Steps For Mature or Aging skin Care Program :
- Compressing :
Skin loses its moisture content as it ages and the glandular function slows down, so plenty of warm compresses are needed to stimulate circulation and hydrate.
- Cleansing :
Mature or Aging skin should be cleansed only one time a day, preferably in the evening. In the morning splash the face with warm water or use warm facial compresses. Pat dry excess moisture but leave the skin slightly damp for applying your moisturizer. Milky or creamy cleansers are the best for mature or aging skin.
- Toning :
Toning is optional but if you choose not to use a toner, be certain that you are able to completely and thoroughly rinse the cleanser from your skin. If you use a toner, it must be designed for Mature or Aging skin.
- Moisturizing :
Aging skin needs all the benefits a good moisturizer can provide effective active ingredients such as essential oils, good humectant for hydration, anti-oxidant vitamins and herbs to facial free radical damage, and oils for barrier protection.
Facial oils are not recommended for dry skin as a moisturizer because they do not contain water in the formulation. However they can be used as nutritive treatments.
Special treatments for Mature or Aging skin :
- Steaming :
It helps to cleanse, hydrate and stimulate circulation and can be done once or twice a month for Mature or Aging skin. Keep the source of steam a distance from the face so that the steam does not feel hot on the skin, and steam for only two to five minutes.
- Exfoliate :
Exfoliation products such as alpha hydroxy acid and green papaya are very good for mature/aging skin and can help to keep it soft and smooth while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Aromatherapy treatments :
Aromatherapy treatments such as moisturizer, masks, and cleansers have wonderful rejuvenating effect on Mature or Aging skin. Essential oils such as neroli, lavender, and frankincense are cytophilactic - they stimulate the production of new cells in the basal region of the skin.
- Masks :
Hydrating and nourishing masks are excellent for Mature or Aging skin. Do not use clay masks unless they have been formulated to counteract the clay's drying effects.
- Eye creams :
Eye creams are important for regular basis use both day as well as night.
- Misting :
Misting is well suited for this skin when it is used in conjunction with a moisturizer that contains a humectant. Misting hydrates the skin, and if used regularly can reduce superficial dryness and fine lines.
Suggested routine for Mature or Aging skin :
- Daily :
In the morning : Splash your face with warm water. Do not cleanse because mature/aging skin only needs to be cleansed once a day in the evening. Apply an alpha hydroxy acid product. Apply an eye cream, and lip balm. Mist.
In the evening : Compress with warm water. Cleanse well, rinse then a lightweight moisturizer or use cream based aromatherapy moisturizer. Apply an eye cream, and lip balm. Mist.
- Weekly :
Use green papaya enzyme mask for additional exfoliation Nourish and hydrate the skin with a cream mask.
- Monthly :
Steam once or twice a month, at a distance, for only two to five minutes.
Special Considerations for Mature or aging skin :
- Avoid over-manipulation. This refers to heavy scrubbing, heavy facial massage, and over-stretching the skin while applying the make-up.
- Avoid over cleansing. This means two things- washing the face more times than its necessary for particular skin type and/or using too harsh a cleanser.
- Beware of extreme weight loss. Dieting can affect the skin in two ways. First most dieting programs are low in fats and oils.
- Give special care to eye areas. The constant movement of the skin around the eye aloe contributes to their early wrinkling.