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Skin Care Tips for Dry and Mature skin

Are you over thirty-five? Does your complexion look dull rather than moist? Do you have irregular patches of pigmentation, such as black, brown, or lumpy beige spots, or raised, dark brown skin tags? Are there little red lines around your nose and cheeks? Are there deepening lines around your nose; forehead, eyes and between the eyebrows? Does the skin look loose around the chin line and cheeks, as well as the under eye area? Despite dry skin, are there enlarged pores on your cheeks and chin? If you have answered most of the above questions in affirmative then you have mature skin.

Take care of Mature Skin

Care of mature skin

A summary of mature skin would be that, it is the skin that has been used and abused. The factors that lead to mature skin are hereditary (which of course one can’t do anything about), excessive cleaning and massaging of the face, frequent weight gain and loss, drinking (alcohol can seriously impair blood circulation especially around the eye area), too much exposure to the sun, and smoking as nicotine impairs the blood circulation in the skin.

If you have mature skin you will discover that your skin has become sensitive to a lot of ingredients found in skin care products. For example if you used to apply scented moisturizers you might now realize that you are allergic to fragrance in moisturizers. The solution to this particular problem would be to use a fragrance free moisturizer.

Any product you use should be allergy tested. You can apply the product behind your ear or under the jaw and let it remain for a few hours or a whole day to check any signs of an allergic reaction.

Cleansing mature skin is very much like dry skin and similar products are used for both skin types.

Moisture and sun protection

Mature skin needs extra moisturizers and most of the new ones in the market have the added benefit of a firming ingredient in them which makes the skin taut so that your skin feels rejuvenated, but only temporarily. The only way you can change the texture of your skin, permanently, is through a face-lift.

Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy AcIds (AHAs), can also be used to reverse aging. Retin-A and AHAs are safer than chemical peeling without the risks of scarring, pain or expense if taken under a dermatologists expert guidance and care.

A sunscreen is a must for mature skin, which has already been over-exposed to the sun’s rays.

Toning

Toning can make the skin seem firmer and the pores appear smaller, by creating a slight puffiness around the pores. Choose an astringent around the same guidelines established for dry skin.

Saunas

These are excellent for mature skin to clean the pores and deliver sufficient water to keep the skin soft and moist. The same rules apply for both dry and mature skin.

Masks

Buttermilk deserves special mention as a natural mask because it is rich in lactic acid, a well-known highly effective moisturizer and skin renewal agent.

All products should be allergy tested and applied on sensitive areas on your skin, like the skin behind the ears and under the jaw. This should be left on for a few hours or a day. If any signs of an allergic reaction take place then rinse the area immediately with an oatmeal and cool water solution, and refrain from buying the product.

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