As women age, they face new challenges with skincare, but wrinkles, fine lines, crow's feet, and sagging skin don't have to come with age. The beauty industry has developed a whole collection of ingredients that specifically target mature skin to reveal brighter, firmer, more youthful skin. Here are five of our favorite ingredients for mature skin.
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A that is considered a golden ingredient for anti-aging. Retinol is known to boost skin cell turnover, removing old, dull, dead skin to make way for healthy, glowing skin to appear. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and fade sunspots. Because retinol sloughs off dead skin cells, it’s normal to see some irritation and flaking at the beginning of use. That irritation should fade away as your skin gets used to the retinol to reveal youthful-looking skin.
Vitamin E is a type of antioxidant that helps remove harmful free radicals from the skin to protect the skin from environmental aggressors like air pollution and sun radiation. It’s also known to be being hydrating and a natural anti-inflammatory, reducing puffiness and plumping the skin. Vitamin E is most effective when used at night, out of the sun’s rays.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it draws moisture out of its surroundings. This means that it immediately boosts your skin’s hydration without becoming overly oily or shiny. Hydration can help improve your skin’s overall appearance, becoming plumper, more supple, and firmer than before.
George Richardson with Arbor Living swears by using hyaluronic acid to help combat aging affects on skin. "Hyaluronic acid is a widely used ingredient for a number of anti-aging products. This is due to the fact that it helps to draw moisture and water into the skin and trap it there so that your skin looks soft and healthy."
Vitamin C is a supercharged vitamin. It can brighten and even your skin tone, helping sunspots and age spots to fade. It is known to be an anti-inflammatory and may boost collagen production, making your skin firmer and tighter. It’s also hydrating and helps smooth and plump your skin’s appearance.
Shea butter contains essential fatty acids and vitamins that help hydrate and moisturize the skin and make the skin supple and smooth. It may help produce collagen, the building block of healthy skin cells, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and resulting in a smoother, softer complexion. It contains Vitamin A and E, other great anti-aging ingredients.