It’s time we left anti-aging in the past and shifted the focus to maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion, regardless of age. With age comes experience, wisdom and beauty. We’ve entered a new age of skin care that celebrates the aging process, especially focusing on the needs of mature skin. Instead of concentrating on anti-aging, it’s time to emphasize keeping your skin healthy and radiant, no matter your age.
How Skin Ages
Two Aging Processes
As we get older, our bodies naturally start to age, a process called intrinsic aging. This is a continual mechanism by which our cellular and biological functions slow down. With time, the skin’s strong and flexible matrix begins to weaken and hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen naturally deplete. Intrinsic aging accounts for only 10% of skin changes; the remaining 90% is caused by these external influences which accelerate the aging process. Our bodies are also subject to extrinsic aging, caused by exposure to environmental stressors. These include lifestyle choices like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise as well as external factors like pollution, blue light radiation and UV rays from the sun.
Read on for our guide to embracing aging gracefully with skin care for mature skin.