Tailor-made tips for mature skin
As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of your skin. But with so much information out there, it can be hard to know what really works and what is simply a fad. Luckily we have Dr Rabia Malik, Consultant at Grace Belgravia Medical, on hand to clear things up.
"One of the most common skincare mistakes that people make when it comes to mature skin is that they believe that they need to use a heavier and/or richer moisturiser," she explained to Cover Media.
So if that's not the answer, what is?
Firstly, Dr Malik reminds that mature skin turns over less frequently, so dead skin cells will sit on the top for longer, giving your complexion a dull appearance. It also makes it harder for products to penetrate, therefore rendering them less effective.
"You can address this by incorporating the right type of exfoliation products into your skincare regime. Ideally an effective daily cleanser and weekly mask," she recommended.
It's also important you nourish your skin with hyaluronic acid, as mature skin produces less. Look out for it in serums and moisturisers.
Dr Malik recommends layering products to get the most out of them.
"It’s using the right combination of products to get maximum penetration of active ingredients and increased hydration to the skin as a result of the layering effect," she said.
"I am in favour of a simple regime as these are easier to follow and if patients use the products with the right active ingredients, they will see results."
Dr Malik's ideal skincare layering regime
Step 1: Antioxidant serum + Vitamin C
I get patients to mix in a Vitamin C powder to their antioxidant serum, try Julia Hunter Skin Therapy Skin Vitamin C. Vitamin C in powder form is more active and will give a better result.
Step 2: Absorption + moisturiser
It is important to wait a few minutes to allow absorption of the active ingredients in the serum. Then seal the products with any type of moisturiser, although those with oilier skin may find they can skip the moisturiser and go straight to SPF.
Step 3: Face oil + SPF
Applying oil before SPF can add extra ‘glow’ to the skin, but care needs to be taken to use a formulation that is light. A drop of jojoba oil works well, try MV Organic Pure Jojoba, as it is light and does not clog pores. Julia Hunter Skin Therapy Emu Oil is a good option for drier, more mature skin, as it can be mixed in with serum, moisturiser or foundation to help achieve a ‘dewy’ look. Finish by applying an SPF.