What is mature skin?
Generally speaking, mature skin is skin that has started to age. People who are 40 and older are typically regarded to have mature skin, however this is a broad definition because different people’s skin ages differently.
Your biological age and your ‘skin’ age might not match. While it’s generally accepted that adults over 40 have mature skin, certain people’s skin may exhibit mature characteristics sooner. Mature skin is significantly influenced by lifestyle variables such as stress, smoking, nutrition, and lack of sleep as well as environmental ones such as pollution and UV damage.
How do I know if I have mature skin?
If you have skin that feels drier, dehydrated, and feels as though it might be losing its ‘bounce,’ then your skin could be considered ‘mature.’ You should also be on the lookout for signs such as dullness, lack of tone, deeper set wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation and age spots.
Remember, photoaging is triggered by exposure to the sun, whereas chronological aging is simply your body’s natural response to you getting older.
Why does mature skin need extra help?
Our body produces less collagen as we get older, which causes our skin to lose its elasticity and bounce. Collagen is a protein that helps to maintain our skin firm, flexible, and full. We lose about 1.5% of our collagen every year beyond the age of 20 (smokers and those who are exposed to the sun more regularly lose collagen more quickly). The skin gets saggier as collagen levels drop, and wrinkles and fine lines are increasingly noticeable as the skin loses structure, elasticity, and shine.
Our body creates less hyaluronic acid as we get older, which is necessary for attracting water and plumping the skin. As a result, the skin begins to feel constrictive, seem dry and lifeless, and develop wrinkles.
When taken together, this drop in hyaluronic acid and collagen means your skin is less able to retain moisture, which leads to dryness and dehydration. Therefore, your skin needs a lot more moisture and support to keep that moisture in.