Walk into any department store or major retailer and you’ll find dozens of skincare creams for sale, all promising more youthful skin. Most of the creams are expensive, but are they worth the money? If you take a closer look at the skincare ingredients, you’ll find most of the products are nothing more than a basic moisturizer in a stylish bottle, backed by a catchy marketing scheme.
Set aside the “miracle creams” and try lasting, more effective methods to restore your skin. There are three beauty techniques that mature women around the world use that provide real results. If your skin looks dull or tired and tends to be dry, you need a skincare overhaul. Consider the following three ways to bring back the youthful glow to your skin.
Microdermabrasion works by gently exfoliating your skin’s outer layer to rejuvenate it. The procedure effectively minimizes dark spots and wrinkles for smoother, more vibrant-looking skin. Dermatologists or estheticians normally perform the treatment, although there are home microdermabrasion kits available as an easy way to rid yourself of dead skin to reveal a youthful, glowing face.
Mature women with extremely sensitive skin, eczema, or a recent sunburn should avoid microdermabrasion. The most common side effect after a microdermabrasion treatment is red, swollen, and potentially tender skin. To ensure optimal healing, wear a heavy sunblock, even on cloudy days to protect the fresh skin from sun damage and avoid exfoliating products, including products containing AHA and glycolic acid for two to three days after the treatment.
Women with postmenopausal skin will find that their skin feels firmer, more even-toned, and has a glow they haven’t seen in years. Many women find the results so impressive they may go overboard by over aggressively exfoliating. Weekly treatments may be okay to regenerate your skin but should be pushed back to no more than once per month to avoid skin sensitivity or hyperpigmentation.
Gorgeous, glowing skin is often a sign of healthy digestion. But digestion is affected over time by our consumption of processed foods, non-organic ingredients, sugar, and alcohol. Add environmental pollutants and stress to the mix and the liver, which processes fats and toxins, can become taxed and slow down.
The first signs of a sluggish liver and digestive system include dark circles under the eyes, dull skin lacking a glow, and skin problems such as acne or rashes. A detox is a good way to help your internal system work more efficiently by getting rid of the chemicals and toxins that interfere with your body’s normal functions.
One of the most important parts of a detox is the elimination of toxins from the body. A high-fiber diet is essential.
One of the first results after a detox is brighter, more glowing skin. There are many ways to detox, so that women, regardless of health, can give a detox a try. Some of the most effective ways to detox are:
- A fresh greens diet
- A seven-day, sugar-free diet
With all detox plans, commit to at least a week to clear out the toxins. Avoid alcohol and processed foods. Drink extra water to flush out the toxins and get plenty of rest to restore the body.
3. Hormone therapy
One of the most frustrating skin conditions a mature woman deals with is adult acne. Following an anti-acne regimen to prevent breakouts may work for some women but not all of them. While many of the same principles apply to all regimens, like moisturizing regularly, this is because hormone fluctuations causing imbalances may be behind some breakouts.
A detox may be helpful, but hormone therapy is an effective way to solve the acne issue and help you achieve more youthful skin. As you age, your hormone and protein production slows down. Collagen is one of the most important proteins that keeps your skin youthful and firm. As collagen production slows down, your skin will look and feel drier, saggy, thinner, and “crepey-looking” skin.
As for hormones, a decline in hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, melatonin, and DHEA all affect the youthfulness of your skin. Bioidentical hormone treatment is gentler and safer than synthetic hormones while effectively replacing the “fountain of youth” hormones for improved skin. You’ll notice tighter and thicker skin that will look more hydrated. Besides smoother, tighter, hydrated skin, menopausal women will love the other side effects — hormone therapy will ease some of the worst side effects of menopause, including insomnia and hot flashes.
Once you’re glowing, protect your mature and aging skin
Getting your skin back on track is the hardest part. Once you’ve achieved results, make sure your skincare maintenance regimen protects and supports your younger, glowing skin. Continue to eat a more wholesome diet, avoid sugars, and drink at least eight glasses of water per day (which is equivalent to two liters or half a gallon). Protect your skin by using gentle cleansers, a good moisturizer, and never skip wearing a quality sunscreen.
Have you tried any of these treatments for your mature skin? How did they work for you and do you have any tips to add? Please leave a comment below.