I know you're all probably wondering, "Katy, you're 23! What could you possibly know about mature skin?!" Well, I don't know everything about mature skin, but I do know a few things. I have a mother after all! (Love you momma!) Anyways, here are a few tips and tricks to try if you or someone you know is older and has drier skin.
Okay, so when looking for a cleanser for mature skin, look for something really creamy that doesn't foam. I've seemed to notice that not many older women have oily skin, so stay away from anything foamy because it'll dry out your skin even more. You definitely don't need anything fancy in a cleanser because all you're doing is massaging it on your face for a minute then rinsing it down the drain. I never understand why people want fancy, expensive cleansers when all the beneficial ingredients don't stay in contact with your skin, but I digress. A really good cleanser to try is the Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing, Toning and Eye Makeup Removing Emulsion. The milk proteins in this cleanser helps with hydrating and moisturizing the skin. You get 6.7 ounces for only $21, which is actually not too bad in my opinion. But if you really just want to stick with drugstore cleansers, I find that either Olay or Neutrogena have the best cleansers. Olay has the Total Effects Nourishing Cream Cleanser that also helps fight the 7 signs of aging, which according to the website are fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, uneven skin tone, dullness, prominent pores, age spots and dryness. (everyone wants to fight all that stuff!). Neutrogena has the Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Cream Cleanser. For some reason I cant find it in a location near me, but it's on their website and you can also find it on Amazon.
Now for toners, I actually recommend NOT using one, only because there's a chance they'll just dry out your skin even more. If you absolutely can't live without a toner, look for one that's very hydrating and is alcohol free. Preferably, look for something geared more towards sensitive, dry skin, just stay away from the alcohol!
Onto Moisturizers. This should be fairly easy because obviously you want to look for something super hydrating that helps to diminish the look of wrinkles and helps prevent future wrinkles. A moisturizer I absolutely love and can totally vouch for is the Clinque Moisture Surge Intense for Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin. Now I don't use this particular one because this moisturizer is made for different skin types, but it will totally leave your skin feeling super hydrated and feeling good. Even though it doesn't have too many fancy schmancy ingredients in it, as long as your skin's moisture barrier is hydrated, the happier your skin will be regardless. For drugstore moisturizers, again Olay and Neutrogena provide the best options. The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Fragrance Free is a wonderful option. Apparently this is America's #1 selling anti-aging moisturizer and this fragrance free version is newer. I definitely recommend using the fragrance free version to prevent any kind of sensitivity or reactions to the skin. The Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is another good option. It's got a ton of vitamins and antioxidants to help prevent dullness and roughness so skin stays looking younger and fresher.
Time for sunblock! Don't start thinking that because you're older and have drier, more mature skin you don't need sunblock. YES YOU DO! I don't care how old you are, you always need to wear sunblock no matter what, and as long as you have it next to your other skincare regimen, you won't forget to use it. Now I recommend using a sunblock that's not particularly fancy with ingredients and that's also good for sensitive skin. Look for maybe some vitamins and antioxidants, but you don't need a super expensive sunblock to get the job done. Neutrogena's Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 is a great option. You can maybe even use this moisturizer in the morning and another moisturizer I recommended at night. Although, if you do want extra hydration, it's perfectly fine to layer them. Just don't goop it on your face, then it can get greasy.
Well that's it folks! There are so many products to choose from for drier, more mature, aging skin. There are even products if you still suffer from acne that can be added to your routine that's actually made for mature skin, so definitely look around and try a bunch to see what helps your skin the most!
Talk to everyone later! :)