The Best Natural Beauty Tips for Mature Skin
Suddenly we've got saggy bits where previously everything was firm, and my customers complain of alligator dry-ness.
As we age, the skin becomes thinner, often as a result of hormone changes.
The perimenopause, when oestrogen levels reduce, manifests itself in thinner skin, and sometimes more wobbly skin.
The lists goes on.
The skin thins around the eyes, age spots, puffiness, it's a real bundle of laughs.
The bad news is that I don't have anything up my sleeve that is going to magically slow the aging process down.
I won't promise you miracles. If you are looking for instant eternal youth or those before and after pictures where a 40 year old morphs into a 20 year old you're in the wrong place.
But there are a number of changes you can make for a positive difference. To make your life easier, to care for and nourish your skin in an honest way.
My customers want to look like themselves, just better.
Once we are free of the expectations set in the media of what beauty looks like, (and unsurprisingly it’s not the face of a teenager in a woman's body), we can focus on caring for ourselves in a way that nurtures our skin and allows us to feel healthy and well.
Exaggerated promises are exactly that - and we are too savvy to be taken in by false advertising and empty claims.
Here are some of my favourite tips:
The Right Natural Face Cleanser
Ditch the foaming cleanser. Seriously, if you don’t want skin that feels prune like, switch to a balm type cleanser. All of those hydrating oils will cleanse gently and add in some in some much needed hydration. Stripping the skin of all it’s natural oils isn’t going to help.
If you are suffering with those pesky dry patches around your cheeks and forehead this is even more important.
Be gentle - no scrubbing your skin within an inch of its life. Exfoliating gently is fine. A spot of dry body brushing is also good. But any sandpaper - like action is simply going to result in sore, aggravated skin.
As levels of oestrogen drop, it's not just drying our skin out, it also becomes more sensitive. The dryer it becomes, the more vulnerable it becomes.
The Best Natural Eye Cream
The skin around our eyes is very thin, so use a gentle product especially designed for the sensitive skin here. And no pulling the skin as you apply.
My Rejuvenating Eye Serum with Rose & Starflower, is particularly good for those annoying fine lines, or if your eyes get dry and itchy.
It's an oil based serum with organic rosehip oil and arnica oil which helps with any puffiness. You only need the tiniest amount, literally a drop off the end of the pipette which I apply with my ring finger.
The Best Natural Oils for Mature Skin
Plant oils are great for dry skin, it's just about finding the right ones. Think make up remover, body and face moisturiser, the ability to reduce scarring and pigmentation and all those vitamins and nutrients.
Oils rich in olieic acid are good for dry skin. Some of my favourites are Argan, Camellia, Baobab and Macadamia.
These oils have a richer, nourishing and sometimes heavier feel - but they also have the ability to replenish dry skin.
I could wax lyrical about the virtues of facial oils forever. They are amazing for dry and mature skin types.
I have designed my Facial Essence with Rose & Blackcurrant to be deeply nourishing, hydrating and softening specifically for skins that need a moisture boost but without any greasy or heavy feeling.
The Best Essential oils for Anti-Ageing Skin
Some essential oils are especially suited to dry, mature skins with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Frankincense is a favourite for older skins, it has a beautiful aroma and is a real powerhouse of skin healing and repairing properties, due to it containing boswellic acid.
It's not going to change you over night, but it can help with the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, scars and blemishes. And the aroma helps improve feelings of happiness and positivity.
Rose oil has an exquisite scent, nothing like the synthetic, cloying copy-cat scent most of us are familiar with. It's excellent for helping with dry and mature skin, broken capillaries and fine lines. Not to mention its ability to lift the spirit, de-stress and calm the soul.
There's a catch though. It's extremely expensive to produce which is why there are so many synthetic copies on the market. It takes over 60 roses to produce just one drop of rose otto flower oil.
Neroli has rejuvenating and regenerating benefits plus it's anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Extracted from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, it has a divine scent. Originally from China and India, the Seville orange tree is thought to have been brought over to Europe by the Crusaders.
Products are not the whole story. Even the amazing ones!
While a topical product can and will make a positive difference, ageing is part of a wider body wide process.
What you eat counts. A sensible, balanced, vitamin rich diet plays a key part in how we age.
Be sensible about how much time you spend in the sun.
A little relaxing in the sun is great, we feel good about ourselves and revitalised. Our bodies need vitamin D, which our bodies create directly from the sun.
But the flip side is that exposure to ultraviolet rays can speed up the ageing process. Balance your time between the sun and shade, sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection is your friend.
Sleep is not a luxury but a necessity (despite how it sometimes feels).
It's called beauty sleep for a reason. The time you spend sleeping is when your body repairs itself, and is crucial to how you look and feel.
Join it all Together
Most of my customers come to me, disheartened with commercial skincare, with a desire to use real ingredients and understand exactly what these are and be sure they are not dangerous or toxic.
As we age, there's no getting away from the fact that Mother Nature has some nasty little tricks up her sleeve.
The sahara dry skin - and the more dry or and dehydrated our skin is, the more haggard our skin looks.
If you are really unlucky you might see a breakout of spots which you have been free from since your teens. (If this is you, check out my Facial Essence with Rose & Marula which is specially designed for misbehaving skin).
It's not all doom and gloom. You will be amazed by the difference pure, effective natural skincare can be.
Just remember it's important to pick botanical ingredients that will work with rather than against your skin.
Plant oils are magical, their different properties mean you can manage skin that is prone to dehydration and break outs. Couple that with a healthy diet and you're good to go.