If I have a time machine, I would go back to my 20 year old self and enjoy the beautiful and care-free skin that I had back then. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be young again? As we age, our skin becomes more and more tricky to work with. This is the reason we need to be very picky with our makeup. Luckily there are tons of great foundations for mature skin that are available. In this post, I will go over some of the best foundations for mature skin and provide a few pointers for you to care for your matured skin.
Our Picks For The Best Foundations For Mature Skin
|Foundation Name||Key Features|
|L'Oreal Paris Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup||-12 Shades
- Anti-Aging Ingredients
- SPF 17
- Good For Dry Skin
|Revlon Age Defying Foundation with DNA Advantage||-8 Shades
- Skincare Ingredients
- SPF 20
- Good For Dry Skin
|It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation||- 5 Shades
- High Pigmented Powder
- Contains Collagen and Anti-oxidants
- Good For Oily Skin
|La Prairie Anti-Aging Foundation||- 8 Shades
- SPF 15
- Full Coverage
- Good For Dry Skin
What is Mature Skin? How Can I Recognize it?
There are changes that occur to your skin as you grow older. As you age, the inner layer of the skin becomes thinner. Mitosis (the process that your body uses to replace worn out cells) slows down. Healing of wounds becomes slow and injuries are more likely to occur. Aged skin is less elastic which results in sagging of the skin and the formation of wrinkles.
Your oil secreting glands will also degenerate. This degeneration leaves the skin unprotected, scaly and dry.
Repetitive facial expressions results in frown lines (found between the eyes) and crow’s feet (seen originating from the corners of the eyes). Gravity causes your tissues and skin to sag which results in jowls and dropping eyelids.
Is Having Mature Skin Inevitable or Preventable?
YES! Mature skin is preventable and also correctable. In fact, a lot of cosmetic products are available that can help your wrinkles look less noticeable. Unfortunately, having mature skin is inevitable because every part of your body undergoes aging and the skin is no exception.
Retin-A has proven to be very helpful for wrinkles. Unfortunately, Retin-A is a drug that can only be obtain through your doctor’s prescription. Luckily, products that contain retinol (a derivative of Retin-A) can be brought without prescription at any cosmeceutical. With the right skin care product, we can prevent or correct wrinkles.
Daily Habits That Can Cause Your Skin To Age Faster
Exposing The Skin to Cold Temperatures: You skin becomes dry when you expose it to cold winds or low temperatures. It is advisable to use a moisturizer when going out in the cold. Moisturizers should also be used indoors during the winter months as heat can also make the skin dry. You may want to consider using humidifiers to make your skin comfortable.
Smoking: Smoking causes great harm to the skin by making it drier. According to Health.com, smoking creates carbon monoxide which displaces the oxygen that your skin requires. Furthermore, nicotine reduces the flow of blood to your skin, leaving it dry and pale. Smoking also reduces Vitamin C which plays a role in moisturizing and keeping your skin plumped.
Consuming Alcohol: When you drink alcohol wrecks your skin. This is because alcohol dilates the small blood vessels in your body which increases the flow of blood near the surface of the skin. As a result, you will see reddened areas and broken vessels on the surface of your skin.
Not Exercising: Exercising daily keeps your muscles toned. Increased blood flow also helps to keep your skin nourished and vital.
Exposure To The Sun: Photoaging is a process in which skin undergoes aging due to the exposure of sunlight. The ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) are the two types of sun rays that are harmful to the skin. Most of the symptoms seen in early skin aging are a result of ultraviolet radiation exposure. If you are concerned that your skin may become damaged due to sunlight exposure, consider getting a foundation with SPF.
Best Anti-Aging Ingredients in Foundation Makeups
Extract from Green Tea – Polyphenols are nutrients present in tea that helps in the fighting of free radicals. Creams and lotions with polyphenols help to slow down the signs of aging on the skin. They also help to minimize wrinkles and skin sagging.
Hyaluronic Acid – A makeup ingredient that helps to reduce the signs of skin aging. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body and plays a role in tissue cushioning and lubrication. It is present in connective tissues, fluid of joints and skin.
Retinol – This is an ingredient produced from Vitamin A. It reduces wrinkles on the face, increases the production of collagen and maintains skin plumpness. Retinol also enhances the tone and color of the skin and minimizes spots.
Vitamin C – A condition that is associated with skin aging is the reduced production of elastin and collagen. Vitamin C contains antioxidants that increases collagen production and reduce scars and wrinkles.
Coenzyme Q-10 – This enzyme is produced by the body and acts as an antioxidant. The production of this enzyme reduces as you age. As a result, skin cells are more vulnerable to damage by radicals as you age. Coenzyme Q-10 is useful for reducing wrinkles formed around the eyes.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Foundation
La Prairie’s anti-aging foundation has all the features that you would expect from a good foundation especially made for mature skin. This foundation is water and silicone based. It’s designed for casual wear only and recommended for medium coverage. This means that it does a great job at covering the usual acne scars, black spots, blemishes and wrinkles. However, it won’t do well for trouble spots like rosasea. It comes in SPF 15 which is an important feature of a foundation in this category. This is a luxury foundation and I would even say the quality is in line with other luxury brands like IT Cosmetics.
Although the foundation is great for dry skin, I would use a moisturizer underneath it if you have really dry skin. This provides an extra layer of protection. Also, the product is not fragrance free which is a big turn off for more people. The foundation does come with a higher price tag than you would expect. However, seeing how well it works, its one of the popular foundations in the makeup world. My clients absolutely loves this foundation and I would definitely recommend you give it a try.
L’Oreal Paris Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup
If you are budget minded and is simply looking for something that works, then you may want to take a look at this foundation. There are many color options available for this product and you can literally find it in every drugstore in town. The product is lightweight and very easy to blend. It’s SPF 17. It contains important anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and retinol A. It even rubs off your clothes if you accidently get it on there. The product is fragrance-free and recommended for full coverage use.
One problem I have with this foundation is the pump bottle. Seems like I can never get some of the product out using just the pump. In addition, the product did leave a burning sensation on one of my clients who had sensitive skin. I would also not recommend this product for those with oily skin.