Makeup 101: Easy Tips for Mature Skin

Woman applying makeup to treat aging skin Makeup 101: Easy Tips for Mature Skin

While aging skin is inevitable, there are plenty of ways to keep your skin looking as young as you feel. Time might change your skin, but there are products and tricks to keep up as it evolves.

How to Use Makeup to Treat Aging Skin

Always Moisturize

Moisturizer is the single-most important part of any beauty routine. When skin ages, it starts to lose its ability to retain moisture on its own. Moisturizer helps to supplement and lock-in hydration, keeping your skin looking youthful and preventing fine lines and wrinkles from developing. Before applying and after removing makeup, you should be using a moisturizer on your skin. Finding the right moisturizer for your aging skin can be a bit daunting, but with some trial and error you can easily track down what works best for your skin. The best moisturizers for the night time are heavier than the kind you’ll need for the morning. Before putting on makeup, the lighter the moisturizer the better, though many light moisturizers can be very hard-working.

You Can’t Hide Wrinkles

A big mistake many people make with makeup is trying to cover up or fill in wrinkles and fine lines. All this does is bring attention to these problem areas. Foundations that are light and hydrating are far better than darker colors that accumulate in and accentuate wrinkles. Focus on places that aren’t so prone to wrinkles, like the under-eye and inner corners of the eyelids. If you can highlight the parts of your skin that you love, and accept your skin for what it is, you’ll be a lot happier in your skin. There are plenty of options for eliminating or greatly reducing the appearance of wrinkles like Botox or dermal fillers.

Avoid Oily Products

No matter how old you are, you are at risk for developing acne from the wrong makeup products. Make sure you’re using non-comedogenic products. These products are designed not to clog pores, and won’t make acne flare-ups occur. Clogged pores can be unsightly even if they don’t develop into acne.

Prioritize Sun Protection

Regardless of your age, but especially as you enter your 40s or 50s, protecting your skin from sun damage is crucial. Not only can damage from ultraviolet radiation in the sun age and dry out your skin, it can also cause cancer. Skin cancer can be deadly if undetected and untreated. Many makeup products contain a low-SPF sunscreen that’s good for daily use, but in the summer or if you’re outside a lot, a stronger sunscreen will be necessary. You can apply sunscreen under makeup, and that will keep your skin feeling and looking young.

Hide Thinning Lips

As skin ages, the lips often thin and lose a lot of their fullness. In that loss, there’s also a chance that symmetry between your top and bottom lip is lost. To counteract thinness and that asymmetry, you should find a good lip pencil to use. Using a hydrating lipstick and lip brush helps give your lips even more contour and can provide them with much needed moisture.

Reckoning with aging skin doesn’t have to be a challenge. You aren’t alone in the struggle against time. Call in some support in your fight against aging skin with the professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates.

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