You’ve probably noticed that with time your skin has become increasingly dry and sensitive. This is a normal part of the skin aging process which usually begins by your early thirties. Knowing how to care for your maturing skin and choosing the right cleansing products will help you to maintain a healthy and youthful skin.
As you become older it is important to minimize any external influences that could upset the delicate balance of your skin. This includes exposure to cold wind, air-conditioning, salty water and cosmetic products with harsh ingredients. Cleansing is the key to enhancing your skin’s health and appearance. However as your skin matures your daily cleansing routine should become more gentle.
What a Good Cleanser Should Do
The best cleansers for mature skin should dissolve old sebum and remove dead skin cells without being overly drying. If you wear makeup, your cleanser should be able to remove it without scrubbing. If your skin feels dry after using a cleanser, it is likely that it has stripped away the skin’s natural moisture-protective layer. When cleansing there should be no irritation or redness. In addition, you should ensure that the cleansing product you use doesn’t leave any filmy residue on your skin.
About Facial Cleansers with Abrasive Ingredients
Some cleansers have mild, abrasive ingredients like apricot pits, seashells or ground almonds to help the skin’s naturalexfoliation process. However, these types of products are often too harsh for the skin and can damage and irritate it. Instead, use newer versions that contain microbeads made of synthetic materials. These microbeads are more uniform in size and are much gentler on your skin.
Some manufacturers include AHAs (“alpha hydroxy acids”) and BHAs (“beta hydroxy acids”) in their cleansing products, which may sound like a good idea to some. Unfortunately using a cleanser containing AHAs or BHAs doesn’t deliver you the benefits you would otherwise get by using a separate exfoliating product containing these ingredients. The reason for this is that these types of cleansers are not left on the skin long enough to have any substantial effect. Moreover, leaving these cleansers on the skin may damage your skin, because they usually contain other irritating ingredients. Cleansers are simply not designed to be left on the skin for very long.
Examples of Good Facial Cleansers for Mature Skin
Here are some examples of some of the best cleansers for mature skin. These are only examples and there might be many other facial cleansers that are just as good for mature skin needs:
- Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser
- Biore Foaming Cleanser
- Cetaphil Gentle Daily Cleanser
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