As skin matures, it undergoes a metamorphosis of sorts: it loses elasticity, gains a few fine lines, and stops producing the same level of hydration it once did. Because skin’s ability to retain moisture is the key to keeping it youthful-looking, the last point is perhaps the most salient. Aging skin is drier skin, and it’s vitally important to upgrade your moisturizer as your complexion matures. Daily hydration will lock water into the top layer of your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten your complexion, and create an overall glowy appearance. And while you may think any old moisturizer will do the trick, if you have mature skin, it’s best to find a formula that’s tailored to your needs. The barely-there lotions of your 20’s probably won’t get the job done in your 40’s, and—if your skin is extra dry—you may even need to double up on your moisturizer. So, if you’re experiencing signs of dullness and dehydration, it’s time to put the products of your youth to rest and revamp your routine. From an ultra-hydrating oil to a lightweight, layerable serum, we discuss the best moisturizers for mature skin below:
While slathering on a thick, super-rich cream may seem like the most logical way to combat dryness, it isn’t always the best solution. When your skin is in dire need of hydration, what it really needs is a moisturizer with water-attracting ingredients. One such ingredient? Hyaluronic acid: a superstar hydrator famed for its ability to hold up to a thousand times its weight in water. Sunday Riley’s Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream contains not one, but two forms of hyaluronic acid, and keeps skin hydrated and plumped all day long. (As the name implies, it really is like a tidal wave of moisture.) What’s more, the H20-based gel uses papaya enzymes to brighten lackluster complexions—a common concern among those with mature skin.
What do you do when you’re out and about and your skin starts to feel parched? Reach for a hydrating mist, of course! If you have extra-dry skin, a lightweight facial mist makes the perfect mid-day moisture boost. However, when choosing a formula, be sure to find one that contains a good humectant or oil. (A few examples include glycerin, propylene glycol, aloe, or hyaluronic acid.) These ingredients help penetrate the skin deeply and pull moisture in with them, whereas a purely water-based mist will actually draw moisture out of your skin, so it literally evaporates into the air.
At b-glowing, we’re fans of Wander’s oil-loaded Glow Getter Mist, which harnesses the power of olive oil, argan oil, evening primrose oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil to seal water into your skin.
When we want hardcore hydration, we turn to facial oils. And while the idea of putting an oil on your face may seem scary at first, it offers a great alternative to a traditional moisturizer—especially when lotions and creams just aren’t cutting it in the hydration department. This aromatic oil from Rodin is one of our absolute faves, and is packed with eleven skin-loving essential oils: jasmine, almond, and argan among them. Not only will your complexion be completely moisturized, supple, and firm, but the quick-absorbing formula won’t leave behind any greasy residue, either.
JURLIQUE Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum+ Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask
Skin still feeling thirsty, despite consistent moisturizing? It’s time to double down on your hydrating treatments. After your nightly cleansing routine, apply a moisture-boosting serum like Jurlique’s Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum, which uses evening primrose and grapeseed to protect the skin’s barrier and provide extended moisture. Then, top with a hydrating sleeping mask, like the Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask. This double-whammy will lock in the serum’s active ingredients and maximize its moisturizing benefits. For the ultimate hydration, leave the combo on overnight and wake up to glow-y, radiant-looking skin.