Natural Products for Mature Skin
As we grow older, our skin is likely to be showing signs of age. The epidermis, or outer layer of skin, loses lipids, which makes our skin drier and thinner. The dermis, or inner layer of our skin, joins in and loses collagen and elasticity. Our supportive subcutaneous fat becomes thinner. This causes our skin to sag, while pores, follicles, and oil glands become more prominent.
Our skin is now more sensitive to the sun, and photo-aging, or changes of color in the skin, increases. Sunspots appear, and our skin becomes dry.
Can we do anything to stave off the aging process? For starters, drink lots of water, use sunscreen, don’t smoke, get enough sleep, and moisturize. Then moisturize some more.
It’s clear that we need to care for our skin differently than we did in our younger days. There is a dizzying array of skin products out there, and a walk through the beauty products aisle at a drugstore can leave us confused.
Let’s start by identifying just a few natural hair and skin care products for men and women.
Alba Botanica makes high quality, 100 per cent vegetarian products that “overflow with botanical ingredients.” Their new firming scrub, “Body in the Buff,” contains biodegradable buffing beads. It is hypo-allergenic and contains no parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrance.
Arbonne says, “We develop our skincare products by carefully selecting botanical ingredients known for specific beneficial properties. Through innovation in science, we introduce formulas that make skin look more healthy, youthful, and beautiful.” Its formulas are botanical, vegan, and cruelty free. Products include skincare, bath and body products, and makeup.
Burt’s Bees use ingredients, including the packaging, that are simple and natural. Try a lip balm formulated with all natural beeswax and antioxidant Vitamin E.
Caudalie favors natural and environmentally friendly active ingredients. The vine and grape extracts used for its patented formulas come from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne, and Burgundy. They are against animal testing.
Clinique is a trailblazer, launching the first-ever line of dermatologist-developed skin care fifty years ago. The brand avoids using allergens, irritants, parabens, phthalates, and fragrance. Along with skincare and other beauty necessities, this brand also offers products designed just for men.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is devoted to producing superior natural skin care products. The company offers a natural makeup line along with products for the mature skin.
Jack Black proffers no-nonsense products that claim to work as advertised and use the best ingredients. It claims to be the “#1 best-selling men’s skincare brand” with products for face, shaving, body, and hair.
Lush Cosmetics believes in making effective products from fresh organic fruits and vegetables, the finest essential oils, and safe synthetics. It offers a wide range of products including bath, shower, hair, face, body, fragrances, and makeup. Thirty-five percent of its products are unpackaged, or as the company likes to say, naked.
The Pure Organics Salon, housed in The Fountain Wellness Center on Sheridan Drive in Williamsville, is an all-organic salon offering hair color, products, nail care, and sugaring without the chemicals found in a typical salon setting.
Renew Bath and Body at 927 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo has a passion for “clean, pure and effective ingredients.” The store does not believe in animal testing and offers “the cleanest and most effective formulas.” From Acure face masks to Juice Beauty anti-wrinkle cream, it offers a staggering selection of products to keep you looking your best.
True Botanicals offers a wide range of products that are made from ingredients independently certified-nontoxic for humans, cruelty free, non-GMO, gluten free, and vegan. It was named Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Award winner for its Deep Repair Eye Serum.
Judith A. Rucki is a public relations consultant and freelance writer.