Best Skin Care Routine for Women in Their 40s
If you are one of the lucky ones, you may not yet be seeing much change in your skin. But, if you are like the majority of women in their 40s, you may be noticing that your skin could use a little extra TLC. Too much sun damage and too many years neglecting to take care of your skin may finally be starting to show up in very real and distressing ways.
Perhaps you are noticing those crow’s feet and laugh lines don’t go away when you stop smiling. Maybe you are seeing the appearance of dark spots from sun damage that can no longer be passed off as youthful freckles. It’s likely that the hormonal changes related to dropping estrogen levels of peri-menopause are causing increased dryness, or worse, the resurgence of your teenage nightmare—acne. Never fear, with proper care and consistent attention to your skin, you can halt those signs of aging, and turn back the clock for your skin. Here is some advice for attaining the best skin care routine for women in their 40s.
Cut back on the makeup.
Many women, as they see their skin beginning to show signs of aging, are tempted to ramp up their makeup routine, trying to regain that youthful glow. They may be especially likely to use too much makeup and concealer around the eyes, which can actually settle in to fine lines, and accentuate their appearance. Women in their 40s benefit from the natural dewy appearance provided by tinted moisturizer or BB cream. You can still rock that smoky eye, but consider using matte finish eye shadows instead of sparkle for a softer, more youthful look.
Slather on the Sunscreen.
The research is strong on this one. Sun exposure damages your skin. Be sure that your foundation and moisturizers contain an SPF factor of at least 30, and that you apply these daily. The damage effects from the sun are cumulative, so even if you are running around all day shuttling kids to school, running errands, and walking your dog, you are probably spending a lot more time in the sun than you realize. Good sunscreen will help protect your skin from sun damage, as will wearing a hat and UV blocking sunglasses.
Cleanse, Exfoliate, Moisturize. Every Day.
Women in their 40s should adopt this behavior immediately. When you were in your 20s, you could probably get away with neglecting your skin, and even sleeping in your makeup from time-to-time. But as our skin ages, it is more important than ever to keep it clean, hydrated, and glowing. Skin should be cleansed twice daily with a good, creamy, moisturizing face wash. Consider using a spin brush at least a couple of times a week to remove excess dead skin cells which accumulate more easily on aging skin, and add to a dull, lifeless complexion. Removing dead skin cells will also allow your moisturizing treatments to work better. Skin should be moisturized each night, and in the morning before applying makeup for a youthful glow. Even skin that tends to be oily should be moisturized with a quality oil-free moisturizer, as this helps to plump up fine lines and retain skin’s elasticity.
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body. It's found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. Collagen forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure, and is what helps give our skin strength and elasticity. Production slows as we age, causing change in our bodies, including our skin. There are a few ways to boost collagen production in our skin. Topical vitamin A has been shown to increase collagen production. The over-the-counter name you will find familiar is Retinol. Regular use of retinol containing products will help to stimulate your skin’s own ability to produce collagen. If you desire a stronger approach, there are prescription—strength vitamin A preparations available from your dermatologist. Your nutritional status plays a huge part in collagen production, as well. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and plant-based foods. Sulphur-rich foods such as beans, cabbage, and garlic are especially helpful in augmenting collagen production. Vitamin C rich foods have also shown promising results. You may also wish to consider anti-aging supplements. If you haven't already, stop smoking. Collagen is killed off by smoking, as cigarette smoke eats away at the skin’s proteins, restricting blood flow.
Consider Professional Help.
For the biggest boost to your skin care routine, consider consulting the professionals. Your dermatologist or aesthetician can provide you with the latest in cutting edge treatments to reduce the signs of aging and help you to get a head start on your healthier skin care routine. All the rage in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, today’s facial skin peels are safer, more comfortable, and much more effective than their predecessors. A trained professional can assess your skin’s specific needs, and can prescribe an exact skin care routine customized just for you. A facial peel helps to stimulate collagen renewal, smooths away fine lines, reduces scars from acne and sun damage, and improves overall condition and texture of the skin.
There are chemical peels that are safe to use on every skin color without risk of hyperpigmentation (usually a worry with darker complexions). Peels can make your skin—and skin-care products—work better. In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a lovely chain reaction, causing the skin cells underneath to boost collagen production, to increase hyaluronic acid, and to appear younger. The deep sloughing of dead cells also offers one very immediate benefit: smoother skin that's both more radiant and more receptive. Skin-care products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration.
For women in their 40s, quality skin care is essential for maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. This is the decade when it is vital to take excellent care of our skin, and even possibly pick up a few new healthy habits that will ensure we can scoot right into the next decade with beauty and grace. After all, my friends keep reassuring me that 40 is the new 20. I think they’re right.