The 1940s are often the most confrontational decade when it comes to our skin as it really starts to show visible signs of aging, especially for those with fair white skin, which are prone to sun damage.
For some, the hard work of the past few decades will pay off — and they’ll show fewer fine lines and a fuller, firmer texture. Those who may have just started their journey to skin health will need to start with the basics. But no matter how much thought you’ve paid to your skin in the past, it’s definitely not too late to start investing in your complexion in your 40s.
I’ve always been a big believer in embracing lines – I think they’re beautiful.
Rather than wage war on lines, I recommend trying to treat pigmentation or redness that could flare up in these premenopausal years, and continue a preventative regimen to improve your overall skin health so that it is plump, firm, and glowing. stays.
Around the age of 40, the skin begins to lose collagen, moisture and elastin, all elements that give our skin its youthful vitality. That’s why it’s crucial to introduce supercharged products that bring moisture and hydration back into the skin. If you haven’t yet embraced professional treatments, now is definitely the decade to start. Processes like laser can be great for treating pigmentation, and regular peels (including medium peels, which can penetrate deeper than a superficial peel), IPL/BBL and LED light therapy are all smart treatments that complement a healthy skincare routine.
This is also the age when many people start thinking about injectables, which I’m not exactly against, but I do advocate caution.
If you go down this road, use them in moderation and do your research, especially when it comes to finding the right clinic.
My regular advice for injectables is less is more.
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What is the best way to find a good skin care clinic?
The short answer?
Mouth to mouth. It may be old-fashioned, but it’s the method I trust the most. Ask a friend, doctor, or esthetician for a referral and rely on those recommendations instead of online reviews and fancy websites.
The do’s and don’ts of skin care in your 40s
TO DO Embrace the fact that your skin is changing. Update your routine accordingly.
DO NOT Go over the top with invasive treatments and injectables. Instead, consider your long-term goals for your skin; don’t focus on quick fixes.
TO DO Update your arsenal with products suitable for drier skin. At 40, you’re losing more fluid than ever before, so you’ll have to refill it manually.
DO NOT Stress about lines and wrinkles. Instead, treat stubborn pigment or other concerns that can detract from your beautiful complexion.
A basic skin care plan
Our 1940s are all about hydration and tackling skin concerns, especially those that may not have bothered you until recently.
Think of this decade as a time to turn things around completely; what worked for you in your youth probably won’t work now, so focus on the skin you have now. It may be drier than usual, you may have scars from previous sun damage or acne that you want to address, or you may be struggling with a condition like rosacea, which is common in pre- and post-menopausal women.
It’s time to set skin goals for decades to come. If you’re coping with potential ailments that could arise as you enter menopause in the next decade, make sure you’re prepared by investing the time and energy in finding a routine that suits your specific skin type. can bring balance.
Our 40s are among the most difficult decades to treat skin given the complexities of hormones, lifestyle and past experiences, so take each day as it comes and consider seeing a professional if you’re unsure how to proceed. .
While this routine may resemble the routines of the younger decades, it’s really the ingredients in each of these products that make this a regimen tailored to your 40s. I suggest avoiding anything (and I mean everything!) with strip formulas, including alcohol and fragrance. Instead, use high-fat products that bring moisture back into your skin.
40s – A Basic Plan in the Morning
- Gentle, moisturizing cleanser
- Antioxidant Serum
- eye cream
- Moisturizing Cream
- SPF50 sunscreen
In the evening
- oil cleaner
- Gentle, moisturizing cleanser
- Hydration Serum
- Retinol Serum
- retinol eye cream
- night cream
- facial oil
In the morning, your antioxidant serum can treat a specific problem, but as an all-encompassing factor, vitamin C is a fantastic and hard-working ingredient that can really help even out skin tone and add collagen to the skin. And when combined with a host of other ingredients such as alpha lipoic acid, ferulic acid, and hyaluronic acid, its benefits can be activated more sharply.
Vitamin C can also be found in marula oil, rosehip oil and Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) for extra hydration in the evening. For both your day and night creams, it’s important to look for nutrient-rich formulas that contain a mix of both humectants (such as glycerin) and occlusive ingredients (such as squalane) to trap moisture and then trap it. Ingredients like ceramides, pro-vitamin B5 (or panthenol), lanolin and shea butter are also your friends when it comes to moisturizing creams. An evening serum can be used to combat dryness or address other skin concerns.
For dryness, look to hyaluronic acid as the hardest-acting moisturizing ingredient, and for other conditions like rosacea, look to serums containing niacinamide.
It is important to take note of your diet and lifestyle when you are in your 40s. Including fatty fish rich in omega-3 in your diet can aid in lipid production, while regular exercise fights free radicals and improves your overall health. Quitting smoking and lowering your alcohol intake will also ensure that you don’t dry out your skin unnecessarily (it’s better for your general well-being, too). I promise to be fun at parties, but everything in moderation!
This is an edited extract from The Modern Guide to Skin Health by Melanie Grant, available now through Macmillan Australia (MSRP $39.99).
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