When it comes to taking care of your skin (and yourself) now is the time to be serious! In your 40s your skin is going to be changing and you’re going to need a plan to address those. It’s not too late to start a great skincare routine and take better care of yourself to look and feel younger. Below, I have compiled a list of what you can do for your skin from the inside and outside to look and feel your best. So, keep reading because you wouldn’t want to miss this!
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1. Start your skincare routine with a gentle cleanser
There will be several changes in your skin in your 40s. Dryness, thinner skin, and a weaker skin barrier are just a few of those changes so you will want a cleanser that addresses those issues. The best cleanser for the job is CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin.
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2. Use an exfoliating or hydrating toner
Depending on whether you have dry skin or may be dealing with some acne is how you will choose which toner to use. If you have dry or sensitive skin, Then Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner is the one for you. If you still deal with acne or need just a little extra exfoliation, but not too much, then Chantecaille Purifying and Exfoliating Phytoactive Solution is what you should use.
3. Use an antioxidant serum during the day
You’ll want an antioxidant serum that protects, rejuvenates, and reduces signs of aging and photodamage. The serum that does all this and comes most recommended is Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum.
4. Retinol is used at night
Retinol will replace the antioxidant serum step for your night routine. If starting retinol, start with a low concentration one to two days a week and gradually increase in strength and frequency. If you have been using retinol for a while and would like something stronger, you can go to a dermatologist for a prescription.
Even if you haven’t been using retinol up to this point, it’s not too late to start. Retinol can diminish fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production and decreasing the breakdown of collagen. Skin cell turnover is also increased by the use of retinol which in turn will correct sun damage and improve skin texture and discoloration.
5. Use different moisturizers for day and night
Even though you don’t have to stick to this you still may want to use a light moisturizer for the day and one more heavy-hitting at night. If you just want to cut down on the products you have on hand, then CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion or Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream are two of the best choices.
If you are like me, you prefer to use different moisturizers for day and night. I use a light moisturizer and separate SPF for the day and a more powerful moisturizer that repairs and rejuvenates my skin at night. So, if you want to take the same approach, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer is the one for the day, and CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream for the night.
6. Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Even though you may be seeing some damage from the sun already does not mean you don’t still need to protect it. I know you have those with skin that looks like wrinkled leather, well that is damaged from the sun and maybe over tanning in a tanning bed. Wearing SPF will protect your skin from getting anymore damage and there are some that have the ingredients to help reverse sun damage.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios HA Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer is one of those that not only protects your skin from the damaging effects of the sun but also has anti-aging benefits and 12 hours of hydration. No matter what sunscreen you choose, it should be SPF 30 or above and protect from UVA and UVB rays.
7. Exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week
Cell turnover slows as you age and if you don’t exfoliate regularly it can lead to dull, dry, flaky, irritated, uneven skin, and also clogged pores. You can also be using the best products in the world but they won’t live up to their potential if you’re piling them on dead skin cells.
You don’t want to use just any exfoliator, though. You’ll want to avoid using harsh over-aggressive scrubs because these can cause tiny tears on the skin. Instead, look for enzyme, chemical, or fine-grain mechanical exfoliants.
Award-winning Tracie Martyn’s Enzyme Exfoliant is a gentle scrub and a mask for all skin types with all the anti-aging benefits. This non-irritating exfoliant will remove embedded impurities, environmental pollutants, and dead skin cells. It also minimizes fine lines and pores along with revitalizing and brightening the skin.
8. Should be using an Eye Cream
Since you are in your 40s now, you’ll want an eye cream that you can use all around your eyes. If you want to firm, lift, and de-puff your eyes, then Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Firming Eye Gel Cream is the eye cream you are looking for. This fragrance-free formula will visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles along with smoothing and redefining the contour of your eyes with patented Resveratrol, hyaluronic acid, vegan collagen alternative, and peptides.
9. Start using a Neck Cream
Even if you extend your facial products down your neck, the skin on your neck is much thinner so you would need a thicker cream, especially for your neck. You can think of it the same as the skin around your eyes, the first to show signs of aging. So, of course, it’s going to need the same special attention!
If you are in need of an instant lift, then Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum is the one to try. This serum visibly lifts, tightens, smoothes fine lines, and helps strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.
Another neck cream that comes highly recommended is StriVectin Advanced Tightening Neck Cream, which also visibly lifts and tightens.
10. Massage Your Face Daily
By massaging your face daily, you will be increasing your blood flow to your face which in turn increases oxygen and collagen production. This will rejuvenate your skin and brighten your complexion. Facial massages are also considered a natural alternative to Botox!
You can massage your face while cleansing or by using your favorite serum, oil, or moisturizer. The best kind of oil to look for would have vitamin C, Rosehip Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, or vitamin E. Indie Lee Overnight Face Oil has all these ingredients. If you need to learn how to do your own facial massage, there are plenty of videos on YouTube with facialist Abigail James showing you how.
11. Take a Collagen Supplement
By age 40, you can be losing about 1% of the collagen in your body each year. The loss of this protein is what makes your skin lose its structure and causes wrinkles. If you include foods such as eggs, bone broth, beef, fish, chicken, and dairy, you may not need a supplement. However, before adding a supplement you should talk with your doctor.
12. Consider Omega-3s or Fish Oil Supplements
Even though they are more well-known for their heart health benefits, they also have benefits for your skin and hair. Omega-3s are healthy fats that are found in some seed and plant oils, walnuts, seafood, and fatty fish. Studies have shown that they help protect skin against dryness, redness, and itching along with increasing the skin’s resistance to sunburn and helping to reduce acne. Talk with your doctor first.
13. Try a Mediterranean Diet
Very well-known as one of the healthiest diets on the planet it is highly beneficial for your skin and general health. The diet consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish, and olive oil along with very small amounts of unprocessed meats, dairy, and eggs. Most of the foods in this diet have anti-aging benefits like nourishing and protecting your skin.
14. Eat foods high in antioxidants and probiotics
Just in case you are not one to want to try changing your whole diet, you can still at least add foods that will nourish your skin from the inside out. Food such as Greek yogurt, blueberries, almonds, kale, eggs, and watermelon are just a few you could add to your diet.
15. Drink Plenty of Water
Over half of the human body is made up of water. Keeping yourself hydrated does benefit your whole body, not just your skin. As you age your skin won’t retain as much moisture. So, keeping yourself hydrated on the inside will help your skin hold on to more moisture.
16. Stop Smoking
Do I really need to explain why?
17. Cut out sugar and Lower salt and alcohol intake
If you can’t cut these out, at least lower the amount you consume. Sugar destroys collagen through a process called glycation, simply put.
While you do need some iodized salt in your diet for thyroid function, too much can dehydrate your skin.
Dehydration can also occur with too much alcohol.
18. Start Dermaplaning
You don’t have to go to a professional, you can do it at home and it’s fairly easy to learn. Dermaplaning gets rid of any peach fuzz you may have on your face along with dead skin cells. You will be amazed at the instant glow your skin has once you have done this. Your skin will also look and feel so smooth!
The Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane Wand is what I absolutely have to recommend here, especially if you are a beginner. It comes with a guide that shows you how to use the wand, lights up so you don’t miss anything, and has a guard on it to protect your skin. A lot of the other dermaplaning tools don’t have the guard on them making it extremely easy to knick your skin.
19. Sleep is Very Important for Your Skin
Even though you have heard one million times to get enough sleep, 7 hours is really the bare minimum you should get each night. Your skin does its best and hardest work at night because the blood flow to your skin increases at night. Your skin is then able to rebuild collagen, repair damage, regenerate skin cells, and your skin is more receptive to your products at night.
20. Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase
Silk pillowcases will help protect your skin along with helping to keep your face moisturized where cotton soaks up the moisture from your skin. There are natural proteins in silk that help with fighting aging. Sleep comes more easily on silk than on cotton because the silk glides and drapes around you where cotton will crinkle, rub, and irritate your skin.
So, you may want to make all of your bedding in silk to benefit all of your skin!
21. Go See a Dermatologist
Once you turn 40, among the other appointments you will be scheduling is one with a dermatologist. They will probably want you to have skin checks annually or more often if you have any skin issues. You can also ask them about a more precise anti-aging regimen or get a prescription for a stronger retinoid if needed.
22. Get Yourself an At-Home Anti-Aging Device
There once was a time when you had to go see a professional in order to do certain treatments for your skin. That’s not the case anymore. However, with so many at-home anti-aging devices, which one should you choose?
Honestly, anything with LED is the way to go. LED is able to penetrate your skin and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to give you your bounce and firmness back.
LED Esthetics has the Mask & Glo and the Mask & Glo Pro to meet any of your skin’s needs. Both have 7 different colors that penetrate your skin to address wrinkles, fine lines, acne, enlarged pores, inflammation, discoloration, and more.
It is used by some of the most famous and youthful celebs like Kim Kardashian and Kate Hudson. I even have one for myself and love it!
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Your skin will be going through some changes in your 40s. By following the steps above and making any lifestyle changes you need to make, you can keep your skin looking and feeling younger.
Take a picture of yourself on the day you start either your new routine, stop smoking, or change your diet and see what a difference in your skin there will be. I would love to hear from you!
All questions, comments, or suggestions are welcome!