It’s possible to have radiant, beautiful skin in your 40s and 50s, but when it comes to skin care after 40, you should adjust your regimen to make sure you combat the effects of time and your environment. The key to healthy skin lies in using gentle products with anti-aging properties, and making sure you protect your skin from damage.
1. Use Mild Products
If you want healthy skin after 40, skip deodorant soaps, alcohol-based toners, and fragrant products. These often include chemicals that can dry out and irritate your skin. Mild cleansers, used daily before you go out, and in the evening to remove make-up and dirt, will serve you well. Unless otherwise instructed by your aesthetician, don’t scrub your skin with harsh exfoliators, as you may irritate it.
Moisturizing is important at any age, but as you get older your skin produces less oil. That means you should moisturize regularly – maybe even applying a lotion several times throughout the day. Making sure to lather up right after a bath or shower, is ideal. You might want to consider a serum, since they are more easily absorbed, or a richer moisturizing cream with hyaluronic acid or oils. Also, look into moisturizers with anti-oxidants or peptides to strengthen collagen.
3. Protect from Sun Damage
At any age you should protect from the aging and damaging effects from the sun. You’ll need a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, whenever you go outside. And, it should be lightweight and non-comedic if possible. Utilize shade and protective clothing, Don’t forget your hands and feet. And, to address pigmentation spots on your skin, use a brightening serum and vitamin C. If your skin needs a bit more care to address sun spots, consider a laser treatment such as IPL, Affirm or Micro-Fractional C02. Chemical peels may also help address this issue as well.
4. Add Vitamin A or a Retinol to Your Routine
Retinoids can make your skin look younger, reduce spots, increase exfoliation and collagen production, thicken the top layer of skin, and reverse sun damage. Most skin specialists agree they’re an important part of creating a brighter, even skin tone as you age. Consult an aesthetician to learn which formula can yield maximum benefits for your type of skin. Use vitamin A or retinols at night only, since sunlight deactivates some of its effects.
5. For Your Eyes Only
Your eye area is one of the first areas to age, because it’s thin, dry, and susceptible to wrinkling and sagging. Creams and serums can minimize these effects, especially if they include peptides and anti-puffiness agents such as caffeine. Remember that the sun gets in your eyes, so you may want to consider an eye cream with sunscreen to protect the delicate skin around them.
If you are looking for a treatment with a little more umph, consider Botox. This service can dramatically minimize the appearance of crows feet by limiting the movement of treated facial muscles. If you choose Botox, be sure to find a reputable clinic to avoid “frozen face” which can result from over-treatment.
Your skin won’t remain the same throughout your life. If you want your complexion to be the best it can be as you age, you’ll want to treat the signs you’re already showing and protect your skin from being further damaged. You’ll want to take care of yourself better than you used to when you were young, to make sure you’re ready to face the exciting, eventful years ahead.