Find out the best skin care regime and anti-ageing strategy to feel young and beautiful in your 40s and beyond.
By the age of 40, you may feel you have finally achieved an effective skin-care routine. However, the hormonal experiences that occur in the 40s and beyond may require some simple twist to your routine to ensure you make it through decades with a youthful and glowing skin. Hormonal changes tend to occur during this period and can craft noticeable changes in the skin due to a turn down in estrogen levels. While the hormonal changes may be gradual, many women will notice an increase in lines on the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes, and around the mouth. Brown spots may start to occur around at the age of 45, there might be a loss in skin tone and an increase in facial hair.
While these changes may seem a little daunting, if you pay attention to the following skin care tips, you can ensure a healthy, smooth, and glowing skin:
Lose the Makeup, Gain a Doctor:
Makeup and concealer are women’s first choice to cover the signs of aging, but this fact can’t be overlooked that they bring out the lines and wrinkles. When it comes to makeup on a mature skin, you should avoid it as much as possible. Mineral makeup suits all skin types. However, you should avoid the use of the latest products to cover those lines and instead. You should consider visiting your dermatologist every month to get the best skincare regimen for yourself.
Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse:
Cleansing your face thoroughly is a must whether you wear makeup daily or not use. You can preferably choose a creamy cleanser over a normal cleanser so that the natural moisture content of your skin is not stripped off. And don’t even think about getting lazy with this if you’re looking for a healthy skin. Irrespective of your age, it’s important to wash your face before going to bed. Exfoliate once a week to discard away dry and rough patches that stress wrinkles. Just make sure to exfoliate gently, taking care of a red, irritated complexion that hurts to the touch, if any.
Even though it doesn’t seem like a big deal, sleeping with your makeup on, especially around your eyes, may cause low level chronic inflammation and irritation, which in turn can bring inflammatory molecules to your cells. These molecules cause direct damage to your skin by breaking down the rubbery, fleshy extracellular matrix that gives your skin its bounce and radiance.
Boost Up the Collagen:
Collagen is the main structural protein that helps skin retain its elasticity. It is crucial for maintaining youthful, glowing and healthy skin. However, skin tends to lose it’s tone with age as collagen loses strength, resulting in the development of those unwanted fine lines. However, you can shoot up the collagen in your skin. Topical vitamin A products are constructive as they have the ability to increase the synthesis of collagen in the skin and also temper discoloration of the skin. The over the counter version is retinol. The more powerful version of retinol is tretinoin or tazarotene. You can consult your local dermatologist to help you decide which type of topical vitamin A medication is best for you.
Drink Plenty of Water:
Always start and end your day with cool water. But don’t just stop there. Avoid the sugary drinks and have water by your side at all times. Not only will it satiate your thirst, but it will also hydrate your skin and keep it supple. Once you realize you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated, which takes a toll on your skin. Always carry and drink purified water so that your cells remain hydrated, get enough nutrients and flush out toxins. When your cells are hydrated properly, you sweat more efficiently which keeps your skin glowing and looking fabulous. Avoid drinking alcohol as it dehydrates your skin.
Coat on the SPF:
A sunscreen is the one product you should be coating on your skin every day, no matter what your age is. Now is the time to really speed up the sun-protective strategies with at least SPF 30 every day and you may also wear a hat if you are spending any longer than 5-10 minutes outside in the sun. The harmful effects of the sun add up and so many women get prolonged exposure to direct sunlight around with work, kids, and errands without realizing it. The cumulative effect of sun ages the skin quickly.
In your 40s and beyond, fine lines may appear and deepen into full-fledged wrinkles. Dark spots and hyper-pigmentation may appear to worsen your look. However, these anti-aging skin care tips will help you maintain a healthy and glowing skin.