Nowadays, women are pretty savvy about taking care of their skin at any age, and chances are you implemented a pretty good routine in your 20s and 30s. However, no matter how committed you may have been over the decades, your forties can have a massive impact on your skin.
As oestrogen levels drop around this time, maintaining proper skin hydration can become one of the biggest challenges. These hormonal changes worsen and cause wrinkles as well as uneven texture. However, despite being unable to completely control these changes, with the right tools and knowledge, you can still retain a youthful complexion as you age.
A solid foundation of excellent skin care will help you maintain a glowing, youthful complexion into your 40s. Skin sagging, dryness and irregular pigmentation may still appear. These problems are often primarily due to the body producing less collagen, which can form lines and wrinkles.
Addressing your unique skin care issues in your 40s can be a complex and challenging journey. And you will need a combination of some well-chosen at-home regimens alongside professional treatments at a reputable skin care clinic.
Undoubtedly you will need to reassess your old skin care routine. What you used previously will probably not be enough for you now.
How to up the ante for healthy, youthful skin in your 40s:
Products containing vitamin A focus on skin cell turnover, stimulate collagen production, balance natural skin oils, and act as an anti-inflammatory. In addition, retinoid or retinol creams are crucial in your 40s to increase collagen synthesis, improve skin elasticity and decrease fine lines.
Your hand creams should contain ingredients like retinol and antioxidants that plump the thinning skin and help prevent further damage.
Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide
Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide is the ultimate all-rounder for your complexion. Niacinamide balances oil flow, minimises pores, addresses pigmentation, and reduces skin inflammation.
This powerful antioxidant brightens and promotes collagen production. So make sure you shop for the high-quality vitamin C your skin care specialist recommends.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that attracts water, locking hydration into the upper layer of the skin, which plumps and firms the complexion. As a result, hyaluronic acid is excellent for achieving brighter skin and a more hydrated complexion.
Dry, dull skin that is common in your 40s can be addressed with better skin hydration using a hyaluronic acid serum. On top of this, regular exfoliation will remove dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin. This helps brighten dull skin, even skin tone and plumps and tones the complexion. In addition, exfoliation aids in better penetration of other products. As well as at-home treatments, regular chemical peels with a skin care professional may be helpful.
Use broad-spectrum sun protection with a high SPF every day. Remember to apply to your neck, chest, and back of your hands, as well as any other exposed skin.
To help with worsening wrinkles around the eyes, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen explicitly made for the face. And if you use retinol as part of your skincare regime, it’s essential to know that they increase the potential for sunburn, so ensure you are diligent with sun protection.
We’ve discussed how changing your skincare routine at home is vital now as loss of collagen production, environmental factors, and hormones affect our skin in our 40s. But if you haven’t already, now is an excellent time to incorporate some specialist treatments into your routine.
There are plenty of options to address and prevent ageing. Small but consistent treatments in this decade result in more natural-looking skin and minimise the need for more invasive procedures later.
Facial expressions and the loss in skin elasticity are reasons forehead wrinkles worsen in your 40s. At this age, cosmetic injections are often the go-to treatments for forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Professional treatments, like injectables, will undoubtedly improve those deeper lines. In addition, injectables are an excellent solution for problem areas such as the forehead and around the eyes. Cosmetic injections are a popular treatment and are very successful at doing their job.
At Specialist Skin Solutions, we may recommend various treatments as alternatives to injectables or treatments that work with them.
Maintaining your skin with in-clinic treatments to support and stimulate collagen and help slow down the signs of ageing is a great way to manage visible ageing.
SkinPen helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This technology uses a series of fine needles to repeatedly penetrate the layers of the skin to induce the body’s wound healing mechanisms; the result is the creation of thousands of controlled micro-injuries/ microchannels in the layers of the skin to manage the following concerns: pigmentation, open pores, lost of elasticity, scars and all over skin texture.
Genesis works by heating the dermis directly under the skin; this stimulates collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. Laser Genesis can also constrict blood vessels which helps fight redness and rosacea.
The LED light uses various wavelengths to help a variety of skin concerns. For example, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles and encourages wound healing and scar reduction. It also increases collagen production, reduces symptoms of psoriasis and eczema, and helps with cell regeneration and renewal.
At Specialist Skin Solutions, we don’t believe losing skin radiance in your 40s is inevitable.
We can recommend exceptional hydrating products rich in antioxidants that help reduce signs of ageing. And regular consultations with our clinicians can help you throughout your 40s and beyond with some time and investment.
The skin is the body’s largest organ. So we need to take care of it. And it’s worth the investment.