It’s true that your skin isn’t the same as it was when you were in your 20’s, or even your 30’s, but if you treat it well, you can still have lovely supple skin. You just need to take a little extra care and change your products and routine to keep your looking great. In your 40’s, your skin can lose elasticity and firmness, meaning you can get wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. Here’s the must-follow rules for younger skin after 40.
1. Change up your sun care routine
You should know by now that you should regularly use sunscreen and other suncare products. The sun is one of your skin’s biggest enemies, so after 40, it’s time to change up your suncare routine. Keep wearing sunscreen daily to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Be sure that you’re using sunscreen that isn’t drying, but instead that contains hydrating formulas, additives for anti-aging, and ingredients that nourish your skin.
2. Get plenty of hydration
Speaking of hydration, your skin needs it, and lots of it. Not just in the forms of creams or lotions either, but good, clean actual water. Skincare specialists recommend you get plenty of H20 daily to keep your skin looking younger and healthy. As you get dehydrated, the effects of lack of water show in your skin, so be sure you start the day with a glass of water and sip it throughout the day.
3. Never Sleep in Your Makeup
Never sleep in your makeup or go to bed without cleansed skin in your 40’s. Your pores will be blocked and clogged during the night, and that can lead to wrinkles. Depending on how much makeup you have on your eyes, you might even run the risk of eye infection and irritation. Your skin, since it can’t breathe properly, can become dry from left-on makeup, so make sure you remove it properly.
4. Choose the Right Cleanser
All cleansers aren’t good for all skin. As you change up your skincare routine and take on rules for younger skin in your 40s, you should make sure you’re using the right cleanser for your skin type, such as oily, dry, or combination skin. You want a cleanser that will gently get the job done and won’t strip your skin of the essential oils it needs. Cetaphil is one of the more popular gentle cleansers on the market.
5. Use Your Cleanser Correctly
Once you’ve chosen your cleanser with AHA’s, be sure that you use it correctly. You should leave the skin cleanser on for at least 30 to 60 seconds to let it truly soak into your skin. Don’t use two AHA-containing cleansers together and be sure you use the recommended amount, so as to not dry out your skin.
6. Dab, Never Rub Your Face Dry
You should’ve learned this in your 20’s, but it bears repeating: Never rub your face dry, only dab. Make sure you use a clean dry towel and pat your face dry, because rubbing tugs at your skin, increasing the the chance for wrinkles. Also remember to never use the same towel to dry your face as you use to dry your body.
7. Stay Out of the Tanning Bed
Tanning beds should never be on your to-do list, especially in your 40’s. Not only do you run the risk of developing melanomas, but you’ll also make your skin look older, more wrinkled, and even have a “leathery” appearance. No one wants that!
8. Get Your Moisturizing In
The first thing to make sure your moisturizer has is SPF of at least 15 to 20, or else you’ll let the sun wreak havoc on your skin. Be sure you use a moisturizer – you have different needs for your skin during the day than at night, so using two separate moisturizers is recommended.
9. Don’t Fall into Your Routine Day After Day
Experts at Oprah.com recommend that you don’t keep your skincare routine the same day to do, but instead, alternating between moisturizers and serums or lotions that contain two types of antioxidants. Breaking down the repetitiveness of the routine means your skin gets the antioxidants it needs to address various skin care issues.
10. Use Retinoids
Retinoids are a must for your skincare routine in your 30’s, and if you haven’t use them yet, start now. These come from Vitamin A, and can be a wonder to your skin. Retinoids do a number of things to your skin, including increasing cell turnover, boosting collagen production, and unclogging pores. You can use an over-the-counter retinoid and get good results without heading to the dermatologist.
11. Never Neglect the Neck!
The neck can be one of the first places to show aging in your 40’s, and if you’ve not been putting moisturizer on your neck, start it now. You should not only use the moisturizer on your neck, but also sunscreen and other anti-aging products too. Make sure your neck gets the attention it deserves.
12. Don’t Be Cheap on Certain Products
When it comes to shopping for skincare products after age 40, you should make sure you don’t skimp on buying high-quality items that are good for your skin. Beauty experts recommend you pay more for sunscreen, retinoids, and moisturizer, but you don’t need to pay over $100, $20 and up is a good range. You can skip on pricy neck cream, since your face moisturizer will do nicely.
Exfoliation is important for your skin, because it lets you remove dead skin cells. Leaving the dead skin cells on will only cause the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to be even more prominent. As we age, our skin doesn’t “bounce back” as fast, so we need to remove the dead cells by exfoliation. Choose a gentle exfoliant that is made for your skin type to get the job done and use it sporadically, not every day.
14. Be Sun-Smart
Besides putting on sunscreen or a SPF-enhanced moisturizer, you should be sun smart in other ways in your 40’s. Wear a hat to cover your face and neck from the sun, and don’t be afraid to cover up with some long sleeves on particularly bright days.
15. Remember Your Hands
Your face can show skin damage from the sun and age, but guess what else can? Your hands, and they’re a big indicator of your age. Don’t skip your hands’ skincare needs. They need sunscreen just like your face and neck. When you wash your hands or dishes, try to make sure you use soaps that have skin softeners, or else your hands may be dry, which can make them look older.
16. Don’t Go Too Crazy with Your Routine
Being overly vigilant with your skincare routine can backfire, as you may strip your skin of natural oils or make it raw and irritated. Be careful you’re not using too much product, and you’re alternating serums, etc.
17. Get Plenty of Sleep
Yes, you’ve heard it before, but it’s true: you need your beauty sleep. When you sleep, your skin rebalances its hydration, restoring what was depleted and lost during the day. Your cells also begin repairing themselves. If your skin doesn’t get enough sleep, then it won’t repair itself thoroughly, meaning your skin can look old and aged. Not to mention, when you’re sleep-deprived, your body gets into stress mode and releases cortisol, which means skin problems, such as acne, can be worsened.