Skin Care at Every Age: Your 40s

Skin care in your 40s

It’s been said that 40 is the new 30.  By and large, women are taking better care of themselves than ever before, consciously making smart beauty decisions from diet to SPF.  If you’ve been giving your skin proper care and attention throughout your 20s and 30s, you are set up perfectly to enjoy a decade of beautiful skin.  At this age, some of the hormonal issues that may have left you with acne or hyperpigmentation have most likely subsided.  Your skin is smooth, clear, and glowing.  Great!  Now, let’s find out how to keep it that way.

Exfoliate for brighter skin

The rate of skin cell turnover and production of collagen begins to slow in the 30s and gets progressively slower with each passing year.  By the time we reach 40, we need a little help keeping the pace.  While over-exfoliating is largely discouraged in younger years, now is the time to ramp up.  To keep skin looking bright and smooth, exfoliate more often (every other day), but do so gently.  Vigorously scrubbing will not yield better results.  In fact, it can hamper your efforts. 

 Don’t skimp on moisturizer

Just like collagen, the level of hyaluronic acid, the moisture trapping molecules found in all cells, also begins to dwindle in the 40s.  Of course, moisture is critical to keeping skin plump and taut, making this possibly the most critical step in your skin care regimen.  Find quality moisturizes, and use them generously.  Choose a variety that includes an SPF for daytime use, and a more intensive night cream.  Consider options that include ingredients such as glycerin, which will help draw in moisture from the air.  You can also find ways to help replenish the diminishing supply of hyaluronic acid, whether topically or through the use of facial fillers.

Select a high-quality eye cream

The eyes are often the first area to give away your age.  The skin here is thin and delicate, making the aging process more visible than in other parts of the face.  You may notice sagging beneath the brow, dark circles, or fine lines that have begun to crop up.  A good eye cream can help address these issues.  Again, search for options that include ingredients like hyaluronic acid (such as Lumiere from NeoCutis), retinol or retinaldehyde. 

Time to consider facial fillers

A strong skin care routine with high-quality products will go a long way to helping you maintain youthful, radiant skin, but if you still think you could use a little extra boost, it may be time to consider facial filler options as well.  From Juvederm to Radiesse, injectable fillers deliver big results in tiny doses.  Whether your concern is lines and wrinkles, hollow cheeks, or thinning lips, there is a safe and effective filler option that suits your needs.  Just ensure that any treatments you choose to have are performed by a qualified, board-certified dermatologist.

Your 40s has the potential to be your best skin decade yet.   Hormonal issues such as acne that may have plagued you in the past are bygones.  Take advantage of this time with the right products and a sensible routine, and you can enjoy glowing, healthy skin with a clear complexion for years to come.  Have questions about any of the recommendations listed above?  Contact Dermasurgery Center, and schedule a consultation with one of our Baton Rouge or Lafayette dermatologists to learn more about what will work best for you.