Your Guide to Skincare in Your 40s
No matter what your age, you should always take the best possible care of your skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ, so you want to ensure that it stays healthy throughout your lifetime. Once you reach your 40s, your skin has begun to change. As a result, your skincare regimen may also have to change. Here is a guide to caring for your skin in your 40s.
Hydrate as Much as Possible
The key to keeping your skin youthful, healthy and supple is to keep it well-hydrated. Hydrate as much as possible. There are a variety of ways you can do that, including drinking at least six or more eight-ounce glasses of water per day and using a good moisturizing facial cream. If water is not your favorite thing to drink because you find it too boring, you can jazz it up by adding a slice of lemon, lime, or even cucumber. Or, you can get fresh peppermint leaves and add them to your glass of water.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Healthy skin doesn’t come easily for many once you have hit your 40s. You have to work for it. That means not only doing things that directly target your skin, but you should also incorporate a good workout routine into your daily life. However, you don’t have to do anything too strenuous. Even doing light aerobic physical activities like walking or riding a bike can help. Exercise gets the blood flowing and stimulates your body’s oxygen. It can also deliver essential nutrients to your skin and can reverse the signs of aging.
Vitamin C can help your health in many ways. Not only can you take it in capsule or pill form, but you can also apply it directly to your skin via a serum. Vitamin C fights off harmful radicals, improves skin pigmentation and brightens the skin. You can apply it once or twice per day for best results.
Collagen is produced naturally by the body to keep the skin firmer, smoother, and younger-looking. As you get older, your collagen production naturally decreases, but you can take collagen supplements to retain your skin’s natural elasticity. Look for skincare products that contain collagen as well.
By your 40s, you have probably begun to notice that the delicate skin around your eyes has changed. You might notice fine lines or crow’s feet. A good eye cream rich with vitamin C and retinol can help. Apply it to the skin around your eyes as part of your nightly routine and you will start to notice results in no time.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
You should do this no matter what your age, but protection from the sun is absolutely essential. Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 or higher when you go outside in bright sunlight. You can even find makeup products that include SPF. Wear a hat and sunglasses or get prescription lenses for your glasses that include Transitions. Stay in the shade as much as possible. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can prematurely age your skin and potentially cause skin cancer.
If you already see sun damage, treatments such as a Photofacial can help reduce sunspots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Set up a consultation with an expert skincare specialist to see what treatments may be best suited to you.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are a 40-something woman in the Richmond, Virginia area who wants better skincare options, contact DWH Health and Wellness Med Spa at your earliest convenience.