By Rita Goh
It is in your 40’s that your body goes through significant hormonal changes that affect not just the way you feel but the way you look. Women tend to notice dark spots, more defined wrinkles, drier skin, and even acne in their 40s. Here are 5 essential ways to maintain great skin in your 40s, even if you skipped out on it in the days of your youth.
1. Do not neglect sunscreen
The number one cause of skin-aging is actually exposure to UV rays. More than ever before, sunscreen has to be part of your daily skincare regime. Protect your skin from harmful rays even when you’re planning to stay indoors the whole day. Did you know that you can also be exposed to UVA rays while indoors? These rays can cause wrinkles to deepen and dark spots to appear.
Try Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk for Face and Body.
As you enter your 40s, you will realize that your skin gets drier more quickly. To save a step, use SPF moisturizers in the day to protect your skin from UV rays as well as retain moisture. Look out in particular for products with hyaluronic acid and collagen boosting ingredients.
Try SK-II Stempower Rich Cream and Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 40ml.
3. Seek Professional Skin-care Treatments
Back in your 20s, facials probably seemed indulgent. However, by your 40s, it is advisable to schedule regular facials that target specific skin-aging problems that you may be facing. Here’s a tip: make the effort to consult several dermatologists to see which ones best suit your needs.
Try DrSpa by Dr. Georgia Lee (Lift or Anti-Aging) or Aramsa – The Garden Spa (best for dark-spot reducing)
4. Take Beauty Supplements
They say beauty is not just skin deep. It can’t be more true in your 40s. While prevention is usually better than cure, it’s never too late to start taking beauty supplements. There are many products on the market that attempt to halt or reverse signs of aging externally. Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and achieve soft and supple skin from the inside out, through beauty supplements.
5. Apply Acne Cream
This may come as a surprise to many – but yes, women do develop adult acne in their 40s. Due to hormonal changes and monthly cystic breakouts, keep some acne treatments on hand. Look for cyst-specific topical creams. Lastly, take note not to switch up your entire skincare regime to tackle the acne. Skincare products that deal with acne usually dries out your skin.
Try La Roche-Posay Effaclar Ai Targetted Breakout Corrector and Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum