Written by: Helen Bradford
“Nature gives you the face you have at 20:
it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50.” Coco Chanel
Time inevitably passes by and it slowly becomes visible on our skin. Women start noticing bigger changes on their skin around the time they enter their 40s.
But it doesn’t mean they can’t fight the signs. There are many ways you can slow down the process and help your skin look fresh and healthy.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SKIN AT YOUR 40S and WHY
Being in your 40s means the time of perimenopause has begun – the time of a slow transition. It is when you experience a large drop in estrogen levels. It is also the time when bone loss increases, which affects your facial structure. There are more wrinkles visible on your face, skin starts losing some of its elasticity and age spots are more common.
Looking further, your lymphatic system slows down, which means the drainage gets less efficient, causing puffy and dull skin. New skin cells production is less frequent, as well as sebum production, which means your skin becomes drier.
Luckily, there are means available to you to fight and slow down these processes.
1. USE A CLEANSER THAT ENHANCES THE EFFECTS OF YOUR ANTI-AGING PRODUCT
Your cleanser should fit your skin type. In other words, if you have combination or normal skin, you should use a foaming cleanser that removes the excess oil.
On the other hand, if your skin is dry, then get a hydrating wash.
In general, if you don’t have extremely sensitive skin, your cleanser should contain AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids).
They help the cell turnover, which means your skin can better absorb the product you will apply after cleansing your face.
Also, when you use a cleanser with AHAs, there is no need to use an additional exfoliating product because they will irritate your skin if combined.
2. MORE MOISTURE
As the sebum decreases in your 40s, you will need to increase the level of moisture you provide to your skin. This means you should use an antioxidant-rich moisturizer.
It’s best if it comes in the shape of a day cream because day creams also include sun protection, as well as antioxidant protection. Your skin will be safe from free radicals, meaning the signs of aging will be slowed down.
3. USE A SERUM
Serums contain ingredients which effectively fight signs of aging and which are not commonly found in cleansers and moisturizers.
You’ll need two types of serum – one for the day and one for the night.
For the day, use a serum with vitamins C and E and resveratrol, which can calm down the inflammation of the skin.
In the evening, apply a serum with retinol, which repairs skin during the night and stimulates the production of new cells.
The reason why you should use the benefits of retinol at night is that retinol is less effective under the sunlight.
In case it’s your first time using it, apply the serum every other night for a month to avoid skin irritation.
4. DON'T HESITATE TO CONSULT AN EXPERT
A regular use of the right skin products will get you halfway.
Still, most of the time, you will have to turn to an expert to help you solve more complex skin issues.
A good dermatologist will give you the right recommendation on the products appropriate for your skin type and issues but they will also tell you when is high time to opt for treatments like Botox or undergo a plastic surgery that will save you a lot of time in the future.
These treatments and procedure are of significant help because if they are used sparingly and at the right time, they help you in the long run.
5. THE RIGHT DIET
As we all know, it’s not just about what we put on our skin, it’s also about what we put into our bodies that affect the way we look.
Choose whole foods over processed and packaged food that’s full of sugar and chemicals, as they increase skin inflammation. Opt for food that’s rich with probiotics, such as Greek yogurt.
Almonds have vitamin E and healthy fats, both important for glowing skin. Blueberries are a natural source of antioxidants that reduce wrinkles, while kale is full of vitamin A, another powerful tool in fighting wrinkles.
Things like smoking should be completely forgotten, while alcohol should only be consumed in moderation.
All in all
Time can’t be stopped, but it sure can be slowed down in a way. The more effort you invest in your skin, the more it will be grateful. And the positive results will be visible.