Many say that 40 is the new 30. But as much as we may look younger than our age, our skin will not deny the years. Our lines will get deeper, the beautiful freckles will soon become sunspots, and more wrinkles will find their way on our foreheads.
As much as aging is inevitable, you can practice a skin care routine so your cutis will age gracefully.
At this point, we need to focus on collagen and elastin. These two substances are our bosom buddies in keeping our skin plump and fresh-looking.
If you aren’t at age 40 yet, have no fear. We also did a guide for those of you in your 30’s!
AM Skin Care Routine for 40 Somethings
Always start right in the morning when it comes to your skin. At this age, this is the routine that’s ideal to follow: cleanser, Vitamin C serum, eye cream, toner/moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Unlike in your 20s and 30s, we will use a different set of products that suit the needs of our aging skins:
CLEANSER. Even if you’ve washed your face in the evening, it’s still important that you refresh it up in the morning. Take note that as we age, our skin becomes drier and more sensitive. It’s best to use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type.
Just a reminder: although it’s true that dead skin cells accumulate on our face, it’s not a good idea to scrub every single day. It will just strip your face’s natural oils and it will appear drier than ever.
VITAMIN C SERUM. At 40, uneven skin tone is one of the common complaints. One of the natural fixes here is a Vitamin C serum that gets rid of dark spots. It’s also an antioxidant that will keep irritations away.
Just take note that Vitamin C serums contain different levels of Vitamin C. If you want to enjoy the best results, we personally recommend the Delfogo Rx Professional Vitamin C 22%. It’s also infused with Vitamin E and Ferulic acid that helps keep our skin radiant.
EYE CREAM. Eye cream is a matter of choice among women. If you tend to have dry eyes and dark circles, you probably need this on your skin care kit. Eye creams are great in reducing the stressed look in your eyes while nourishing your skin.
We personally recommend the Skin Pro Medical Grade Hemp Under Eye Cream. It’s infused with pure hemp that’s effective in reducing the puffiness and circles around the eyes. This cream is also fortified with moisturizing ingredients that our skin needs a lot.
TONER/MOISTURIZER. If your skin used to be dry in your 30s, expect that it will be more parched in your 40s. This is why we recommend that you apply moisturizer multiple times a day.
We love the SkinPro Hemp Oil Moisturizer since it makes our skin brighter plus its results are long-lasting. But since this is an oil moisturizer, it can feel sticky if you overdo the amount.
SUNSCREEN. Regardless if it’s sunny or not, you should apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful rays. Still, we understand that not all of us like putting tons of products every time. So as a trick, try looking for a facial cream or moisturizer with high SPF levels.
Evening Skin Care Routine
Before bedtime, you should ensure that your skin is clean and always moisturized. We know that this can be a bit tiring, but a few minutes of vanity pays off if you want healthy skin.
Here’s our recommended evening routine: cleanser, toner, retinol, eye cream/serum, and an optional facial patch.
CLEANSER. This is a staple of all skincare routines. Never apply products unless you’ve cleansed your face and removed all the makeup. Always wash your face before bed no matter what.
TONER. You can use the toner you applied in the morning if you wish to. If you’re still looking for one, you’ll never go wrong with SkinPro Organic Eye and Vegan Serum. This is an eye serum but can be applied on the outer areas as well. Works like a charm!
RETINOL. At this age, retinol is a gem on your beauty kit. This is an anti-aging product that also makes your skin look bright and plump. Feel free to use over-the-counter retinol from drug stores. In fact, dermatologists recommend that you start using Retinol as early as 20 years old.
You can also layer it on your moisturizer or toner. But hey, make sure that the product works well on your skin and complements your other regimen.
EYE CREAM. This will help keep the dark circles from your eyes. It will also help in repairing your damaged facial skin while you sleep.
FACIAL PATCH. This is an optional regimen. But if you can, try using wrinkle patches since these will lighten up your fine lines.
Let all the products settle on your face before hopping to bed. If possible, perform your evening skin regimen 30 minutes or an hour before you sleep.
Like you used to do in your 30s, exfoliate once or twice a week. We also recommend that you massage your skin with rosehip oil a few times per week during the night. This will improve your lymphatic system while reducing puffiness brought by stress and lack of sleep.
As a general recommendation, always look for products with vitamins, peptides, AHA, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid. All of these help to nourish our skin on our 40s and keep the wrinkles away.
Quarterly and yearly care
Every quarter, we recommend that you see your dermatologist for a professional-strength peeling session. This will remove uneven spots and dead skin cells that scrubbing alone won’t strip off.
It also won’t hurt if you will indulge in a full skin treatment once or twice a year. In case you feel something is off on your skin, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a derm doctor.
At this age, experts recommend that you get head-to-toe skin checks to find out if you are at risk of melanoma. It’s always better to catch the signs of skin conditions before it flares up in full.