In your 40s, things start to get a bit more challenging. You'll need to adapt your skincare regimen and lifestyle to the changes that come with age.
You might be employing preventative measures, but you can't fight the inevitable age and hormonal-related changes—though you can make efforts to help counteract them.
The skin's elasticity decreases, hormonal changes increase, sun damage is more noticeable, and you're likely to experience perimenopause.
Slower collagen production combined with hormonal changes causes a change in the tone and texture of your skin. Your face and neck may lose volume and elasticity, and the eyelids experience hooding.
Cell renewal rate is even slower than it was in your 30s, so you'll have to work a bit harder to combat a dull complexion.
The best approach is to craft an age-appropriate skincare routine while adapting to the changes your body is facing.
A few tweaks are needed to your regimen. For example, since your skin produces less oil now, it's more vulnerable to environmental stressors like pollution and the sun.
Incorporate an antioxidant-rich serum (like our Neroli Radiance Serum) to fight off free radicals. Look for a product that also has hydrating and collagen-boosting ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid.
The 40s are an excellent time to start using a retinol product. Research shows that topical retinoids such as (vitamin A) can help to effectively exfoliate, diminish the appearance of wrinkles, brighten your look, leading to rejuvenated skin.
Exfoliating is already a part of your skincare routine, and that's great. But in your 40s, you need to improve it. Since the cells aren't renewing as frequently, the skin experiences more dullness.
Your exfoliant may be appropriate for your skin type while gentle enough to use frequently. However, this may not be sufficient.
Adding a mild chemical exfoliant to your routine provides an instant glow, normalizes the skin's moisture barrier, exfoliates, removes impurities, and fights off environmental stressors. At-home chemical exfoliants are simple to use. They come in the form of solution-soaked pads that you swipe over your face.
Our younger years are only about prevention. However, our 40s focus on prevention as well as treating specific skincare issues.
Such problems include collagen depletion, age/sun spots, ruddiness, uneven skin tone, and fine lines/wrinkles.
Your skincare procedures should go beyond your chin. Gravity and neglect play a significant role in the aging of the neck. Sun damage and genetics are contributors too.
Apply your SPF, moisturizers, serums, and other face products to your neck as well for prevention and corrective measures.
A balanced diet is critical, but our bodies need help from supplements as we age. However, they shouldn't be abused. Consult your doctor before starting anything new.
Collagen supplements provide the skin with proteins that are lost as production declines with age. Omega-rich fish oil can help relieve perimenopause symptoms (hot flashes).
Just like in your 30s, peels are great for reducing the appearance of dullness, bringing a brighter, more even look to your face, and firming up your look. Peels also improve the appearance of your skin tone and minimize the appearance of large pores. There are organic, and herbal enzyme peels available if you prefer a non-toxic lifestyle.
However, you might need stronger peels. Talk to a licensed professional about what is best for you.
LED treatments alleviate a variety of conditions. These include acne breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, rosacea, evening out your skin tone, and reducing pore size.
It's popular because it's non-invasive and painless. Red light stimulates collagen production, firms your look, and reduces pore size. Blue light kills the bacteria that causes whiteheads, acne, and clogged pores.
This method plumps up those stubborn areas that botox can't completely treat, like crows feet.
This therapy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the face and elsewhere in the body.
Gentle lasers work well in your 20's and 30's, but not your 40s. You need aggressive treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Your body needs physical activity now more than ever. Working out counters slow metabolism and helps reverse some signs of aging.
Do whatever you can to get your body moving. Get a workout buddy, take the stairs, walk on your lunch break, or get up from your desk every half hour.
According to research, women are three times more likely to suffer from insomnia, anxiety, stress, and depression in the five years before menopause. This is due to the loss of progesterone hormone that calms your adrenal response system.
Self-care is vital. Even 20-30 minutes of relaxed me-time a day can make a difference. Don't forget to eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep.
As estrogen production decreases, bone loss increases. This means you need to eat more of whole, calcium-rich foods. For example, canned salmon, yogurt, sardines, almonds, seeds, leafy greens, lentils, cheese, and milk.
The Sole Toscana Skincare Team