Exfoliators, foaming face washes, masks, and serums — whatever you use in your skin care regimen, there’s a good chance you went through some trial and error to land on your favorite combination of products and routines.
However, the products and routines you focused on in your 30s are different from those you’ll want to focus on in your 40s. As we enter each new decade, it’s important to zero in on the skin care products that work best for our unique needs. This guarantees you’ll experience soft, supple skin even as you age.
6 Steps to Improved Skin Care
Skin Care in Your 30s
Once you hit your 30s, you’ll need to reconsider your beauty routines to accommodate drier and more sensitive skin.
Commandment #1: Make Vitamin C Your Friend
Why vitamin C? Most dermatologists recommend high-quality products and routines for women in their 30s. Purchase an affordable, skin-invigorating vitamin C product that comes in an airless pump. The reason vitamin C is so important is that most people, by the time they reach their 30s, have achieved at least a minimal amount of skin damage from the sun.
Most people have some level of skin discoloration by their 30s, as well. With a vitamin C skin product, you can work on undoing damage from the past and achieve an even skin tone once again. Vitamin C products, such as serums, can also work to prevent further skin discoloration from the sun’s harmful rays.
When shopping for a vitamin C product, keep in mind that vitamin c is an unstable product that breaks down in air. By choosing products in opaque, airless pumps, you’ll extend the life of the product.
Commandment #2: Switch from Makeup Powder to Cream
Skip the powders. One of the best shifts you can make in your skin care regimen is to switch from powder makeup to cream makeup. You might want to trade in all of your powdered foundations and highlighters for products that have creamier textures, such as cream blushes and cream foundations. Products with creamier textures will brighten and enhance your facial features, giving you a dewy finish instead of emphasizing dry skin.
We all want our skin to remain healthy and youthful our entire lives, and while this might not be entirely possible, we can still make some changes to help keep it looking as fresh as possible. With a few choice products and a little flexibility, you can head into your 40s with great-looking skin and keep it looking youthful for years to come.
Skin Care in Your 40s
As you head into your 40s, get ready for a new twist in your skin care regimen. While you might have focused on issues related to drier or more sensitive skin in your 30s, you’ll want to pay even closer attention to issues like fine lines and emerging wrinkles in your 40s.
Commandment #3: Use a Good, Hydrating Cleanser
You may be surprised to know that the wrong cleansing routine could, in fact, be helping to age your skin prematurely. Many people begin to notice the emergence of fine lines and even wrinkles by the time they reach their 40s, often around the eyes. Skin loses its collagen and its elasticity as we age, but the good news is that with the right products, you can minimize the effect aging has on your skin.
One of the first steps you can take to minimize the appearance of wrinkles is using a quality, hydrating cleanser. You’ve probably known for some time that cleansing your skin on a daily basis is important. Washing your face with a reputable cleanser before bed helps remove oil, makeup, and dirt. It also opens your pores, which helps your skin breathe.
Commandment #4: Fight Aging with Retinoid Cream
By the time you hit your 40s, you’ve probably already tried a slew of products that may or may not have delivered the results you desired. What’s great is that it’s never too late to find what works. And, since everyone’s skin is different, it can take a little trial and error to land on the perfect skin care line.
Your best defense as you ease into your 40s? Retinoid cream. This type of cream helps aid your skin in producing its own collagen. With regular use, retinoid cream can help your skin feel smoother and thicker. It’s usually recommended to wash and dry your face, then apply a thin layer for best results.
Commandment #5: Open Your Eyes to Eye Serum
Another great skin care product for those in their 40s? A good eye serum. Many people know what eye cream is, but eye serum is a little different. Creams generally have what are referred to as viscous textures. Serums have gel-like textures instead. Skin absorbs serum more quickly because of its gel-like consistency.
A Good Rule for All Ages
As our bodies age, our needs change, but it’s important to remember that some things remain constant, too:
Use sunscreen when you’re going to be in the sun.
Get enough sleep.
Make it a habit to moisturize daily.
Either way, by practicing good self-care, as you grow older, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you did what was best for your skin and made yourself look beautiful all through the years.