As our skin changes through aging, so should our skincare routine. Your routine when you were in your 20’s or even in your 30’s won’t necessarily translate well as you enter your 40’s, because new issues and skincare needs may arise. Your genes, your sun exposure history and general lifestyle will start to show their effects of your skin as you get older. Here are the four most important things your routine should have in your 40’s:
- A Gentle Exfoliator – An essential as you get older. They keyword here is GENTLE, as a harsh exfoliator, or over exfoliating can lead to older-looking skin by damaging it. Choose a glycolic acid or enzyme-based exfoliator because they provide skin protection on top of the peeling effect.
- Serums – Especially true for peptide-based serums. Peptides boost collagen and promote elastin production. Collagen is the protein that provides structure to your skin, and elastin is what keeps it supple and resilient from damage. Having an abundance of both means your skin will never look aged.
- Retinols – Or retinoids as well. Vitamin A is a great tool to reverse sun damage, improve your skin’s repairing functions, and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Retinols/Retinoids also even out the pigmentation that starts to appear as you get older (age spots and blemishes).
- Sunscreens – The most important component of your skincare regimen is its protection from the sun. As we age, the sun begins to inflict harder damage onto our skin as our defenses weaken. A sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher that is also BROAD SPECTURM should be able to act as a barrier against UVB rays that are responsible for increasing your risk of getting skin cancers.