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With advancing age comes a little skin care wisdom along with it. You’ve gotten to know your skin over the years, observed its changes, and addressed new concerns. The one constant you may have noticed is that your skin’s needs do in fact change as you get older, and that is something that won’t end in your 40s—sorry! Many things can affect how your skin looks, including age.
As you age, you may notice that your skin is starting to feel drier, for example, and that wrinkles and dark spots are becoming more visible. Of course, growing older isn’t all bad. Your skin tells your story and you should be proud of where you are today. You made it to your 40s: That’s a solid accomplishment! Still, if you’d like to address signs of aging in your 40s, there’s no reason you can’t do that. It’s all about changing your skin care routine to suit what your skin needs now. Keep reading for an anti-aging skin care routine tailored to those in their 40s.
If your skin seems to be drier than it was in your 20s or 30s, there’s an explanation for this. As you age, skin loses moisture, nutrients, and natural oils, leading it to feeling drier and possibly even uncomfortable. And using a facial cleanser that isn’t formulated for dry, mature skin is a definite skin care no-no. Make the switch to a cream cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser, to wash your face without compromising your complexion’s comfort.
While you’ve surely figured out by now that you need to moisturize—it’s a must—you may need to kick things up a notch or two. If your aging skin is feeling drier than it did when you were younger, you may need to add a more hydrating moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 45+ Moisturizer, to your anti-aging skin care routine. (In addition to moisturizing, this anti-aging cream also helps to improve the look of skin’s smoothness and firmness.) Be sure to moisturize twice a day—morning and night—after cleansing. Smooth your anti-aging cream of choice onto your skin while it’s still damp to help lock in hydration.
When it comes to aging, “it’s all in the eyes” isn’t so far from the truth. The delicate, thin skin around your eyes tends to be the first area to show signs of aging, and those are likely to only become more noticeable in your 40s. At this point, hopefully you’ve already introduced an eye cream into your routine—after all, it’s never too early to do so—but just in case you haven’t, get on that ASAP. Smooth on an anti-aging eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm, in both the A.M. and P.M. as the final step in your anti-aging skin care routine.
Applying a facial oil may have sounded scary as a teen when your skin was likely a whole lot oilier than it is now, but that certainly shouldn’t be the case anymore. Adding a facial oil into your anti-aging skin care routine is another way to take your moisturizing to the next level. Look for a facial oil that helps give skin a glow, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil Light, and apply 4-5 drops to your face before reaching for your moisturizer.
Another skin care product that can come in handy in your 40s is serum. Look for one that addresses signs of aging, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum. This serum is formulated with golden micro-reflectors to help illuminate the appearance of your skin. Apply it in between cleansing and moisturizing morning and night.
Contemplating skipping out on sunscreen? Think again. No matter your age, you should be applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15 every single day as directed. And of course, don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating). In addition to sunscreen application, you should be taking other sun protection measures as well. These include limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Ready to prepare for the future? Next, head on over to our article, 4 Skin Care Tips for Women Over 50.