Just like fine wine, we happen to believe that everyone gets better with age. But when it comes to your skin, your 40s could be the decade that signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, become more prevalent. A consistent skin care routine (including facial cleanser, moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen) is key for women of any age. That said, there are certain skin care products you should specifically consider adding to your skin care regimen in your 40s. Here are our best anti-aging skin care products for your 40s.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #1: CREAM FACIAL CLEANSER
As you age, your skin becomes drier, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). This is because it loses moisture, nutrients, and natural oils. Stay away from foaming or gel facial cleansers when washing your face and use a cream facial cleanser instead. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser, which is formulated for mature skin, is a perfect option. It gently removes all traces of impurities and makeup without over-drying for softer, smoother, more supple skin. Morning and night, lather the cleanser into wet hands and gently massage it onto your skin before rinsing off and moving on to the rest of your skin care routine.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #2: HYALURONIC ACID SERUM
Typically, serums have formulas with highly concentrated ingredients that help to target specific skin issues, like fine lines and wrinkles or dark spots. So, it’s safe to say a serum may be one of the best skin products for those 40 and above. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid and helps enhance your skin's own moisture-retention for lasting hydration. It also helps reduce wrinkles for visibly plumped and youthful-looking skin. Apply two to three drops after cleansing in the morning and at night.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #3: DAYTIME MOISTURIZER
A solid daytime moisturizer can make all the difference in how your complexion looks. The AAD explains that moisturizer can help trap water in your skin, which is essential to hydration. Try using a moisturizer that’s specifically formulated for mature skin, so you know it’s a match. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream, which is formulated with manuka honey and nurturing oils, is an intense daily moisturizer that helps restore comfort and nourishing moisture to mature, very dry skin. Smooth it gently over clean skin in a circular motion every morning. Aside from a facial moisturizer, the AAD also recommends using a body moisturizer and lip balm.
Editor’s tip: If you’re using a serum, apply your moisturizer afterward. The general rule of thumb is to apply your skin care products from thinnest to thickest.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #4: MOISTURIZER WITH SPF
While we’re on the topic of moisturizer, you can also consider a daytime moisturizer that’s formulated with SPF. The AAD states that sun protection is the foundation of every anti-aging skin care plan, since the sun’s rays make skin age quicker. You can use a separate sunscreen to protect your skin, or knock out two steps in one by using an anti-aging moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30.
Of course, sunscreen (or moisturizer with SPF) shouldn’t be your only defense against the sun. Follow the Food & Drug Administration’s sun protection recommendations, which include avoiding the sun during peak hours and wearing accessories like a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #5: NECK AND CHEST CREAM
Many of us don’t pay attention to our neck and chest. If you only focus on your face, it’s time to show the skin below your jawline some major TLC. You can apply your regular moisturizer to your neck and chest, or you can look for one that’s specifically formulated for these areas, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face, Neck, Chest, and Hands. This all-over balm absorbs quickly to relieve mature, very dry skin on the face, neck, chest, and hands—even on the go. You can use it morning and night.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #6: EYE GEL
Oftentimes, your eyes can be a dead giveaway of your age. And that’s why using an eye cream should be part of your daily skin care routine in your 40s—if not earlier. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel can help brighten dark circles, reduce puffy bags, and cushion mature, very dry skin around the eyes. Apply it after cleansing morning and night, then follow up with your serum and moisturizer.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #7: NIGHT CREAM
Your skin care routine wouldn’t be complete without a night cream—and we have the perfect one for you to use in your 40s. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm helps hydrate skin immediately to leave the face, neck, and chest firmer, stronger, and more resilient. Apply it as the last step in your nighttime skin care routine and let it absorb. Enjoy your beauty sleep!
To put some of our best anti-aging skin care products for your 40s to use, here is The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine for Your 40s.