Skin Care In Your 40’s

10 Ways to Help Prevent Signs of Aging in Your 40’s

Everyone stresses about retaining that youthful look as we begin to age. If
you are looking to reduce the signs of aging as you enter your 40s, there are
many ways to take years off of your face and body that don’t require drastic
medical procedures and can help protect you from further aging. Try the
following 10 tips to reduce your personal signs of aging.

  1. Daily SPF: Never leave the house without first putting on a daily
    sunscreen. In your 40s, you’re probably already noticing the accumulated sun
    damage if you haven’t already been protecting your skin. It’s never too late
    to prevent further damage and aging related to sun exposure. Try a tinted
    moisturizer or sunscreen with at least 35 SPF of UVA/UVB coverage to prevent
    any more exposure.
  2. Daily cleansing routine: By the time you’re in your 40s, you already
    know how important it is to have a regular daily facial cleansing routine.
    Remember that your skin will most likely loose moisture as you age and what
    worked in your 20s probably isn’t right for you anymore. Find a daily
    cleanser that works for your skin.
  3. Retinol: A great way to prevent further aging in your 40s and turn back
    the years on your skin is using a Retinol. Put it on after washing and
    drying your skin, but before any moisturizer or other makeup you use.
    Retinols are very effective in lessening the appearance of fine lines and
    wrinkles. Retinol is effective on many other types of facial blemishes, and
    also in reducing the slight sagging on your neck and décolletage.
  4. Water: At any age, water is essential to the health of our bodies.
    Drinking enough water can help keep our bodies running efficiently in our
    40s and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Adequate water
    intake can also give you back some of that youthful glow by keeping your
    skin naturally moisturized.
  5. Exercise: Exercise is important at every age, but especially in your
    30’s and 40’s. We can tone our bodies and strengthen our bones to help
    reduce the effects of aging. As we age into our 30s and 40s, our body begins
    to loose precious calcium stored in our bones that can be restored through
    weight-bearing exercises. Exercise also releases positive endorphins that
    can help our minds feel young too.
  6. Keep your weight in check: It’s easy to add pounds slowly to our weight
    over the years, and even easier as our metabolism declines through our 30s
    and 40s. Extra weight on your body can add years to your appearance and
    overwork your body’s organs. Losing those extra pounds can make you look
    years younger than you actually are and keep your body systems running
    effectively, especially the heart.
  7. Nutrition: Nutrition can help reduce the signs of aging in many ways.
    Healthy nutrition means healthy skin. Take a daily vitamin in addition to
    eating a balanced diet. The antioxidants in vitamins and from our diet also
    help us to fight free radicals that cause cancer and the oxidation of our
    bodies. Antioxidants aid in the natural regeneration process of our skin and
    on every other bodily organ.
  8. De-stress: Learn to take some time for yourself and let go of stress. A
    stressful life can add years to your face. De-stressing can be as simple as
    taking a quiet bath, getting a pedicure, or as elaborate as taking a cruise
    to somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
  9. Face Mask: Once a week, treat yourself to a face mask to relax and
    hydrate your skin. A great option is the grape seed masks, which moisturize,
    draw dirt and oil out of your skin, and reduce pore size. A mask that
    minimizes pore size can make your skin appear younger by giving it a
    healthy, clean, and moisturized glow.
  10. Makeup: A great way to look younger in your 40s is to keep your makeup
    application light and natural. When applying makeup, never pull down or be
    too rough with your skin: gravity doesn’t need any help! A tinted
    moisturized with SPF 30 is great for a woman in her 40s as it protects your
    skin from the sun and environmental toxins, and it makes any wrinkles appear
    finer because it doesn’t cake up in the creases like a heavier foundation or
    cover-up would. Only apply just what you need to cover. Your skin will also
    be able to breathe better.

Preventing signs of aging doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time.
Many of these tips are easy and will take years of your face and body. Remember
that each of our bodies is different and the way in which we age is only 50%
genetic. The other 50% we can control if we choose to properly take care of
ourselves and the 40s is a great time to start. Stay healthy!