We all want to look our best at any age, and like seasons, which require different skincare regimens, the different seasons of our lives also require different routines. Check out these helpful tips to look and feel your best in your 40s.
1. Use a Gentle Cleanser
Choose a creamy cleanser to help keep moisture locked in your skin. Clean your face thoroughly every morning and evening. In addition to using the right cleanser for you, don’t forget to exfoliate once a week to remove that pesky dead skin that contributes to a dull, lackluster appearance. For best results from your exfoliator, use a product that contains both physical and chemical exfoliants. Consider a product with lactic acid.
Drink water all day, every day. Don’t let yourself be thirsty! If you’re thirsty, you’ve already lost important moisture by then, and that moisture is what gives your skin the shine you want. Start and end your day with a tall glass of water (and drink throughout the day – depending on build, the Institute of Medicine recommends 9 (!) glasses of water per day for women and 13 for men).
Oils. Creams. Moisturizers. All day, every day. Consider investing in the right for your moisturizer. Moisturizer should be your second favorite friend after your cleanser. Some experts even recommend applying one drop of oil, specially designed for application to older faces, on your face. “As we get “wiser” physiologic changes in the skin decrease the area available for moisture absorption,” says Dr. Amanda “Amy” Wolthoff of U.S. Dermatology Partners of Dallas Uptown. “This and a 50% reduction in sweat and oil gland activity results in dry skin. Replenishing the skin with a good moisturizer that can repair the barrier and hydrate the skin can lead to a healthy glow and decreased wrinkles.”
Your body repairs itself when you sleep, so make sure you give yourself ample time to repair the damage of the day. But make sure you’ve washed away all the toxins, dirt, oil, and make-up of the day.
5. Sun Protection
The sun dries out your skin, vastly contributes to wrinkles and discoloration. You need to apply sunscreen every single time you plan on going out into the sun. An SPF of at least 30 is recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.
And lastly, consider in-office treatments! There has been a boom (and boon) of technological advances for skincare and dermatology services. Microdermabrasion, peels, and laser treatments don’t irritate the skin and can happen quickly and conveniently. Schedule an appointment with our lovely staff at U.S. Dermatology Partners.
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