Is it too late to start a skincare routine in your Forties?

Most skin experts agree it is never too late to begin a skincare regimen.

Regardless of your age, you will reap the benefits, but the key is to make sure you follow your schedule every day. The body goes through major changes in our 40s, and the skin is no exception. It’s a time when chin acne and dryness can rear their ugly heads.

Additionally, wrinkles, laxity, and other age-related symptoms including fine lines and wrinkles start to show. This is why you MUST get ahead of the game and show the 20 and 30 somethings that you look better than ever, making them envy your skin. Whether you want a basic routine or an all-in skin preservation regimen, here
are some recommendations.

Are you just a beginner to a proper skincare routine?

Do you have a low-key approach to skin care? Did you know that even in your 40s, your basics should give your skin a gentle boost. It should include these simple steps: cleanse, moisturise, and protect. Here are a few items that contain the necessary elements for you.

1. Choose a gentle cleanser with benefits.

Dry skin is common in your 40s. You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils, as they help to keep your complexion soft and plump. Cream cleansers are generally better for older skin, however if you do prefer a foaming cleanser, try a mousse or use a gentle, soothing cleanser to remove any debris that may have accumulated throughout the night.

Micellar cleansers are also a great option. These cleansers attract dirt and oil, lifting them off the skin. They often also contain hydrating ingredients, making them a gentle alternative for older, more sensitive skin.

Try the below three top picks, available at SkiNcolab:

Ideal to effectively remove all make-up and impurities from normal to dry skin.

This 3-in-1 micellar water is for all skin types, even sensitive skin, to gently remove impurities, excess sebum and makeup (even waterproof).

This gentle cleanser can be used daily, removing even the most stubborn make-up. Your skin will instantly feel refreshed, cleansed and moisturised.

2. Effective moisturisation is key for older skin.

As we get older, our skin cells regenerate slower, sebaceous gland activity slows and the skin’s barrier function is reduced. All these factors make the skin less effective at retaining moisture. An effective and rich moisturiser is critical to maintain healthy looking skin and delay the formation of wrinkles. 

Look for a good anti-ageing day cream, with an SPF that hydrates and revives the skin. Night time is also such an important time for the skin. This is when it regenerates and rejuvenates, and this is even more the case for ageing skin. Skin experts always advise it’s crucial to apply a night treatment product containing actives that will address the most common signs of ageing such as lack of firmness, dark spots and wrinkles.

A SPF moisturiser that smoothes wrinkles and brightens
dull skin while providing UV protection.

Wine Elixir Night Cream regenerates and brightens the complexion, Reduces wrinkles & Firms the skin.

3. Adding an anti-ageing serum to your skincare routine as you get older can also be helpful.

Serums are like boosters for the skin. They are generally highly concentrated and address specific concerns such as lines and wrinkles, firmness or dehydration.

We love these anti-aging and hydrating serums from REN, Apivita, Neogen and L’Occitane.

A plumping, hydrating water-activated treatment. Apply to freshly cleansed face and neck. Use daily before your moisturiser.

This collagen boosting serum not only hydrates the skin but also replenishes and calms irritated and sensitive skin.

After using toner, apply gently along the skin texture for better absorption.

A SPF moisturiser that smoothes wrinkles and brightens dull skin while providing UV protection.

4. The final consideration when it comes to a complete skincare routine for over 40s is protection.

Whilst much of the damage to our skin is done in our youth, it is never too late to protect our skin. Environmental factors, such as exposure to sun, cold, wind and pollution can wreak havoc on your skin and result in either premature or accelerated ageing. Using a day cream with an SPF daily will prevent sun damage. There are also products which counteract the general effects of pollution.

We recommend Evercalm Global Protection day cream from REN. It’s a soothing daily moisturiser which hydrates and protects dry and sensitive skin.

Also worth trying is the Age Protect range from Uriage. Their Multi-Action fluid acts on both signs of ageing and daily aggressions damaging the skin. Optimised to combat the effects of blue light, UV rays, pollution, stress, and fatigue, this cream is enriched with moisturising active ingredients which leave the skin perfectly hydrated and supple.

Be consistent

Over and above the products you include in your skincare routine, being consistent with caring for your skin as you get older is of paramount importance. Don’t  be discouraged if you’re starting a skincare routine even if you’re in your 40s. 

While it’s true that skin tends to become drier, thinner, and more prone to wrinkles as we age, there are still many steps you can take to improve your skin’s health and appearance. By following a daily skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, moisturising, and sun protection, you can help to minimise the signs of aging and keep your skin looking its best. 

In addition, incorporating other healthy habits such as staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep can also have a positive impact on your skin.

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