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6 Skin Care Tips For Women In Their 40’s

Beauty / Sexy Mama / November 30, 2015

Although I could pass for 25, I am actually 41 and I have not always taken great care of my skin.  Now that I am nearing 42, I have been conscience of my skin care routine and there are several things that I have to do differently in my 40’s than I did in my 20’s as far as skin care in concerned.Although I have talked to my dermatologist about options like botox for the smile lines around my mouth but decided against it because who REALLY knows what you are being injected with.  So since botox is out the door and although the saying “good black don’t crack,” stands true, I am still aware that I have to do what I can to keep my skin looking as young as possible. Here are a few of my skin care musts for women in their 40’s:

Hydrate

Water, water, water is the most important thing needed to keep your skin looking young.  If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.

So what is the best way to add water to the skin?

  • Apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and is vulnerable to products that are applied following the bath or shower, allowing better absorption.
  • Apply a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturizer, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.
  • Drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin… but it certainly can’t hurt.

Sleep

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A good night’s sleep can mean good skin health because when you’re sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality and baby, sleep is one of the hardest things to get now a days…at least for me.

When you don’t have enough sleep, it increases your skins inflammatory response and shows up as increased acne breakouts, increased skin sensitivity, increased allergic contact dermatitis reactions, and increased irritant dermatitis — and more severe conditions mean more treatment and skin care.

Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles and ain’t nobody got time for that!

Exfoliate

As you age, your skin becomes drier and less elastic, which can result in lines and wrinkles. We also find your skin is more rough in texture than it used to be. This is because of the multiple layers of dead skin cells that accumulate of the years. Exfoliaiting aids your skin to maintain its luster and shine as you age. Exfoliation is also the perfect solution to lighten and brighten age and sun spots.

Exfoliating the tired, dead cells also speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing new healthy cells to take their place. This process turns your complexion from dull and dry to bright, vibrant, and smooth. In addition, regular exfoliation reduces fine lines and wrinkles and keeps your skin much softer!

AHA or Retiniod Products

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Products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or retinoids can make your skin look younger. If you want to reduce the signs of aging, ask your dermatologist if a product that contains a retinoid, such as tretinoin, may be right for you. Also consider using products with antioxidants, as these may help repair and prevent further skin damage. Regimens can also be tailored to minimize potential skin irritation.

Moisturize

Oil production in the skin diminishes in our 40s, so it is important to moisturize your skin regularly. The best time to moisturize is right after taking a bath or shower. If your skin still feels dry with consistent daily moisturizing, apply moisturizer a few times throughout the day.

Sunscreen

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Research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun accelerate skin aging – making sun protection a critical part of every anti-aging skin care plan. To protect your skin, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to your face, neck and body whenever you are going outside. For additional protection, seek shade and wear sun-protective clothing whenever possible.

 

 

 

 


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Ty Knighten
Ty Knighten knows a thing or two about relationships and dating. A single mom from Calif., Ty decided to turn her experiences in love and relationships into a blog. Written with plenty of sass, her mission is to help women empower themselves to realize love, success and confidence through her articles. She writes about dating and relationships from the perspective of a single mom but adds insights that will help women and men as they maneuver through the confusing world of dating and relationships. You can reach her on Twitter @UHeardMeRight, on Facebook at The Sexy Single Mommy or connect with her on Google+ and Instagram at chocoty.




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14 Comments

on January 6, 2016

Great tips! I’m in my forties as well and thankfully I got pretty good skin. I’ve been trying a lot of new anti ageing products, but I think I’ll just skip them.

    on January 7, 2016

    I have tried anti having creams but they make me break out, as well. I’ve decided to skip them, too.

on January 7, 2016

Great tips! I turned 30 last year, and I can tell the difference already in my skin. I’m trying to find more moisturizers that will work with my new dry skin. Thanks for sharing!

    on January 7, 2016

    Isn’t it funny how our skin changes so much at different ages. Moisturizing is so important. Let me know if you cone across a good one.

on January 7, 2016

Great tips. I think they work for all women in general. Thanks for sharing.

on January 7, 2016

I’ve always been obsessed with facial skin care, now that I’m in my 30s its definitely changed. I went all through high school with no skin problems and in my late 20s I was hit with brake outs on my forehead. But now I found a skin care routine that works for me.

    on January 10, 2016

    Having a skin care routine is so important. It takes a long time to figure out what works best for you but definitely, worth it.

on January 8, 2016

Great tips! I need to do better with the H2O and sleep. On most days I lack both.

    on January 10, 2016

    Shantel, it seems to H2O seems to be the common factor that most women seem to struggle with. Sleep is also an issue for me.

on January 8, 2016

Thanks for the tips. I am in my mid- 30’s and notice the difference hydration makes… Great blog…

    on January 10, 2016

    Thank you. You are correct, hydration is very important. I have to do better with that.

on January 9, 2016

Awesome tips! Skincare is a top priority for me, especially as I’m in my mid-30s. Drinking a lot of water is a MUST!

    on January 10, 2016

    Yes, drinking water is so important and the very thing that I struggle the most with.

on February 15, 2016

These are such great tips! I’m not 40 yet but I plan on using them. You have to start early so that you have a regiment and it becomes second nature to do it.



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