Our skin is a finicky thing — we need to pay careful attention to its needs to ensure we are giving it the best care it deserves. And even when we do just that, sometimes our skin decides to throw a tantrum and starts to spew at us one issue after another. One day breakouts start to make a sudden entrance, another day brings to us skin that is dry and dehydrated, and just when we think we have got it all sorted out, our skin begins to react badly to a new product we introduced into our skincare routine.
Despite the frustration that our skin sometimes gives us, skincare is still an important part of most — if not all — of our daily lives. For most women, the beginnings of our skincare routines start to flower during our teens. And as we grow older, we learn new things about our skin we did not know before, our skin provides us with new problems we never had to deal with in the past (adult acne, anyone?) but all we can do is adjust to the changing conditions of our skin to ensure it stays in an optimal state.
How To Care For Your Changing Skin
Adjusting to these changing conditions means having to either do a complete overhaul of our skincare routines, or making a few tweaks here and there by adding or removing products from our current routine. Tailoring our routines to what our skin needs at that current moment is vital to make sure it performs at its best. What worked for us when we were in our 20s and 30s may not necessarily work one or two decades later.
If you are in your 40s and finding your current skincare routine not working for you, check out the following tips to see if you need to make any changes to your routine:
Use A Gentle, Hydrating Cleanser
As you get older, your skin can begin to look more sallow and dull due to the slowing down of oil production. Thus, keeping your skin plump and hydrated is key to maintain a youthful appearance and combat the dullness of your skin. This means not using harsh cleansers that will strip your skin of its natural oils such as foaming cleansers or those that contain abrasive ingredients like alcohol and witch hazel. Instead, opt for gentler cleansers with a heavier formulation like milk, cream or oil-based ones. Look out for cleansers with hydration-boosting ingredients too such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients will help retain the level of moisture in your skin, ensuring your skin remains soft and plump throughout your later years.
Step Up Your Exfoliation Game
While you were in your 20s and 30s, most skincare advice emphasised the importance of limiting your exfoliation to only once or twice a week. Any more than this and your skin can become aggravated, resulting in more skin problems than you had before. However, it is a whole different story when you hit your 40s. At this age, your skin’s cell renewal rate slows down, which means it will take a longer time for the dead cells on your skin to be removed. This can lead to skin that is dry and dull, two things you want to avoid when in your 40s and beyond. To combat this, increase the number of times you exfoliate your skin to about four times a week. This will ensure you are regularly getting rid of the build-up of dead skin cells, thus encouraging your skin’s cell turnover rate. Plus, this will aid in with skin concerns such as improving past acne scars. When exfoliating your skin at this high frequency, it is essential to ensure that the exfoliator you use is gentle enough so your skin will not become aggravated. Whether you are using an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliator, opt for one in a lower percentage to allow your skin to get used to the frequent exfoliation.
Incorporate A Hydrating Serum
After all that exfoliating, adding hydration back into your skin is extremely important to prevent your skin from drying out or from developing flakiness and peeling. If you have just been using a regular moisturiser in your skincare routine all this time, your 40s is the best time to include something new to the mix such as a hydrating serum. While serums tend to be lighter in texture compared to moisturisers, they often contain a higher concentration of active ingredients. This enables the active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin, allowing the skin to receive the full benefits of the ingredients. An active ingredient you should look out for when adding a hydrating serum into your skincare routine is hyaluronic acid. This acid works by pulling moisture from its surrounding environment, thus when applied onto your skin, hyaluronic acid will help to maintain your skin’s moisture level and preventing your skin from getting dry and dull.
Get A Retinol-Infused Eye Cream
Fine lines and wrinkles are a given when you are in your 40s, no matter how diligent you were in taking care of your eye area during your younger days, due to the reduction in your skin’s collagen production. Even if these skin aging symptoms are not as apparent on your skin, they will develop even further as the years go by, and the standard eye cream you have been using will not cut it. To target this concern, consider switching to an eye cream that contains retinol. A powerhouse skincare ingredient, retinol will help to increase the skin’s collagen production as well as promote its cell turnover rate. Thus, incorporating a retinol eye cream into your routine will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your skin.