Forty is the new 30? Absolutely—especially if you’ve been following our advice for the last two decades. But as much as we all strive to look younger, 40—in its truest form—can actually bring its own beauty blessings. Acne subsides for most, as do the hormone-propelled pigment issues from previous years. Your biggest worries are likely dryness, dullness, and burgeoning lines. Luckily, this phase tends to deliver more time to devote to your skin, as careers and even kids have perhaps grown more established.
Exfoliate more often, but gently.
In your 30s, your skin’s inherent machinery—things like its natural rate of cell renewal and collagen production—began to downshift. And by 40, you really start seeing the effects. Dead skin cells are slower to slough off—and the pileup can contribute to dryness and dull tone and even accentuate existing spots and wrinkles, we should encourages every-other-day exfoliation for the smoothest, brightest effect. But be sure to counterbalance greater frequency with lesser potency. Right around 40 “is when I transition people from chemical to physical exfoliates, The skin is drier now, its barrier depleted, and mild scrubs tend to give more control, If you start to feel irritated, you can stop and rinse. Acids, on the other hand, aren’t always so easy to turn off.
Add a hydrating serum.
Your barrier isn’t solely to blame for skin’s sudden state of desiccation. The moisture-trapping molecules in your dermis, like hyaluronic acid, start to diminish in the 40s, These waning humectants trigger dehydration—while also predisposing us to volume loss by creating a collapsing or deflating reaction in the skin, To help plump and rehydrate, start replacing what’s been lost with a hyaluronic acid serum.
Go for richer antioxidants and sunscreens.
Have we mentioned that your skin in your 40s tends to be dry? Right. Now’s the time to rethink your go-tos. You’ll always need antioxidants and sunscreen to safeguard collagen and fend off spots and skin cancers. But your longtime faves may not be the right consistency for your ever-evolving skin. Retire the oil-free liquids and go for thicker, creamier versions with added hydrators and anti-agers, ones that spikes its base with plant-based brighteners, to boot.
Update your eye cream.
Call it the case of the disappearing eyelids: A lot of women in their 40s find their upper lids are way more lax than they used to be, They notice it most when applying eye shadow—there’s suddenly less space to work with, as the skin right beneath the brows starts to drop down, encroaching on that top lid. That’s your cue to invest in an eye cream with retinol or retinaldehyde, a milder form of vitamin A. Both can help improve crow’s-feet, as well. Tap on a tiny bit wherever you can feel bone (not eyeball) under the skin. If you’re sensitive, start by using it just once or twice a week.
Slap on a night cream or mask before bed.
Soothe skin and hydrate by topping off your evening fixers with a night cream or sleeping mask loaded with moisture-binding humectants (glycerin, hyaluronic acid), natural oils, antioxidants (equally important day and night), and healing ceramides.
Use all the collagen growers.
Expand your anti-aging arrangement to include not just retinoids and peptides—though they’re still every bit as crucial—but growth factors and stem cells, too. Many women who are battling dry skin can’t use retinoids as often as they once could—yet they need the collagen boosting now more than ever, That’s where these supplemental actives come in: While they repair and replenish skin by different means, both stem cells and growth factors can promote cell turnover and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, That said, anti-aging is a team sport—and all of these ingredients work better together. Twice a day, apply a serum with growth factors or stem cells, like Serum. At night, use a prescription-strength retinoid—consider the milder and more emollient ReFissa or Renova—as often as skin will tolerate. Even if you’re sensitive, prescription versions really are a must in this decade, if only two nights a week, They’ll also help clear any hormonal acne related to perimenopause that can sneak up in late 40s.” On off nights, reach for a tried-and-true peptide serum to keep collagen cells churning.