When you start to see visible wrinkles and dryness on your skin, you might think that that’s probably the end of taking care of your skin. However, skincare doesn’t stop at 40 or when wrinkles kick in. In fact, it is during this time that skincare is important more than ever. Ageing skin, like other skin types, needs a solid skincare routine for a youthful and radiant appearance. Here is a skincare routine you should give a shot for healthy and beautiful skin in your 40s going onwards:
Regardless of your skin type, cleansing is a must at the end of the day because the air is filled with impurities that could be causing your damage to your skin. However, because ageing skin tends to lose moisture, nutrients, and natural oils, resulting in skin that looks and feels drier, include a creamy cleanser into your skincare routine rather than a foaming one. A creamy cleanser can help replenish moisture to the surface of your skin for a fresh look.
For ageing skin, I would highly recommend Qasil Beauty’s cream cleanser that is fragrance-free. This cream cleanser has the ability to cleanse any form of dirt and debris without stripping away the skin’s natural protective oils.
Before rushing to moisturize your skin after cleansing, a serum is recommended for ageing skin. As skin ages, it loses its elasticity and wrinkles begin to form. A serum helps to restore and maintain the elasticity of the skin. Additionally, a good serum helps tighten the skin and reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Women in their 40s and 50s should invest in a serum that’s packed with vitamins, collagen and antioxidants.
For best results, make sure you apply your serum on freshly cleansed skin before moisturizing, morning and night.
A moisturizer is a must to keep the dryness of ageing skin at bay. Look for a moisturizer that’s formulated to revive your skin tone and stimulate skin cell renewal.
Make sure that any moisturizer you include in the skincare routine for ageing skin contains ingredients such as hydrating hyaluronic acid, skin-barrier-protecting ceramides, brightening niacinamide, and wrinkle-fighting retinol. And even though every moisturizer may not contain all of those ingredients, make sure that the moisturizer you choose contains any of the ingredients mentioned.
When you apply your facial moisturizer in the morning and evening (atop your serum and underneath your makeup), don’t stop at your jawline—moisturize your neck and chest area, too. Think about it: This area is just as prone to becoming dry and showing signs of fine lines, so it’s important to protect and prevent.
Use eye cream
For some women using an eye cream may seem like an unnecessary extra skincare step because they might think that moisturizers can be used around the eyes. However, if you read instructions on moisturizers, they caution users from using them around the eyes because they can irritate them.
A good eye cream should have the ability to reduce wrinkling around the eyes, dark circles under the eyes and darkening of the eyelids. When choosing an eye cream, go for one that has moisturizing ingredients such as retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Polyenylphosphotidyl Choline (PPC), Neuropeptides, green tea and caffeine.
Once you notice visible signs of ageing on your skin, exfoliation should become part and parcel of your skincare routine. Exfoliation helps to easily remove dead skin cells that the skin produces more than often especially when it starts to age. When shopping for an exfoliator for ageing skin, make sure it contains micro-pearls or glycolic acid, to help exfoliate away dullness and bring out more radiant-looking skin.
When exfoliating, make sure to include your lips to keep your pout looking its very best too. Exfoliate your lips once or twice a week before lipstick and follow with a hydrating lip balm.