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4 Skin Care Rules You Should Follow By Your 40s

40 year old woman with glowing skin
June 6, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments

Forty-something seems to be a turning point for a lot of women, or at least it appears that way from my email inbox. One of the most common inquiries I receive is from women who wake up on a random day at the age of 42 and find that they look a lot more like their mother than they would like to. What has become clear is that the skin care regimen they evolved in their 30s just isn’t cutting it and some changes need to be made. Below you will find my recommendations for what you should to start doing in your 40s to look younger longer.

Switch to a creamy cleanser
Cleansers with typical surfactants can strip the skin of oil. For many 30-somethings this can seem like a good thing, but in your 40s your skin is starting to become a little dryer and certain cleansers can make things worse.  Cream Cleansers are designed to add moisture to the skin, especially helpful for dry, aging or problematic types. After washing your face, the skin should feel hydrated and relaxed — not tight or dry. One of my favorite cream cleansers is the I Pekar Cleanser ($60 in the shop) with raw honey, plant-based antioxidants and vitamins.

Introduce exfoliation
As we get older, the turnover rate of our cells slows down. This is the rate at which cells reproduce in the epidermal junction and where they are held together by lipids, ceramides and long chain fatty acids. The young cells gradually migrate to the skin surface where they die. Exfoliation speeds the process of skin cell turnover. The result is a more refreshed and regenerated complexion. Novices can start cautiously with a mild exfoliating cleanser such as Skin 2 Skin’s White Tea Face Wash ($37 in the shop) and build up to the game changing daily peels by Dr. Dennis Gross, such as the Ultra Gentle Alpha Beta Daily Peel ($88 in the shop).

Get on collagen’s case
Collagen is one of the body’s key natural resources, so it’s unfortunate that collagen production typically begins to decline after the age of 40. When collagen breaks down, your skin becomes weaker, and this can lead to sagging. You might have noticed that high-tech potions and lotions claim to reach the fibroblasts. This is important because a fibroblast is a type of cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen.

A good proportion of collagen is made up of the amino acid proline. So you can start to introduce an amino acid serum such asBRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide Youth Regenerating Serum ($95 in the shop). Vitamin C is a co-factor with several amino acids for the synthesis of collagen. Indeed a deficiency in vitamin C will result in destroyed collagen. So a good vitamin C serum such Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collgen Brighten & Firm Serum ($78 in the shop) will also help boost collagen.

Not only do copper peptides promote collagen, they actually remove any that is damaged. Copper is the key mineral in lysyl oxidase, an enzyme that weaves together collagen and elastin. Benir Beauty BV Nine Platinum Anti-Aging Bee Venom Cream ($136 in the shop) uses copper peptides and bee venom to encourage collagen production, while simultaneously delivering antioxidants.

Be serious about eye cream
The skin under the eye does not have much support structure, which is why it wrinkles easily and isn’t very elastic. The eye area is also surrounded by some of the thinnest and most delicate skin on the body. There are few oil glands to lubricate this area. Delicate eye area skin seems to be prone to a specific kind of dry wrinkliness that is known as crepiness. Slathering on a moisturizer isn't necessarily the answer. Pick an eye cream or serum that will go to town on fine lines with peptides. Skinfinite LOL Eye Serum ($49 in the shop). This is tetrapeptide-5 and it is supposed to reduce water retention and ensure lymph drainage, while protecting collagen from cross-linking.

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