Are You Turning 40? Know what Skincare Routine You Should Try Out
If there is one thing in life that is sure to happen, it’s growing old. Wouldn’t it be awesome of scientist were to invent an age holder to ensure we remain young forever? While forever young is a notion in many people’s minds, it doesn’t appear like it will happen anytime soon. Anyway, such is life and there is little we can do. No, there is something we can do, and that is ensure we look awesome even though our years suggest otherwise.
By the time you are hitting 40, a lot has happened to your skin. The weather hasn’t been kind to you. Neither has the pollution all over nor stress. Fine lines have appeared and your skin tone is no longer even. That tiny wrinkle at the corner of your eyes, which only appeared whenever you found something hilarious has formed into a taunting wrinkle that won’t go away and it’s not a laughing matter anymore. This, however, should not be interpreted to mean you can’t get your glow back. There are many ways to get the glow only if you follow a best skincare routine. Here’s how your skincare regime should look after you attain the age of 40.
Cleanse Your Skin
Regardless of whether you wear makeup daily or not, it’s crucial to set aside some time every day to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Try your level best to use a creamy cleanser that won’t strip your natural oils from your skin. This is a must-do-routine, so say goodbye to laziness on this. Irrespective of your age or how tired you are at night, it’s important to make the ritual of washing your face before moving to your bedroom.
Fight back by exfoliating your skin at least twice every week after you celebrate your 39th birthday. It is best done with products that contain plenty of skin-enhancing enzymes. These enzymes help in eating away the dead cells while boosting elasticity, hydrating your skin for that elegant and radiant look. Besides, exfoliation helps in tightening your skin and in sloughing away dry, rough patches that emphasize wrinkles. Don’t overdo it because it can make your skin more sensitive and prone to blemishes.
Make it a ritual to apply a moisturizer with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 20 every morning, irrespective of whether you will remain indoors all day. A good and high-quality moisturizing cream should contain hydrating ingredients like glycerin and Niacinamide. They help to draw moisture from the air into your skin while helping to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Other than hydrating ingredients, a good moisturizer should be loaded with antioxidants, such as lycopene, vitamin C or green tea. Different antioxidants address different problems and thus a combination is a great way to get the best for your skin. If your skin is already wrinkled, look out for peptides to strengthen collagen formation, and treat extreme dryness with a rich moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. To protect your pout, always apply a good quality lip balm in the morning and before bedtime.
Step up your SPF protection to avoid visible red veins and pigmentation. Wear a minimum of SPF 30 daily that protects against the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Reapplication throughout the day is necessary, especially if you’re outside for extended periods. It is mainly because at this age, your skin is more fragile and dry than during your youthful years. Be particularly vigilant in skin surfaces that already have sun spots and pigmentation, by going for a complete sun block. Don’t forget to use sunscreen on skin areas that regularly get exposed to sunlight, such as your arms, neck, and chest. Apply skin lightening products if you have a dull complexion as a result of sun damage.
Take Good Care of the Eyes
Use an eye cream that works to diminish the appearance of fine lines and minimize the hollowing look around your eyes. Find a lightweight gel with SPF protection during the day, and one that contains more anti-ageing ingredients for nightly use. Dab it on with your ring finger, starting from the inner corner to the outer corner. Tapping lightly helps to give an instant circulation boost to the skin around your eyes.
The easiest thing you can do to look fresh and youthful every morning is ensuring you get restful nights. Get plenty of sleep, no matter what. It’s during sleep that your body is awake to repair the damages caused by trauma and toxins you were exposed to during the day. In addition, sleep reduces the body’s stress levels, which helps in preventing premature aging. It is mainly because increased stress hormone levels in your body can cause direct damage to your skin cells. It is after all called the ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason. It should make you beautiful.
Drink Enough Water
Always begin and end your day with cool, crisp water to stay hydrated. There are many benefits of drinking water regularly. Enough water will quench your thirst and keep your skin properly hydrated for a supple and soft look. Don’t wait to feel thirsty to acquire a glass of water. Proper hydration means that you sweat more efficiently to keep your skin glowing and looking fabulous. What about the cocktail hour? It doesn’t mean that you should give it up completely, but keep in mind that excessive consumption of alcohol dehydrates your skin, so think twice before making it a double.
Practice these skincare routines and to relive your youthful years after you turn 40. Don’t forget to take off the makeup before going to sleep. Sleeping with your makeup on especially around the eyes can lead to low levels of chronic skin inflammation and irritation. These bring inflammatory molecules to your cells causing direct damage and premature aging.
Daisy Grace works as a content coordinator for ConsumerHealthDigest.com. She is a health and beauty consultant. Daisy loves studying the latest trends in health, fitness, diet, beauty and skin care, but her experience extends further than that. She writes on all aspects of women’s health and also various product reviews. Follow her on Facebook, Google + & Twitter.