4 Important Skincare Habits To Establish In Your 40s
Written by Kerry Benjamin
1. Exfoliate More Often
After 40, skin cell turnover can slow dramatically, which means that your skin is no longer great at sloughing off dead cells on its own. To keep your skin fresh, use multiple exfoliating products every week. This will help boost cell turnover so your skin looks smoother, brighter, and more hydrated. When in doubt, reach for a peel like our TCA Lactic & Glycolic Face Peel a few times per week. Unlike harsh scrubs, at-home peels evenly remove the top layer of dead skin without causing micro-abrasions. Once weekly, pair it with our Dermaplaning Tool for a more intensive exfoliation experience. Dermaplaning physically strips away the topmost layer of dead skin cells and peach fuzz so your skin feels and looks dramatically smoother.
2. Get Serious About Serums
While three-step cleanse/tone/moisturize regimens might have worked for you in your 20s, it’s time to level up your routine with powerful serums. Look for collagen-boosters like epidermal growth factors, peptides, and retinol--all of which can help soften the look of fine lines and give your skin a plumper, firmer look. Pair these ingredients with a hyaluronic acid serum like our HA Hydrating Serum. This potent moisturizing ingredient will help counteract the drying effects of aging and plump your skin with moisture.
3. Remember Your Body
As we age, skin damage that we acquired earlier in life starts to surface in the form of dark spots, crepey texture, and uneven skin tone. If you got a lot of sun in your teens and 20s, you’ll probably see this start to pop up everywhere from your neck to your legs. To help brighten and hydrate from head to toe, reach for a body peel like our TCA Lactic & Glycolic Body Peel. The gentle acids will help visibly lift dark spots and remove dry, flaky skin. Over time, the peel can also help improve crepey skin texture.
4. Focus on Nutrition:
It probably comes as no surprise that the body becomes more sensitive to diet as we age. Because the skin is naturally prone to dehydration in your 40s, you should load up on water-dense foods like melon, apples, bell peppers, and cucumbers and drink lots of water. And remember to eat colorfully! Some of nature’s most vibrant foods are also the richest in antioxidants that can help protect your skin from further signs of premature aging.