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4 Important Skincare Habits To Establish In Your 40s

Written by Kerry Benjamin

4 Important Skincare Habits To Establish In Your 40s
If you’re in your 40s and haven’t started getting serious about skincare, it’s not too late to start. While you might have noticed a line or two in your late 20s and more in your 30s, skin really starts to show signs of damage in your 40s. Your skin’s natural repair processes begin to slow and sun damage starts to surface. But it’s not all bad news: while you may have to show your skin some extra love, there are plenty of effective ways to reverse signs of aging and keep your skin glowing.


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.

About the Author


Kerry Benjamin, a licensed aesthetician, has over 12 years of experience. Kerry is the driving force behind StackedSkincare. As the company's CEO, Kerry has dedicated her career to revolutionizing skincare. Her innovative approach combines peels, serums, and specialized tools toeffectively address a wide range of skin concerns. CA LE license number Z98459.