If you’re in your 40s and haven’t started getting serious about skincare, it’s still not too late to start. While you might have noticed a line or two in your late 20s with plenty more in your 30s, skin really starts to show signs of aging and skin damage in your 40s. After your big 40th birthday, your skin’s natural repair processes begin to slow and your skin starts to produce less sebum. Sun damage that you’ve inflicted on your complexion in your teens and twenties will begin to surface. 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.
After 40, skin cell turnover begins to slow, meaning that your complexion is no longer great at sloughing off dead and dry skin. Couple this with a decrease in sebum production and skin can start to look a little dull. To keep your skin fresh, you should be using a gentle peel at least once a week. Unlike harsh scrubs, peels evenly remove the top layer of dead skin without causing micro abrasions. Try my TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel, a self-neutralizing, brush-on version that will help soften the appearance of fine lines and give you a healthy glow.
Roll Away Dark Spots
Even if you spent most of your thirties slathered in sunscreen, you might still begin to notice dark spots popping up. Most of us expose our skin to serious sun damage in our teens and twenties—a practice we often don’t see the consequences of until well into our forties. If you’re noticing signs of hyperpigmentation on your skin, add a microroller to your routine with a serum. It’s a completely safe at-home device that gently (and painlessly) pricks your skin with teeny tiny needles. Microrolling not only helps your serums work better; it also helps lighten spots and smooth out fine lines.
Work It Out
Get that blood pumping! Nothing helps your skin glow like breaking a good sweat. Sweat contains lactic acid, a hydrating and exfoliating powerhouse that helps skin look brighter and healthier. Try to keep your exercise routine interesting. Try yoga one day to tone and reverse signs of skin stress, cardio the next to increase blood flow to your skin, and weight training to visibly plump and tighten any crepey skin you might be seeing on your arms and legs.
Elastin and collagen—the “building blocks” that keep your skin firm, plump and tight—begin to degenerate as we age, leading to loss of skin volume and tone. To tighten and lift, try my Ultimate Collagen Booster Stack. It combines microrolling with my EGF Activating Serum, a nutrient-dense elixir loaded with epidermal growth factors to encourage collagen production.
Don’t Forget Diet
It probably comes as no surprise that the body becomes more sensitive to diet as we age. Because 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. Add in foods with healthy fats like avocado and coconut to keep skin supple. If you’re prone to redness and irritation, limit your consumption of sugar and dairy, which can spike inflammation in the body. One of my favorite healthy eating tips is simple to remember: eat colorfully. Tomatoes, blueberries, spinach—some of nature’s most vibrant foods are also the healthiest, nourishing your skin from the inside out with essential antioxidants.