Over 40? Don’t despair! Age is truly just a number, especially nowadays. You can be 40 and still look fabulous and ageless with the right over 40 skincare routine. All you need is to tweak your skincare routine and be very consistent with it. But in order to do this, you need to understand what’s going on with your skin during this time of your life. Today, we’ll help you design the perfect over 40 skincare routine for you.
So the first thing you need to understand is how your skin is changing. According to Dr. Heather Rogers, board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon, “By our 40s, our skin turnover rate has slowed to more than double that of our early 20s (45 days vs. 20 days on average). [..] Wrinkles appear in areas of the face with the most movement, [such as] the forehead, between the eyebrows [and] around the eyes and mouth.” Here’s our list of things to consider in your over 40 skincare routine.
#1 Pick the right facial cleanser
If you cleanse thoroughly in the evenings, you may get a pass on morning cleansing. But still using a facial cleanser regularly that’s suitable for your skin type is certainly an insurance for healthier skin. Foams and milks are great alternatives to remove dirt and makeup and prevent your pores from clogging. We suggest Kristals Diamond Foaming Milk. This rich, gentle 2-phase milk-to-foam cleanser from Kristals Cosmetics leaves the skin clean, soft and free of both impurities and makeup. Always remember: healthy skin glows, so never underestimate the power of a good cleanser. If you have a dry complexion, which may happen when you’re over 40, gravitate towards oil-based cleanser.
#2 In the morning, go for a Vitamin C Serum
In your 40s, you may start noticing some annoying dark marks on your face you hadn’t seen before. Vitamin C prevents anti radical damage from UV rays and has collagen-boosting properties. That makes it a must have in your over 40 skincare routine. Take a look at our favourite: Kristals Multi-Vitamin C Brightening Serum. It contains a innovative form of vitamin C known as ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate which goes deep into facial skin cells that evens out skin tone.
#3 A moisturizer with SPF will be your BFF
Hydrating Creams, BB or CC Creams containing SPF to protect you from sun exposure all year round are a must even from your teenage years. But even if you haven’t used one before, there’s no better time than your 40s to make this change. Opt for one with a creamy, hydrating base, which moisturizes and protects, says Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist with practices in New York City and Miami.
#4 Fight crow’s feet with the right eye cream
Interestingly enough, some people will just do a moisturizer for their entire face. But if you laughter lines or dark circles are becoming a concern in your 40s you need the right eye cream in your life. You may start noticing that the skin around the eye is getting thinner and more delicate, and it makes sense to use a separate product than for the rest of your face. The most effective ones contain retinols. Retinol helps correct sun damage and improves skin texture and discoloration by increasing cellular turnover.
We recommend Kristals Sapphire Retinol Firming and Lifting Eye Cream as the perfect new addition for your over 40 skincare routine. Added to its unique sapphire and retinol formula, this also contains African shea butter and retinyl palmitate ( a.k.a. encapsulated vitamin A) which penetrates outer layers to erase fine lines. When you get serious about retinol, you should also get serious about sun protection. Since the top layer of dead skin cells is removed, you’ll notice it will start getting less thick. This layer that is being removed can actually provide an SPF of 2 to 4. So make sure you are using daily sunscreen. As long as you do, it’s okay to use retinoids year-round.
Bonus tip: keep your eye cream in the fridge to help shrink blood vessels and depuff under eye bags in the mornings!
#5 Over 40 skincare routine also includes diet changes
Trust us, you 100% are what you eat. And it will become more obvious than ever before in your 40s. You will start noticing a huge impact of your diet i the way your skin looks. Junk food will drive your skin off a cliff. So unless you want a dull complexion and breakouts, stay away from sugars and processed foods. The good news is that as soon as you switch your diet up you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin.
#6 Add a weekly facial mask to your over 40 skincare routine
If you didn’t start in your 30s already, your 40s is definitely the time to get some me time. You need a pamper evening to preserve your youthful glow. A weekly facial mask will magnify your skincare efforts. Diamonds will be your best friends during this decade in which we start fighting gravity. Try Kristals Diamond Anti Gravity Sparkle Mask. In this exclusive mask, diamond powder works in combination with Collagen to make collagen contract and firm. The result? Reduced skin sagging and wrinkles.
#7 Your hands, neck, and chest are a huge part of the right over 40 skincare routine
One of the most frequent mistakes when it comes to over 40 skincare is to neglect the hands, neck and chest. As you age, the skin on the neck and the décolletage gets crepey, in a different way than seen on the face in terms of fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, use a product specifically targeted to it and incorporate into your daily regimen. Sun spots and dry skin on these areas are one of the most obvious tell tale signs of aging. You need to get serious about your hydration in your 40s and that includes these. We’ve got your back: Kristals Cosmetics PEARL Neck & Chest Extra Firming Mask infused with pure pearl powder and kaolin clay, purifies different skin types while being particularly effective at balancing dry skin.
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