Ugh, the dreaded 40. Or is it? We’re eating vegetables, sorting our emails, watching our stocks, and not freaking out about the little things anymore.
So, there is no need to freak out over our skincare, but it is time to start using products specific to our age, the sun damage we have accrued and the gorgeous laugh lines we are starting to form.
Aging happens, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll rack up quite a few years chock full of adventures and memories. But our skin requires a different regiment now that we’ve hit our fourth decade. Now, it’s not about the latest and greatest buzzworthy product. Now, we have to start paying more attention to skin product ingredients.
What To Expect
“For those with pigmentation issues, ingredients like vitamin C, kojic acid, and other botanicals can lighten dark spots,” says Beverly Hills dermatologist, Jennifer Herrman. Your estrogen will begin to decrease when you hit the big four zero, which can mean dullness and more sagginess as time sets in.
Retinoids that induce collagen production are now essential for targeting those fine lines and early wrinkles. Alpha-hydroxy acids are vital for shedding dead skin cells and boosting skin cell renewal. And sunscreen? It’s a must nowadays.
What To Do
Naturally, all of our skin types are different, which require different product needs, but we have accumulated a list of some of our most favored if you have passed the hill.
Top 5 Skincare Products:
While you probably have not experienced a blemish or breakout in quite some time (see, aging isn’t so bad!), this gentle cleanser still hits a home run when it comes to an inexpensive choice for brightening skin.
The face wash will gently exfoliate the skin while clearing pores. Don’t let the salicylic acid scare you! It is the active ingredient, but it goes to work for your good. You can swipe this up at Target for $7.99.
Are you sitting down? Brace yourself. This baby costs $145, BUT it’s worth every copper penny. Barley-derived growth factors, which is actually Nobel-prize winning technology and was developed by a world-famous dermatologist.
Tighten and perfect your pores with this luxury serum as it makes your complexion act and appear younger. The texture of your skin will improve dramatically in less than eight weeks. It may seem like a long time, but you have to let the serum go to work for long-lasting effects. Suited for all skin types, this plant-based peptide bio-engineered potion will have you singing “hallelujah” once you start to see the visible effects.
For optimal results, apply to face and neck in an upward circular motion each night prior to bed.
Glow baby, glow! This skin brightener is packed with vitamin C, providing environmental protection as it lightens lines, firms skin, and brightens your skin a whole bunch.
With more than 3,000 stellar reviews, be ready to shell out $166 for flawless skin. The synergistic antioxidant serum improves the signs of aging and photodamage, targets dehydration and hyper-pigmentation, and tackles dark spots.
Yes, it’s a lot to shell out, but at this stage in the game, we know that you get what you pay for. This can be used on any skin type, so while it packs a punch, it won’t harm your skin one bit.
Why it’s called The Ordinary? We don’t know because this toner is anything but. With seven percent glycolic acid, this solution will exfoliate as it boosts radiance and clarity. However, don’t use it on peeling, sensitive or problematic skin.
At only $15.99 you’ll get 240 grams of age-perfecting magic. With almost 6,000 reviews on Amazon, people are LOVING this formula. Your pores will be drastically reduced and the compliments will start pouring in. Be judicious with use though because this toner can be drying for some skin types. Any acidic formula should always be used cautiously.
The best takeaway, aside from the vibrant glow, is that your skin will feel as clean as it looks.
This is a next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness. Wrinkles, redness, and pores begone! It’s recommended for use at night, hence the name, when your skin can truly absorb it and let it go to work.
No more dryness, no more rough texture. It’s non-irritating and face acting so you will see rapid results. It’s also clinically proven to work with its blend of botanicals. It is $105, but boy does the oil make your skin look dreamy. Wake up with hydrated, happy skin.
If you are cresting 40, don’t even worry! There are so many products out there specifically for aging skin and there is something for everyone.
Once you find something you love, let us know! We love hearing your success stories.