Skin care tips for women over 40

As with many things in life, the routines that work for us in our 20’s and 30’s become less effective as we get older. However fear not, our Women’s Health Lead, Dr Verity Biggs, is here with a selection of tips and advice to help you look after your skin and keep that glow.

Dr Verity Biggs
Dr Verity BiggsWomen's Health and Menopause Lead

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What you need to know about your skin.

Once we are in our 40’s, we need to be looking at different skin care routines than the products in our younger years.  The focus needs to be in promoting collagen and elastin production, both of which help to keep your skin plump.  Unfortunately, from your mid-twenties, the production of both reduces.  Also, as we approach the menopause, our skin starts to become drier too.

Our skin is at our best when our Oestrogen levels are high, but around the age of 40, our hormone levels begin to drop and then our complexion changes, causing collagen depletion, bone depletion, skin sagging, and more fine lines.

So, what can you do about it?

Morning routines:

  • Cleanse -nice and gentle formulas in cream or milky consistency are most gentle.
  • Serums – anti-oxidants and Vitamin C can help boost collagen formation, and if they contain hyaluronic acid, then this will help your skin hold more water and hydration.
  • Face cream, ideally apply before an SPF. This will seals in the serums.
  • SPF – always wear sunscreen!!!

Evening routines:

  • Cleanse again and remove the debris and dirt from the day and make up.
  • Exfoliate or an acid-based exfoliator/peel – only twice a week though as you don’t want to thin the skin further.
  • Retinol serum is a must, gradually build up the number of times a week you use it and then strength, starting with 0.3% 1-2 times a week, then increasing to 0.5% and then 1% when your skin is ready. Slow down if your skin is red or peeling.
  • Night cream
  • Massage your skin to improve lymphatic drainage and to improve puffiness around your eyes and cheeks.

Still have concerns?

If you still have concerns about your skin, it’s best to see a skin care specialist who can advise you on the solutions available to you.

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