Beauty tips come and go, but over the last 22+ years in this industry I have learned a great deal about ingredients — and healthy habits — that all play a role in skin aging.
Many of Hollywood’s most gorgeous leading ladies are over the age of 40. These big screen starlets take good care of their skin and it shows. There’s no reason you can’t have a radiant complexion at any age. Follow my ten expert tips for skin care after 40 and you, too, can have glowing skin worthy of a walk down the red carpet.
Seek out products containing retinol.
Forget all of the overhyped skin care products and remember this one word: retinol. Retinol is an active form of Vitamin A and it is proven to be an effective anti-aging ingredient. It has a long history of research behind it and it is something that nearly everyone can use. Not only is retinol proven to reduce the signs of aging such as deep lines and wrinkles, but it is also a highly recommended acne treatment. Be sure to use this ingredient only at night, as it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
The other day, I wrote a comprehensive review of a retinol product from Robin McGraw Revelation, and that is my choice again here for a retinol recommendation: Welcome Back YOUth Retinol Serum
I could share all the beauty tips in the world, but they won’t work if you are harming your skin by smoking. If you have not broken the nicotine habit yet, make smoking cessation a top priority. Not only will you become healthier, but your skin will look better. Women who smoke develop lines around the mouth and eyes and are more prone to skin congestion which results in blackheads. Skin is generally more sallow and these signs of aging due to smoking really tend to become more obvious after 40.
Say goodbye to the turkey neck.
Don’t forget the neck area. While most of you are conscientious about applying skin care products to your face, the neck is often ignored. Even if the skin on your face is radiant and smooth, a wrinkled neck ages you, so add neck care to your to-do list. The skin on your neck is actually quite delicate, so be sure to use a rich firming cream to this area each night. Look for ingredients such as ceramides to provide wrinkle-fighting benefits to the neck.
My go-to is Clarins Extra Firming Neck Cream. I adore Clarins, ever since I accepted my first full-time job with them as a Counter Manager out of college. Clarins will always have a special place in my heart. Their neck cream is top-notch and includes F
Peel pads are your new best friend.
One of the best ways to revitalize and brighten the skin is through exfoliation. There are many at-home peel pads with glycolic acid that you simply swipe over your face every few days. When you do this, the acid will help encourage cell turnover to shed dead cells and reveal a youthful glow. Check the labels and look for words like glycolic, salicylic or mandelic acid when choosing a peel system.
While drinking water and applying moisturizer alone will not prevent wrinkles, well hydrated skin looks plumper and more youthful. Products with ingredients such as olive squalane, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid will deliver moisture to the skin without leaving it greasy. These are key beauty tips for keeping skin supple.
Try:the budget-friendly, yet effective CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer. CeraVe is the best drugstore brand out there and the ingredients are really effective. There are multiple ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and a nourishing fatty alcohol called Phytospingosine.
Brighten and lighten.
Brown spots and uneven skin tone are not uncommon after 40, so stop them dead in their tracks with natural brightening ingredients. Even with my treasure chest of beauty tips, I still have uneven skin tone, so I am taking my own advice and kicking it up a notch. Skin care products containing natural fruit extracts are protective and are ideal for targeting dark spots and adding radiance to the skin. Simply brightening your complexion can erase years from your face.
I love:Osmosis Organic Facial Oil. This medical-grade skincare line features so many fabulous products, and this is among my personal favorites. It is hydrating and brightening, with ingredients such as Avocado Oil. Blackberry Seed, Sea Buckthorn, balancing Jojoba Oil, antioxidant Raspberry, Grapefruit, and ylang ylang. This is a truly exquisite oil. Not only is it ideal for brightening the face, but I happen to love it as a treatment in my hair and around my cuticles. ($54)
Change up your makeup.
Changing formulas of your foundation and blush are two easy ways to have healthier, more youthful looking skin. Switching to a foundation with “brightening” or “firming” in the name can make your skin look younger. Avoid matte finishes, which can make the skin look dull and dry. Light-diffusing foundations will help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation spots and add a more evenly toned look to the skin.
A good one to try: The Ordinary Serum Foundation from Deciem. This is so affordable (just $6.70) and has some really lovely ingredients. It is paraben free, oil free, cruelty free, vegan, nut free, alcohol free, and soy free.
When it comes to blush, replace your usual chalky powder with a creamy blush. It will glide over the skin, giving just a pinch of color without settling into lines the way traditional powders do. The Anywhere Creme Multistick from Au Naturale. This multitasker contains healthy ingredients such as Meadowfoam Seed, Castor Seed, Jojoba, Lavender, and more. It is really beautiful and the colors are nicely pigmented. ($35)
Consider cutting out alcohol.
I know, I know. What about wine o’clock or nights out at the local brewery? I hear you, but science has proven that alcohol is not good for your skin. Why? Alcohol caused dehydration. This has a major negative impact of skin cells. Secondly, alcohol causes an inflammatory response & reddens the skin. I know that you can here for skincare and beauty tips and maybe not to hear about the benefits of avoiding alcohol, but I speak from experience as someone who used to enjoy alcohol a few nights a week. I eliminated alcohol on January 27th of this year. My skin, which was already in good shape, is in such an improved state. I will be doing a lengthier piece on this soon, complete with pictures documenting the skin changes.
Make collagen building peptides a priority.
Peptides are molecules that are linked together. Why should this matter? These links of molecules contain at least two amino acids and research indicates that they may help to rebuild collagen. This is essential for reducing the visible signs of aging, as peptides can make your skin look more youthful and plump. Find peptides in anti-aging serums and moisturizers. I also recommend adding collagen peptides to your supplement arsenal. I take Neocell Collagen Peptides daily by adding a scoop to my morning smoothie. Drinking a collagen-infused smoothie is actually one of my easiest beauty tips to share!
And for the love of all things holy, WEAR SUNSCREEN.
Seriously, friends. This is a MUST. No ifs, ands, or buts. UV damage is the #1 cause of skin aging. Put on suscreen. Wear it every single day. Of all of the skincare, health and beauty tips out there, this is one I implore you to follow.
Age is nothing more than a number. You can have beautiful skin at any age. Making some simple skin care changes can make a real difference when it comes to improving the appearance of your skin after 40.
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