A younger looking skin is the dream of every woman. Most women however begin losing their petal-soft skin by the time they celebrate their fourth decade probably due to aging or sun damage. Age-related concerns for women in their forties include fine lines, wrinkles, acne, volume loss and pre-menopausal dryness. Inflammation and free-radical damage are however the main culprits that make the skin appear dull and aged for people of all ages. Whatever the cause of aging skin, there are many things you can do to have a great skin at 40 and beyond for a younger appearance.
Adopt a 3-step face care to your daily habits
Just as you spend time on your work and other social issues, pay attention to your skin by practicing this daily regime:
- Cleanse – Face cleansing with a gentle cleanser like milky or creamy formulations every morning and night is fine to give you smoothness.
- Moisturize – Damaged skin can be repaired and maintained with skincare products enriched with antioxidants like Vitamin E or C. Moisturizers with collagen stimulating properties like hyaluronic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids help in plumbing fine lines around the mouth and around the eye area which has a very sensitive skin. Moisturizers laden with SPF 30 protect against harmful UVA and UVB.
- Bedtime treatment – As a golden rule, never go to bed with makeup. In addition to that, consider using prescription retinoid cream or lotion. Retinoid boosts collagen production and reduces sagginess. You will find this useful if you are struggling with volume loss. Retinoids are also proven to reduce age-related acne breakouts.
Finding a skin care product for your skin type that also addresses a range of skin concerns can be quite overwhelming. Even if a product contains the useful acids for the skin, It is important to consider other ingredients included in it. Avoid fragrance ingredients and drying alcohol which might also irritate your skin.
A healthy body reflects on the appearance of your skin. Exercise is one way of staying healthy as it improves circulation, reduces unwanted body fat and helps eliminate toxins from the body. Working-out boosts your metabolism and improves circulation for a glowing skin. On the other hand, accumulation of toxins in the body increases free-radicals which highly contribute to a dull and dry skin. Formulating a 10-minute daily workout plan each morning can really be helpful for a radiant skin. Have multiple sets of different exercises and do each for a minimum of 60 seconds. Some of these include jogging, running, pushups, squats and jumping jacks among others. Including resistance equipment in your exercise regime can help tone muscles and eventually firm saggy skin to some extent.
Eat and drink well
Ever heard about the saying that goes “you are what you eat?” Most of us take this saying for granted but when it comes to beautiful skin, there is more sense in it. Unhealthy diet full of refined sugars and fat ages the skin faster. On the other hand, a diet enriched with fruits and vegetables is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which play a key role in generating new and healthy skin cells. Cutting down on your calorie intake will keep your weight in check. Protein foods with low-fat content help build muscles. Skin on healthy muscles looks tight and smooth. Excessive alcohol intake dries out the skin but reduction on your drink will improve your skin quality. Drinking 2 liters of water each day flushes out toxins from the body which harbors skin-damaging free-radicals. Quit smoking if you want a flawless skin and general good health.
Observing these daily habits can help you maintain a younger looking skin for decades to come.