While taking care of our skin should be a priority throughout our lives, if you’re a late seventies or early eighties baby, you can testify that it wasn’t always taught to us how to do so. These days, women in their twenties are getting Baby Botox to stave off fine lines and wrinkles; tweens understand the importance of using serums and having a perfectly curated morning and nighttime routine. Sure, most of us in our forties are thankful that coffee can improve our skin – between busy professional and family lives, we drink a ton! But, there is more to skincare than coffee. And, as we near middle age, it’s more important than ever to take care of our skin so we can look and feel our very best. Here’s how to do it.
Hydration Is Key
If you’re not yet dealing with dry skin in your forties, that’s not uncommon. Plenty of women in this age range are still prone to oily skin, breakouts, even adult acne. Nevertheless, hydration is still critical when caring for your forty-year-old skin. You want to incorporate things like a hydrating face mask into your weekly self-care routine. Make sure you’re using a thick hydrating cream at the end of your nighttime skincare routine too. In addition to the hydration you put on your face, make sure you drink the recommended amount of water each day. There are also herbal teas that are proven to benefit the health of your skin, like chamomile, matcha, and oolong.
You know they call it beauty rest for a good reason, right? Sleep is the time when both our brains and physical bodies recharge and restore. With our skin being our body’s largest organ, it makes sense that it benefits tremendously from getting the appropriate amount of sleep. Make sure you’re aiming for at least eight hours of sleep a night. If you struggle with falling asleep, try sleep aids like melatonin or magnesium – if they don’t help you, it’s worth meeting with your GP to get some further advice on how to sleep better. Not only will better sleep improve your skin’s health, but it will help protect you from other age-related issues.
Having a Dermatologist
Having a dermatologist you feel comfortable with, and trust can make all the difference in your forties. When you’re twenty years old, you may not have moles or rashes that concern you, but when you’re forty, you might! Additionally, if you don’t know your skin type, how will you care for it properly? Booking a consultation with a derm will help you understand what kind of skin you have and how to correct any issues you’re dealing with.
Ideally, you’ve got some essential financial stability if you’re in this age bracket. Use your money to make a positive investment in your skin’s health. By having regular facials and other treatments like micro-needling – you can deal with any pore issues, hyperpigmentation, and more. Everyone should ideally do facials every few months, but you may require them once a month to get your skin headed in the right direction when you first start. Before your facial, book a consultation with an esthetician at the spa you’re choosing so they can give you an idea of which treatments are worth your investment – you may need a hydrafacial, not a traditional one.
As we age, not that forty is even close to old, but our habits have to change as we age. We can no longer feel “fine” eating pizza every day and leading a sedentary lifestyle. You may not realize your healthy habits’ impact on your skin health, but they’re immense! Making sure you’re eating whole, nutritious foods is not only good for your skin health but your overall bodily health. Healthy habits of exercise impact your skin too. So, finding a form of exercise that you enjoy and will participate in several times a week, if not every day, is paramount.
Skin health is an excellent indicator of our overall health, and I don’t know about you – but I feel better at forty than I ever have! Let that show through by putting in the effort to get your skin in optimal shape and keep it that way through persistent efforts. Here’s to your health, now get glowing!
Images from Modern Heroine: Liisa Winkler Stuns for Design SCENE Magazine #17 Issue – See the full story here