We recently covered skin care after 30 home remedies here. Today, we will cover best skin care regimen for 40s. In the 40s, the skin starts showing first signs of aging in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Also, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness. So, the best ‘skin care after 40 at home’ regime should include a mix of a balanced diet along with the right skin care products and treatments. Let us discuss some ways to take care of skin after 40.
1. Avoid sun exposure
Excess sun exposure is a strict NO at all ages and especially in the forties when cell renewal slows down considerably. So make sure you avoid the sun at all costs. Wear a scarf or a wide brimmed hat to cover up. Seek shade wherever possible and avoid going out in the peak sunny hours between 10 am to 4 pm. Use a SPF based moisturizer to protect against UVA and UVB damage.
2. Avoid smoking and alcohol
Both nicotine and alcohol are dehydrating in nature and they lead to puffy, dry and dehydrated skin. So smokers must quit the habit before their 40s. If you plan on partying, try to alternate each glass of alcohol with one complete glass of water (8 oz) to keep alcohol levels diluted.
3. Exercise regularly
Your skin care regimen after 40s must include exercise. Exercise helps keep stress levels low and we all know how bad stress is for the skin. Daily exercise in the form of brisk walking, cycling, aerobics, dancing, etc can keep you slim and also give you a fantastic glow to your skin.
4. Get adequate rest
This is the easiest thing you can do for your skin in your 40s. Get adequate rest of 8-9 hours and avoid late nights as far as possible. When you are well rested, your body can stimulate the skin renewing process so that it gets a youthful glow you desire.
5. The role of antioxidants in diet
Antioxidants fight free radical damage that arises in the form of wrinkles, pigmentation etc. So eat plenty of fruits, nuts and seeds. Blueberries, melons, cucumbers etc are some superfoods that can give you healthier skin.
6. Topical antioxidants
Look for skin care products with anti oxidants like green tea, berry extracts, Vitamin C and Vitamin A derivatives like Retinol. These fight skin damage and keep wrinkles away for a long time. Skin serums with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acids can lighten and brighten dull skin tone. So look for products with these ingredients.
7. Use the CCTM skin care regimen for 40s
CTM stands for cleanse tone and moisturize while CCTM stands for Compress-Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize. Compression helps remove dirt and makeup so that other skin care products become more efficient.
- To compress, take a large basin of water. Use cool water if you have dry skin and warm to tepid water if you have oily or combination skin. Soak a clean washcloth in the water and wring out the excess. Press the washcloth on the face. Again soak the cloth in the tub of water. Wring. Press on the face. Repeat. Do this for 10 compresses.
- Next, cleanse with a skin-friendly cleanser. By skin friendly, we mean a product based on your skin type. Use an alcohol-free cleanser if you have sensitive skin. For oily, acne prone skin, use for cleanser with mild alcohol. For dry skin, use cleansing milk. Use round/circular motions when cleansing. Wash off with cool water. Never use hot water for washing the face.
- Follow up with a toner. Use cotton wool to tone the face and do not forget the neck. Select toners based on skin type. For example, toners with witch hazel extracts are beneficial for acne prone or blemish-ridden skin.
- Once the toner has dried, apply a moisturizer. Use SPF based moisturizers during the day and a moisturizing night cream at night. Make sure the product has skin friendly ingredients. Night creams must contain antioxidants and hydrating agents. Retinol is one such ingredient which fights wrinkles while you sleep.
8. Steam inhalation
Making steam inhalation a part of your skin care regimen after 40s is the best thing you can do for your skin. Using a vaporizer, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for 8-10 minutes once a week. Those with acne prone skin must use steaming at least twice a week. Steaming opens the pores and helps you remove blackheads easily. You can use steaming in conjugation with face masks to make the masks for effective.
9. Exfoliate with Alpha Hydroxy acids
Exfoliation removes top dead skin layer and encourages the bottom layers of the skin to come up on top and reveal youthful skin. Look for scrubs and exfoliants with green papaya and alpha hydroxy acids (malic acid, citric acid, lactic acid etc) which are beneficial for all skin types and especially for sun burnt skin.
10. Aromatherapy with essential oils
Adding aromatherapy to your skin care regime after 40s can help balance, stimulate and calm the skin. You can do a facial self-massage using essential oils like rose, lavender or chamomile. Tea tree oil is beneficial for acne and blackheads. Rose oil is ideal for reducing puffiness. You can also add these oils to the steaming water as you inhale steam once a week. Remember that most oils are highly concentrated, so do a skin test to check for allergies and also dilute the oils with carrier oils like almond oil, olive or coconut oil etc.
11. Face masks
Use a face mask based on your skin type once a week or once every 15 days. Masks containing clay are beneficial for oily skin while cream based masks are beneficial for dry, sensitive, normal or sun damaged skin. You can also make your own DIY homemade face masks.
12. Use eye creams
Under eye creams are essential for preventing dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. In the 40s, the skin beneath the eyes starts to wear out and lose its elasticity. Using an eye cream can help replenish moisture and protect the skin from wrinkles. Always pat the cream instead of rubbing it in. Avoid eye creams that contain fragrances and dyes. You must also use home remedies like cucumber slices and potato slices or tea bags to draw out the puffiness and prevent dark circles.
13. Facial misting
Facial mists are hydrating products that you must use in certain environments like airplanes, Air conditioned rooms etc. Facial mists are fine sprays which go readily on the makeup without spoiling it.
14. Take seasonal considerations into account
Change your skin care products according to the season. If you are living in a cold country, you must moisturize every few hours since the winter dryness can wreak havoc on the skin. Apply the moisturizer thoroughly and repeat every 3-4 hours. In summer, you can go for lighter creams which will not cause sweating. Protect your skin from seasonal clothing like hats, gloves, scarves etc. Avoid touching your face with these and make sure you wash them from time to time. In winters, eat good oil-based diets rich in fish, walnuts, olive oil etc. In summer, eat more water based foods like watermelons and cucumbers.
15. Drink plenty of water
Drinking water (8-10 glasses of it) is a must all year round.This will keep the skin hydrated from inside out.
16. Take supplements
Take antioxidants and enzymes for your skin as part of the best regimen for skin care in the 40s. Green tea and tea extracts help soothe redness, CoQ10 enzyme can fight wrinkles, and Vitamin C can fight blemishes from inside out. Also look for supplements with trace minerals like selenium, copper etc. These are essential for beautiful skin.
Use these 16 tips for skin care after 40 at home and keep your youthful glow for years to come.