Age does not forgive, and neither does the passage of time. As we get older, we tend to feel more tired, we tire more easily, and even activities that just a few years ago did not involve any kind of effort, now it is an odyssey. And the skin, as with almost everything in our body, does not forgive it either.
The dream of any person is to age in the same way that a good wine does. And it is that, how could we have the skin in the same way that, for example, we had it a few years ago? If you have now turned 40, it is likely that you have already felt how the passage of time is taking its toll on your face.
For example, it is common that dark circles under the eyes have already appeared, dark and dull, bags under the eyes that give the feeling of being more tired (despite the fact that we sleep all night the hours that we really should), the skin tends to become more flaccid, and in addition, uncomfortable expression lines appear.
What can we do to enjoy youthful skin once we have passed the 40s? It may surprise you, but it is simpler and easier than you think. You just have to comply with some of the rules, guidelines and advice that we propose in the following sections.
Use a moisturizer first
As we age, hormone levels tend to decline, and skin becomes looser and drier. If you use makeup quite regularly, it is not advisable to use a cream base first. The reason? The creamier and thicker formulas are usually designed to provide much more complete coverage, so they will have a higher amount of pigment. And, indeed, the pigment basically consists of that: powder.
If you love using a creamy formula based coverage, a more nutrient rich facial moisturizer or hydrating primer is best. Therefore, it is better to use a moisturizer first, and then apply any foundation.
On the other hand, especially after menopause, most women need a moisturizer, which they should use daily, which will offer a much smoother and more radiant appearance. Especially noteworthy are creams containing glycerin and hyaluronic acid, since they attract water to the skin, moisturizing it and providing moisture, as well as Vaseline and lanolin, which have the opposite effect: that is, they prevent water -and moisture – runs away.
Remove makeup before bed
There is nothing worse when it comes to maintaining good skin health than going to bed without first removing your makeup. And not just removing the makeup, but removing it all, completely. Which means that you must have some patience and perseverance when it comes to achieving it effectively. Otherwise the pores will get clogged, and when you wake up, your face could look puffy and dirty.
In addition, clogged pores can become a serious problem for the health of the skin, since they can increase the risk of acne and other related problems.
Therefore, cleaning make-up and/or contamination from day to day is essential to reduce irritation and inflammation; which, by the way, can end up accelerating the aging of the skin, or continue to irritate it even more.
Opt for a collagen-based face cream
Many dermatologists and beauty experts consider collagen creams to be authentic “fountains of youth”, since they are clinically proven natural anti-aging creams, and especially used in order to erase wrinkles associated with age.
On the other hand, we should say that they are quite inexpensive cosmetic products, but after using them daily for a period of at least 15 days, you will see how you will enjoy a much tighter and more toned skin.
Get away from stress
There is nothing worse for skin health than stress. And not only stress, but anxiety and also nervous tension, especially if they are maintained regularly over time.
When we are stressed, our heart tends to beat faster, and abnormally, which causes unhealthy changes in the body. Thus, less oxygen reaches the brain, so that we do not usually think as quickly, and the cells of the body die much faster.
On the other hand, when stress becomes chronic, and is sustained for a more or less long period of time, it can cause an increase in cortisol levels, a hormone that breaks down collagen, which allows the skin to be able to regenerate itself, making it not only healthier, but also flexible.
Therefore, if you want to enjoy a good appearance and good skin health, the best thing to do is to get as far away from stress as possible. And how to get it? It is much easier than you think. For example, you can choose to practice some physical exercise, which will bring you even more benefits for your health and also for your skin. Or practice some other breathing exercise, trying to dedicate at least 10 minutes each day to carry it out.
If you want to do a breathing exercise, you just have to choose a comfortable and quiet place, and try to breathe through your nose for 4 seconds, holding your breath for another 4 seconds, and then release the air for another 5 seconds.
Reduce the amount of sodium you consume each day
Although sodium is essential for our body, the reality is that we tend to eat more than we really need. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), we should only consume no more than 5 grams of salt each day (which is approximately 2 grams of sodium). That is, the equivalent of a teaspoon of dessert.
However, as you can imagine, the problem is not only found in the salt that we manually add to the food we eat, but in the added salt that many of the food products that we eat every day contain.
And it is that although the French fries are delicious, or the tomato sauce with the pasta too, the consequences of all that extra sodium can be tremendously negative. When it comes to the skin, too much sodium can affect how the skin absorbs moisture, increasing the risk of bags under the eyes, by increasing fluid retention.
The best? Do not exceed 2 grams of sodium per day, equivalent to 1 teaspoon.
Avoid the sun (and protect your skin)
Although ultraviolet rays are useful for providing vitamin D to our skin, the truth is that repeated exposure to the sun leads to the appearance of brown spots, fine and deeper wrinkles, as well as looser skin. But you can also have a higher risk, since it increases the risk of skin cancer, especially if proper sun protection is not used.
The sun, in short, usually advances the biological clock related to natural aging.
On the other hand, from the age of 40 both collagen and elastic tissue have experienced enough damage to begin to show a change, often quite drastic. Therefore, protecting the skin throughout the year, even in autumn or winter (and even when the sky is cloudy), is essential to prevent the sun from further accelerating the aging process.
In fact, it is highly recommended to apply a sunscreen daily, and not only when you go to sunbathe on the beach or in the pool. Nor should you forget a fundamental part of the face: the skin of the eyelid located under the eyes, which is the thinnest on the body.
And this is where sun damage tends to appear more quickly, in the form of dilation and increased blood flow, which, as a result, will cause an uncomfortable and annoying dark color that will increase the sensation of premature aging, tiredness and fatigue.
When choosing a good protector when you go to buy it at the pharmacy or your favorite beauty store, remember to always choose one that has an SPF (protection factor) of at least 30. Do not forget that this value refers to the amount of sun protection it provides to the skin, but it is true that it is certainly difficult to understand. It’s basically a measure of how much extra protection you’ll have from using sunscreen, compared to what’s naturally on your skin.
In the case of a sunscreen with an SPF of 30, it means that it provides 30 times more protection than what is naturally on the skin, and it will take 30 times more sun exposure for a sunburn to develop.
The best? Use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. This is extremely important, since while it is true that it was once believed that UVB rays were the main responsible for increasing the risk of skin cancer, and that UVA rays only caused signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots and certain damage temporary, it is now known that both types of ultraviolet rays can actively contribute to the risk of skin cancer. Hence it is essential.
And contrary to what you might think, SPF in makeup doesn’t count as sunscreen. The reason is that, in most cases, it tends to be quite rare for makeup to contain an FPS of 30 or higher. Or, if it contains it, it is likely that you do not apply it in the recommended amount (with a thick layer), or especially affect some of the most delicate and sensitive areas of the face.
In the case of protectors, there are some products that have been specially formulated for specific skin problems. So, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, for example, you should try using a sunscreen labeled 100% oil-free or non-comedogenic.
In the event that your skin is sensitive, or dry, it is appropriate to opt for moisturizing formulas, but that do not contain fragrances or other highly irritating ingredients. In the latter case, especially if you are concerned about its application to the skin, a useful and recommended option is to test the product with a small patch on the inner part of the arm, and wait before applying it to the entire face. If no type of reaction arises, you can use it completely safely.
What if I already have some visible sun damage? The ideal is to opt for a sunscreen that contains certain ingredients, such as antioxidants. Not only would it protect the skin from further damage, but it will minimize the negative action of free radicals, which are usually closely related to premature aging.
And do not forget something essential: it is very important to also apply sunscreen to the upper part of the dark circles, on the neck and obviously on the face. Even if you won’t be spending significant time in the sun, sunscreen is simply a must. And not only to protect the skin from premature aging, but also to avoid more serious problems, such as skin cancer.
Other helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Apply it daily. Indeed, you need sunscreen every day, whenever you leave the house. Even when it’s cold and/or the sky is cloudy, you are still exposed to UV rays. Also, remember that skin cancer is not the result of one or two sunburns. It is usually caused by cumulative sun exposure, which occurs every day, little by little.
- Reapply it again. If you spend the day away from home, just applying sunscreen once in the morning, for example when you go out, is not enough. Even if you are going to stay in the sun for a few hours. Especially after getting wet or sweating, it is essential to reapply it again. Or, well, every two hours when you are outdoors. Even if you apply sunscreen in the morning, under your makeup, and find yourself playing or working outside the office, it will need to be reapplied again at some point.
- Sunscreen is just one more part of sun protection. Obviously, sunscreen becomes the first line of defense against sun exposure, but it is not the only one. It is also essential to use other strategies, such as staying in the shade whenever possible, avoiding being in the sun during the hours of greatest danger (between 12 and 4 p.m.), wearing clothing with a sun protection factor whenever possible, and put on approved glasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
Exfoliate skin gently (and often)
Exfoliating the skin offers excellent benefits. As we age, the skin tends to become much drier, while dead cells adhere to the surface of the skin more easily, giving it a rougher texture.
When we use a facial scrub, and we even do it with some regularity, we manage to eliminate these dead cells, as well as the rest of the contamination and dirt, improving the natural functioning of the skin, since the cells that retain water come out surface, and active ingredients in skincare (such as antioxidants and retinoids) tend to penetrate much better.
In other words, regular exfoliation helps most of the products commonly used in skin care to penetrate better into it, being adequate to allow them to be absorbed more easily.
On the other hand, it is convenient to do it from time to time to enjoy all its benefits and qualities. For example, at least once or twice a week. Of course, it is not recommended to do it very often, since it could affect the health of the skin.
As we have told you at some other time, different studies have shown that retinoids help soften the appearance of the finest expression lines, as well as brown spots, thanks to the fact that it is capable of increasing the production of collagen, and normalize the activity of the various skin cells.
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A, which are usually used to make anti-wrinkle creams.
However, depending on the amount used, it can end up causing skin peeling and redness. Fortunately, these are usually short-lived side effects, as the skin usually develops some tolerance within 6 to 12 weeks after treatment. For this reason, researchers are still looking for ways to make retinoids more tolerable.
Opt for natural antioxidants
There is nothing better to neutralize free radicals than antioxidants. Free radicals are particles that, in the skin, cause wrinkles and sun damage, and when they accumulate in the skin, they can end up causing skin cancer.
But the qualities of antioxidants do not end here. Did you know that they can also help protect us against the damage caused by different environmental aggressions, such as pollution or smoking (which, by the way, accelerates aging enormously)?
Get plenty of rest. Sleep well
Lack of sleep, coupled with tiredness, often weakens the natural glow of our skin, causing instant aging (we only have to think of puffy and red eyes, together with dark circles and bags under the eyes, to realize this).
And, although in a slightly more “stealthy” way, the reality is that it also affects our skin. It seems that fatigue causes the stress hormone cortisol to spike. And if cortisol is extremely high, it can cause aging by breaking down collagen in the skin.
According to some experts, a single interruption of sleep at night can cause the immune system to turn against healthy tissues and organs, even triggering an inflammatory response in the body.
Opt for a much lighter makeup
When it comes to looking younger, it is not only appropriate to take care of and protect your skin regularly. It also depends on the cosmetic and aesthetic products that you use every day, among which, above all, is makeup.
Most experts recommend using lighter makeup, rather than heavy foundation and powder, which can end up sinking into wrinkles and fine lines, making them more noticeable.
Opting for a softer eye shadow, a slightly lighter lip color, and ultimately a slightly lighter foundation will help hide imperfections. Finally, don’t forget to hydrate well before applying the base color, as we suggested at the beginning of this note.
Fill in your brows
Although it is true that this is advice not directly related to skin health, it can be extremely useful when it comes to looking younger after 40 years of age.
And what does it consist of? Basically you should keep your eyebrows thick and full again, since over time, and especially as we get older, they can thin out.
A helpful option is to use an eyebrow pencil, or perhaps consider something more permanent. Some serums have proven to be especially useful when it comes to enhancing eyebrows, helping to enjoy much younger and more defined eyebrows in a few days.
There is also a technique in which the specialist tattoos natural-looking eyebrows, filling in the gaps to finally give it a shape that best suits the face.
As we can see, the advice to follow when it comes to enjoying much younger skin after reaching 40 years of age is extremely simple and easy. So much so that it is perfectly possible to continue following them decades later, as they are perfectly useful and effective.
And, above all, don’t forget the basics: get away from stress, live more relaxed, take care of your diet, practice physical exercise regularly and, especially, try to live more happily. How you feel inside will end up passing through your skin, and will shape the image you offer externally.
Other useful tips that will help you a lot to look younger every day
In addition to the rules that we have proposed throughout the previous sections, there are also other tips and tricks that are simple and extremely easy to follow, which will be very helpful when it comes to completing -and even improving- your daily care routine. of the skin. Do you want to discover them? Take note:
- Use a concealer for dark circles. It is always a good idea to start using a concealer for dark circles from the age of 30, when stress, tiredness or lack of sleep can take its toll on your face, and those uncomfortable dark circles begin to form under the eyes. In fact, sometimes its appearance has nothing to do with tiredness or having a bad night’s sleep: it can also be due to a health problem or condition, particularly when bags under the eyes also appear. Therefore, in the case of using a concealer, always apply it to the inner half of your eyes, which will help you cover any darkness, without necessarily drawing attention to wrinkles.
- Gently remove eye makeup. Perhaps you are tired and in a hurry to get into bed and rest. But, as many experts say, it is vitally important to take your time when not only following your daily skin care routine, but particularly when you are going to remove makeup from your face (and especially from the eye area). eyes). We must not forget that this area is characterized by having even more delicate skin, so that constant pulling can increase sagging, and make the surrounding skin look even darker. You can try using a cleansing oil, although remember that oil-based products can be detrimental to eye health.
- Always keep your lips properly hydrated. Chapped lips are an extremely common problem, especially during the fall and winter months, due to the weather outside. You may think that it will be enough to moisten your lips with a little saliva, something very common that we all tend to do at one time or another. However, did you know that this can make your skin even more dry and cracked? The most appropriate thing is to moisten and protect them frequently, applying a lip balm that contains petroleum jelly, shea butter, vitamin E or, in short, a combination of these wonderful ingredients. It is also advisable to use a balm that contains sunscreen, to protect the delicate skin of the lips from ultraviolet rays. Have you ever considered the possibility that, like the rest of the body?
- Take care of the most delicate eyes. The eyes, as you probably know, become a central element of our face. Also, depending on how they look and feel, they can make you look older or younger, depending on different factors. For example, dark circles or bags under the eyes can make you look older than you really are. It is advisable to get enough rest and sleep, and to treat allergies, since these can also cause dark circles to form under the eyes. An excellent option is to use fresh pine slices, or moist tea bags under the eyes. It will help combat swelling, and will also provide a very interesting calming (and relaxing) effect. On the other hand, in case you have tried to reduce or eliminate dark circles, and it has not been entirely possible,
- Always remove dead skin cells. If you follow a regular skincare routine, chances are you won’t need to heed this advice as much. But the reality is that, as we get older, it becomes a little more difficult to get skin cells to renew themselves as quickly as they used to. The result is that the outermost skin (the visible one, the one we can see) becomes uneven, rough and blotchy. Regular exfoliation, at least once or twice a week, can become a part of your anti-aging skincare routine. It is recommended to use a soft cloth and a cleanser with exfoliating qualities, useful for gently removing dead skin cells from both the face and body. This will help reduce the appearance of dull, flaky skin. Yes, indeed,
- Don’t forget about your hair. Although taking care of your skin is essential when it comes to looking always younger, how you take care of your hair will also help a lot. Don’t forget that hair thins as we age. To keep it from looking too thin, you can add some volume by using a large brush to lift the hair at the roots. Or opt for the cool/cool setting on your hair dryer, rather than just using heat. Remember that rollers can also add body and volume. On the other hand, using a deep conditioner, and doing so on a regular basis, will help keep your hair as shiny and healthy as possible. And remember also not to abuse dyes: today many women, even the youngest, embrace those first gray hairs that begin to appear, and choose to go completely natural while letting their hair go gray. What is advisable? If gray hair doesn’t tend to complement your skin tone well, you can consider adding a bit of color; It will give you a cheerier look, and prevent it from looking washed out.
When to visit the dermatologist?
If you are worried about your skin care, you are trying to find useful gentle products for your day-to-day life (and it seems that you cannot find one that really works, is useful or suitable), it is the right time to go to the consultation of the dermatologist.
Alternatively, if you’re also trying to address a specific skin problem, such as an acne breakout, hyperpigmentation or any other skin condition, and you’re not seeing any improvement, this specialist might be able to help you. solve the problem. And, if necessary, he may prescribe a stronger medication or topical product, which may be more effective.
On the other hand, if you also discover that your skin reacts badly to some other product, and in the end you are not entirely sure why this is happening, a dermatologist will help you solve the doubts. For example, it might help you figure out what’s causing that annoying and uncomfortable irritation, and give you a set of guidelines on how to avoid it in the future.