Skincare In Your 40’s

NewBeauty magazine shares another great article on skincare, this one especially if you want to know about skincare in your 40’s. At this point in in life, early physical effects of aging often begin to show with changes in the tone and texture of the skin. These changes are often the result of years of sun exposure that decreases collagen and elastin in the skin.

Dull Skin

In your 40’s, skin cells don’t shed as quickly as they did in previous years. The result is more dead skin that sits on the surface of the skin leaving it dry and dull. This requires regular exfoliation which can be done with the use of a good product containing glycolic acid, such as SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Defense.

A fractional CO2 laser treatment performed by Dr. Thompson can stimulate and restore the skin’s healthy glow. Not only does it nicely smooth the skin but also helps with fine lines and large pores.

Age Spots

The skin can’t repair itself as quickly or as well as it once did at this point in life, which is often when age spots or pigmentation starts to show. These brown spots are nothing more than the effects of past sun exposure coming to the surface.

Luckily, there are many ways to address dark spots in the skin. Antioxidants are important to apply daily at home for repair and prevention of further pigmentation. The best way to treat dark spots is in the office with a series of IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments, also known as fotofacials. Most patient require 2-6 treatments to fully address pigmentation.

Nightly retinoid use is also important and can make a world of difference in how your skin ages. Retinoids help to exfoliate the skin and even out pigmentation because they act as resurfacers. Regular use can also help with adult acne by regulating oil in the skin and also helps with fine lines and wrinkles because of the increase in cell turnover.

The Start of Volume Loss

Small amounts of volume can be lost in your early 40’s, sometimes 30’s, typically in the cheeks, lips and under the eyes. Dermal fillers work well to restore lost volume and fill in lines and wrinkles in the face. Often times, only a small amount is needed to restore facial volume and restore youthfulness.

Inside Tip

Many women, and men, will start to notice little bumps on their face in their 40’s as well as enlarged pores. It’s probably a good time for chemical peels, fillers and botox. And most importantly, a daily sunscreen and/or minimal sun exposure to the face, chest and neck.

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