It was almost like a switch went off. When I turned 40, so many things about my body changed. But what I noticed the most was my skin. It became drier, I noticed more fine lines and wrinkles and I started to get more hormonal breakouts on my face. We are always looking for skincare tips for women over 40. Skincare is an ever changing field as there are always new products and new treatments being developed.
There are so many questions about how to help our skin look healthy and youthful. We know that because we asked and skincare was a topic you (our readers) wanted more information on.
We are all very different when it comes to our skincare. What product works best for you might not work best for the lady sitting beside you. Of course there are the most common ways of keeping your skin healthy that we all can do.
- Stay Hydrated
- Wear Sunscreen
- Eat Healthy
But for some more specific skincare tips for women over 40, we have enlisted the help of Leah – Founder of the Skin Shop and Certified Facial Therapist.
Here are a few of Leah’s tips for over 40 skincare.
Now we have chatted about this before in a blog post – Collagen What is it and Why we need it..
Leah calls collagen the ‘scaffolding for the skin’. Collagen is important to maintain as for younger looking skin because as we age, collagen weakens increasing sagging and wrinkling skin.
Leah, can you tell us how do we increase Collagen?
Well, there are a few ways:
Supplementation (I could do a whole post on this)
Marine collagen as a supplement is very important for maintaining the structure of the skin and leaves skin feeling very hydrated. There are different types of collagen but marine is better absorbed into the body.
I love marine collagen and notice a huge difference in my skin when I use this. I swear I look younger.
Omega – 3’s for hydration. They are also instrumental in the health and glow of our skin. Omega 3’s are a natural anti inflammatory which helps prevent wrinkles. It is amazing for the hydration levels of your skin. Most of us do not get enough omega 3’s in our diet and can really benefit from supplementation of a omega 3 supplement.
Leah, what about anti-aging serums?
Look for products with peptides and growth factors. Products that stimulate collagen and fibroblasts to minimize the loss of it in your skin.
Retinals are the buzz word for anti aging. A proper formulation can encourage cell turnover and stimulate collagen growth. Talk to a professional for recommendations as it can be incredibly hard on the skin and cause irritation.
Leah, we are told that we should always ‘exfoliate’. Why?
As we age our cells do not turn over as quickly. For example
a baby’s skin cells turn over approximately every two weeks, but as we age the cell turnover progressively gets slower and can take up to 90 days for the cells to turn over. Exfoliation encourages this process and shows brighter healthier skin. It also help your products absorb better into you skin. I love a gommaging technique that gently digests dead skin and balls it up as you rub the product on your skin. It is gentle and less irritating that a scrub type exfoliation. I also like a chemical exfoliation like lactic acid or glycolic. This can be done 1-2 times per week.
Micro-Current or Radio Frequency Treatment
Leah, if there was one treatment you would recommend, what would it be?
Micro-current is like workout for your skin. It also help stimulate collagen, and tighten skin appearance. An in spa treatment will be a bit stronger which is great to do once a month, but it is a cumulative effect so getting an at home machine can help your skin start tight in between treatments.
Radio frequency works a bit differently but is an amazing way to lift and tone the skin, It uses heat energy to stimulate collagen and elastin. Its one of my fav ways to see a natural lift. Treatments are usually reasonably priced and are best done once a month in spa. Bonus would be having a machine at home to continue the benefits weekly
Thank you so much to Leah for sharing some of her tips with us 🙂
Now these are just a few tips on skincare and there are so many more, we could have gone on and on. If you want to learn more, head over to Leah’s website The Skin Shop or ask your facial therapist what works best for you.
Good luck with finding that fountain of youth. And if you find it, please let us in on your secret 😉 or if you have a tried and true treatment or product, we would love to hear about it in the comments below.