After the age of 40, the skin starts to lose its elasticity and becomes more prone to dryness and age spots. To prevent these signs of aging and maintain a bright complexion, you need an adapted daily skincare routine. Here are a few products you should add to your skincare routine to slow down the visible signs of aging.
Thoroughly cleaning your skin every day is vital for getting rid of impurities while removing dead cells. It will also help your skin breathe and remain radiant. Another reason to clean your skin every day? Clean skin is better at absorbing the products you apply.
It’s also important to protect your skin barrier, a thin layer of natural oil and water that acts as a defence against external aggressors. That means the dryer your skin, the more vulnerable it is. With this in mind, gently clean your skin morning and night with a cleanser that’s adapted to your skin type.
As the skin ages, cellular renewal slows down which can lead to a duller complexion. You should exfoliate the skin on your face once or twice a week to help remove dead cells. Look for gentle products that aren’t too harsh for your skin type.
There are many options when it comes to exfoliation. Here are the two main ones:
- Scrubs: the tiny beads in the product will improve the skin’s radiance and remove dead cells.
- Peels: these products usually contain fruit acid or enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells.
After washing your face every morning, boost your skin barrier’s protection against pollution and UVA/UVB rays with a serum formulated with vitamin C. In addition to stimulating collagen production, vitamin C helps mitigate hyperpigmentation. Look for a product containing at least 15%
L-ascorbic acid, the most efficient type of vitamin C. This type of serum will help your skin remain soft, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and brighten your complexion.
What is a serum?
A serum is much lighter than a moisturizer or oil which enables its active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. Apply it before your moisturizer – which prevents moisture in your skin from evaporating – to get the most out of the serum’s benefits. Make sure to choose your serum in line with your skin needs.
After applying your serum, apply a moisturizing cream designed for your skin type as well as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. There are moisturizers with SPF available but keep in mind that you should still use a product with an SPF of at least 30.
You should wear sunscreen year-round to protect your skin. That’s because you are exposed to UV rays throughout the year, and they can lead to premature signs of aging.
Keeping your skin moisturized, combined with the right sun protection, will help nourish it. Your skin will therefore feel soft and comfortable.
Its easier for your skin cells to regenerate while you sleep than during the daytime when the skin needs to fight various aggressors. Why not take advantage of the nighttime to care for your skin?
Before going to bed, thoroughly clean your skin and apply a serum. Then apply a nighttime cream that promotes skin regeneration.
Look for these ingredients:
- Hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and plumps your skin
- Collagen, which improves skin elasticity while helping to keep it smooth
- Retinol, which is renowned for diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne
Psst! Is your complexion dull but your skin doesn’t react well to retinol? Try bakuchiol, a plant-based product that is as efficient as retinol. It’s the perfect alternative for sensitive skins! Make sure you also apply your nighttime products on your neck all the way down to your upper chest and on the back of your hands. These zones are also prone to premature aging.
Obviously, there is beauty at every age! The important is to feel comfortable in your own skin.
Last updated on November 16, 2022