But now in your forties you need to be aware of the changes that your skin is undergoing.Women in their thirties should slightly alter their skin care regime in order to maintain their healthy and youthful skin when they hit forty.
Even chemicals in various cosmetic products do not damage our skin like the harmful radiation from the sun does. Get yourself a good medicated sunscreen cream or gel depending on your skin type. If you have dry skin then buy a good moisturizer with SPF 30.
The moisturizer will hydrate your skin and the SPF will provide protection from the sun. Sunscreen combined with moisturizer is a good way of avoiding lines, wrinkles, patchy skin and pigmentation. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before stepping out. You can also re-apply throughout the day especially of you work under strong and harsh artificial lightening.
Women in their forties should start using Retinol cream in place of their regular night creams. Retinol is rich in Vitamin A and helps repair damaged skin tissues including building up collagen fibers. Healthy tissues and properly structured collagen gives the skin a smooth and firm texture.
Retinol is also an exfoliant and keeps the skin young and fresh by getting rid of the dead skin cells regularly. After the age of 35 women should start buying skin care products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids as an active ingredient. AHAs help smoothen out the skin tone by giving it an even look. They also deal with signs of aging like lines and wrinkles.
These acids help open the skin pores and keep them healthy by getting rid of the debris collected in the pores. With age the skin pores tend to become bigger and get clogged with dirt and sebum. Regular cleaning of the pores suppresses their enlargement.
Vitamin C is a natural and best anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants fight the free radicals present in the body and in the atmosphere. Some of these free radicals like dust, smoke and pollution harm our skin spoiling the texture, tone and appearance.
A diet rich in vitamin C helps ward off the ills of free radicals. Sufficient amount of vitamin C in the body helps repair wounds by fastening the healing process. The vitamin also encourages production of collagen.