40 is the new 30. So, how can we make sure our skin plays the game?
Our skin’s needs are constantly changing, which is why it’s important to evolve our skincare routine and products as we enter our 40’s.
In our 40s, we want to protect our skin as much as possible, avoiding anything that’s going to strip away precious natural oils. Sebum production, and the water and fatty acids that give our skin its hydration and plumpness decline as we age, leaving our skin more defenceless against daily damage from environmental stressors.
Anti-ageing Skincare Routine
Wash away the dirt and grime with gentle, hydrating anti-ageing cleansers that are mild to the skin, and avoid deep scrubbing and clarifying products that can strip our natural oils. Look for kind-to-skin formulas such as milks, cleansing balms and amino-rich washes.
In addition to gentle cleansing, a vitamin-rich, collagen serum is vital in maintaining moisturised skin. The big vitamins we’re looking for here are vitamin A (retinol), B3 (niacinamide) and C, in moisturising formats such as rich creams and serums.
Vitamin A (retinol) is the go-to for stimulating collagen and elastin production to help maintain the bouncy structure of the skin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that’s brilliant for defending against pollutants and environmental stressors that damage healthy skin cells, and targeting pigmentation that prematurely ages the appearance of your skin. Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) works wonders on strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier by increasing the production of ceramides. Ceramides band together to form a protective layer that lock in the moisture skin needs to look plump and glowing, and lock out environmental pollutants, UV and toxins that age skin before its time.
One of the best formats for 40+ skin is an anti-ageing serum. Serums are highly-concentrated yet lightweight formulas packed with powerful ingredients that absorb easily into the skin and boost hydration and luminosity that makes skin appear younger.
If you’re looking to invest in a powerhouse anti-ageing serum for maximum results then we recommend these superstars:
Pestle & Mortar's Pure Hyaluronic Serum is excellent for topping up your skin’s own moisture levels to help restore a healthy glow, plumpness, and radiance.
Dr Levy's Booster Serum is a super charged serum that helps stimulate collagen and elastin production and can be used after a hydration boost serum such as Pestle & Mortar, or on its own. Apply Dr Levy Booster serum in the morning to give your skin an instant boost for the day ahead.
Royal Fern's Phytoactive Anti-aging Serum is a regenerative powerhouse in strengthening and revitalising your skin. Royal Fern is great to apply before bedtime, giving your skin time to absorb and nourish these skin-hydrating ingredients as you sleep.
Last, and most important of all – SPF.
Sunscreen is for daily life, not just for holiday. One of the biggest threats to skin in our 40’s is the sun; and we’re not just talking about those blissful weeks of topping up our tans. Daily exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays can speed up the aging process by penetrating the skin and damaging the elastic fibres that keep skin firm. Now we know what you’re thinking - SPF has a bad rep - but gone are the days of the thick, heavy, sticky creams we’d be covered in on the beach. Formulas have evolved to be gloriously lightweight and contain skin-loving ingredients such as vitamin C and E. Some even provide a sun-resistant punch while adding hydration in the formof hyaluronic acid such as Soleil Toujours Extreme Face + Scalp Sunscreen Mist.
Fact of life - our skin and body changes with age. Also a fact of life? We can manage those changes to look and feel the way we want, even as the clock ticks over.
Just as we spend time working our bodies to keep healthier and in shape for today and tomorrow, we can also up the facial workout ante when it comes to looking younger for longer. We recommend trying FaceGym's Radio Frequency Workout – in our studio or online for plumped-up, gorgeous skin thatglows. Radio Frequency works on boosting the skin’s collagen production to help restore elasticity, firming the skin and achieving radiance that improves over time. We even offer a specific Lower Face Lift 1-2-1 Session to treat troublesome skin slackening around the jawline that comes with age.