A few weeks ago I met with a perspective client over forty that was getting married for the first time. Everyone talks about their big day and how excited they are but for a first time bride that is closer to the big five-O than thirty it was truly going to be a big day. In this case I felt that the bride already had beautiful skin but she was ready to go the distance with facial peels, microderm and dermal fillers if needed as a last resort.
Unfortunately, the aesthetician that was already helping her was steering her down a road of excess and there were patches of her skin that showed it. Even though initially I was only helping her with makeup I had the opportunity to get her set on the right course with her skin care.
Women in there forties have lines and wrinkles…it’s a fact of nature. To what degree? Well that’s something that only you and your derm doctor know for sure. Once we reach forty our pores begin to enlarge and skin becomes less luminous and elastic. Many women at this age tend to over exfoliate and combine too many anti-aging products, which often result in a red, flaky look on the surface of the skin. Research shows that gentle daily exfoliation with a microfiber cloth or a DIY exfoliator like the Clarisonic face brush can help to stimulate collagen and decongest the skin far better than chemical exfoliation that is done too often.
Another big caution is too much processed sugar in your diet, this breaks down collagen fibers and accelerates wrinkles because at this age your body loses collagen faster than it can replace it. So switch to natural forms of sugar such as berries, apples, mangos etc.
There are so many anti-aging products out there that sometimes it’s hard to choose which one is right for you. First analyze your skin and tackle one issue at a time, is it wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, dryness?
Switch to a nourishing cleanser that won’t strip the skin, many women are tempted to use glycolic and acids in their washes but stick to products that won’t dry you out Like Laura Mercier Purifying Oil-Light for normal to dry skin or Rich for dehydrated aging skin. www.sephora.com
Be sure to add a serum with peptides to your daily routine to help reverse the signs of aging like Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate www.lancome.com
Use a rich day cream and a sunscreen every day to keep skin shielded, firm and hydrated like Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream. and don’t skip your eye cream. At this age skin around the eyes tends to be much drier and regular moisturizer just won’t do! Speaking from experience, Clarins Eye Contour Balm is lightweight but effective. Back in the 80’s I received a gash over one eyelid…a present from a friend’s new kitten and used this balm religiously to help heal the cut… with no visible scarring! www.clarins.com
At home mircrodermabrasion treatments used once or twice a month only (remember don’t overdo!) will help to keep pores clean and looking tight. Dr Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream uses pharmaceutical grade crystals to polish away dead skin. www.sephora.com
More than anything else research shows that the thing that ages us most is stress and carrying around a stressed look on your forty-something tense face is a far worse crime than any wrinkle can be, so carve out a bit of time to relax and de-stress during the day whether that means exercising, reading, meditating etc.