The tanning, the tennis, and the fantastic beach vacations of your teens and 20s and 30s may be written all over your face when you reach your 40s. Some women and men escape the slings and arrows this decade can wield, but the fact is that most don’t reach 50 unscathed. What we gain in wisdom, we lose in collagen and elasticity. Our glory days come back to haunt us as sun damage in the form of redness, dark spots, and blotchiness. But fading radiance doesn’t have to be the price we pay for a life well lived! In our 20s and 30s, skincare was simple – and when it came to anything beyond moisturizer, anything else seemed almost optional. Now? Having a thorough and well thought out skincare regimen in place can help you retain your complexion’s healthy glow now and in the future. The good news is that your best and most beautiful years may well be ahead of you. All it takes is a little forethought, as outlined below.
Get Acquainted With Power Products
This is the decade in which many women and men truly begin to embrace Retinoids, different chemical acids, peptides, anti-oxidants and products like hydroquinone. In one’s 40s, developing and retaining youthful skin isn’t just about treating fine lines and wrinkles. Look for products that stimulate collagen synthesis, and consider whether you might need to switch to products designed for drier skin or more importantly anti-aging products. Even if you’ve been blessed with normal skin or coped with oily skin for your entire life, you may find that the big 4-0 brings with it a new skin type. Drier, sun damaged and the beginning of fine lines and wrinkles. Look for products formulated to regnerate your skin, such as SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum which has a combination of natural growth factors, collagen and proteins to reduce fine lines and improve elasticity. And if you’ve suffered from facial redness in the past, consider whether you might actually need a rosacea treatment like our Equalage Peel, or the Equalage products, an easy 3-step rosacea remedy to control and eliminate facial redness.
Treat for Tone and Texture
Your 40s are the perfect time to start researching treatments that will improve both the tone and the texture of your skin. Sometimes, products alone are not enough and you need to combine treatments along with products to get a better and faster result.
Laser resurfacing, such as a Micro Laser Peel or a Fractional CO2 Laser treatment, can
eliminate signs of aging faster, then the use of products alone. Skin rejuvenation, includes a smoother, even complexion, diminished fine lines and wrinkles, reduction of uneven pigmentation and a more refreshed, youthful appearance with the benefit of a lustrous glow. While considering treatments such as these, continue to slather on sunscreen, as that will continue to be one of your biggest allies in your efforts to maintain healthy skin that stays beautiful as you move into each new phase of life.
Turn to the Pros
As we’ve mentioned before, the needs of skin will be different in different decades of life. Look first for skincare products specifically designed for your age bracket, but if you were a sun worshipper back in the day, don’t expect an over the counter treatment to work miracles. You may find that your 40s represent the first time you’ve looked for more dramatic, longer lasting skincare results. Many of our patients visit us for the first time in their 40s because it’s usually around this time in their life, that they realize it’s time to consult the medical aesthetic professionals to help undo the damage caused by environment and genetics.
At Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa, we offer a full range of non-invasive, non-surgical, and proven skin care treatments that help women and men look their best in every decade of life. For additional Anti-Aging treatments we highly recommend ULTHERA®.
Please visit our ULTHERA® page to read more on this New, Non Surgical procedure, that can make you more youthful in less than an hour.