Fourth decade of life is a crucial milestone, as round about this age most women feel that their youthful looks are beginning to fade. Skin looses the spring of youthfulness, complexion feels dull and the shape of the face starts to give in to the force of gravity. When you hit 40 it’s vital to reevaluate your beauty and skincare habits. During this fourth decade of life every youth conscious person’s skin ethos should be - preservation and rebuilding of youth. How does one go about doing just that? — Here’s a blue print to follow.
First Order of Business — Lets Put That Spring OF Youth Back Into The Tired Old Skin
Skin stops making collagen and elastin after 25 year of age, by the time you turn 40 considerable amounts of these skin-plumping elements are depleted. As a results skin looks tired, saggy and lack luster. This is about time when you change your daily skincare routine and start to invest into youth building energy-based devises that can boost skin collagen and make you look youthful again. Furthermore volume loss in the fat layers and bone mass that has happened in the last 40 years of life has to be compensated also with professional anti-aging treatments that can instantly boost volume and deflating contours.
Skincare: Look for daily skincare products loaded with Vitamin C, A, and fruit acids. These products will help exfoliate the dull skin and add luster and shin to the skin. They will also stir epidermis and dermis to help rebuilt fresh collagen to plump up the skin to youthful levels.
Cleansers: Pick up a cleanser that can gently exfoliate and compensate for the slowed down rate of cell renewal that happens naturally around mid thirties. As we age dead skin cells pileup on the top layer of skin and don’t slough off efficiently this contributes to dryness and dull tone and even accentuates existing spots and wrinkles. Look for products with fruit acids like lactic acid, salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
Day Time Skincare: The moisture-trapping molecules in the dermis, like hyaluronic acid, start to diminish in the 40s. These waning humectants trigger dehydration, while also predisposing skin to volume loss by creating a collapsing or deflating reaction in the skin. To help plump and rehydrate, start replacing what’s been lost with a skin hydrating serum.
To repair and protect, look for a serum rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C or E, or epidermal growth factors to help stimulate collagen production. Most people around 40 are also particularly concerned about the fine lines and wrinkles that strain the eye area, using an eye cream containing the same ingredients can help with improving the skin quality. When out and about add a layer of a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 moisturizer.
Night Time Skincare: Regular use of a prescription retinoid is like making a deposit in your beauty bank. Retinoids boost reserves of collagen and elastin, preventing future sagging. Not only are they antiaging, they also reduce acne, a bonus for women still suffering through breakouts in the form of adult acne.
Clinical Treatments: Research into aging has shown us over time that volume loss more than gravity lies at the heart of an aging face. Volume loss in skin as well as the other layers of the face (namely fat and bone) slowly leads to all signs of aging. With this volume loss we see wrinkles, expression lines and facial contours changes.
To plump up the skin and revive the youthful contours of face what are our best choices?
Energy based devices: Research has shown radiofrequency, ultrasound as well as different forms of lasers that can heat up the skin up to 42-45 degrees can boost collagen and elastin production. Judicious use for such devices can help turn back the hands of time in your favor. I am a big fan of such devices as they impart youth without changing the natural shape of the face.
Dermal fillers: Volume loss in the mid face, temples, as well as the dynamic areas of the face leads to deep grooves that run under the eye, around the smile lines and corner of the mouth. Replacing the lost volume with dermal filler injections can give instant and natural results.