Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Skin care in your your 40's

Ah, the 40's. And no, I'm not talking about the 1940's. As a 40-something, you start to notice an increase in lines gathering around the eyes, mouth and forehead (just make them go away!). Your complexion might begin to look a little weary and dull. Don't despair; this just means its time to makeover your skincare regimen.

While in the 30's a good skincare regimen consisted of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, the 40's are a time to start thinking anti-aging products. Some of the best ingredients to look for are alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids, both which stimulate collagen production.

Also, your skin type might change. I noticed that my skin, which used to be normal/combo, began to go more toward the dry side. If this happens, switch to a creamy cleanser (instead of a gel or foam) and a heavier night cream. Just make sure to choose oil-free formulas if you're still experiencing breakouts, which can easily happen due to fluctuating hormones.

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