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Monday, April 8, 2013

Skin Through the Ages: The 40s


'The UAE is the same age as me, just a few months younger.' photo (c) 2012, Thomas Galvez - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

*This post is the fourth in a series called “Skin Through the Ages.” The series will focus on how to take care of and manage skin at various points in life. This post focuses on the 40s.

So you’ve made it to your 40s. There is a dirty word I have to bring up that’s going to be a big game changer for you – menopause. The years after turning 40 are typically when women begin to experience menopause, although it can start much younger in rare cases or, for some lucky women, not until they reach their 50s. Along with that hormonal phenomenon, your skin is retaining less moisture and becoming drier. Combine that with a blotchy appearance and sunspots and you may not be thrilled about the condition of your skin. Don’t fret. It’s not all bad! There are steps you can take to look younger than your years and keep turning heads.

Proper products
As your skin is changing, make sure the products you’re using are suitable for your skin type and needs. As your skin becomes drier, you shouldn’t continue to use the skin care products for extremely oily skin you were using in your 20s. The last thing you want to do is strip even more moisture away from your skin. Reevaluate your products and the state of your skin, and ask a skin care professional if you’re unsure of where you stand. Whatever you decide, make sure the products you’re using are tailored to your current skin care needs.

Moisture outside
Speaking of drier skin, moisturizers are going to be your new best friend if they weren’t already (and they should be by now). Although skin isn’t retaining moisture like it used to, you can still help it out. Use moisturizers on a regular basis and on all your skin, not just on your face. Make sure they are tailored for the right parts of your body. Your delicate eye area, face, body and hands have different moisturizing needs. Use moisturizers liberally and use them often.

Moisture inside
Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water every day, as well as eating the right fats to help keep your skin hydrated. If you’re not a fan of straight water, add some fruit.  Lemons, limes or even cucumbers can give water a nice, light flavor. If that’s not cutting it, look into a low-calorie drink mix, like Crystal Light On The Go, to help give your water the punch it needs for you to stay well hydrated. You can also eat foods with high water content. Plenty of fruits and vegetables like peaches, cantaloupes, cucumbers and tomatoes have high water content. Don’t forget foods like almonds, avocados and fish to give your body the healthy fats it needs to keep everything well oiled.

Exfoliation
With all this talk of drier skin, recall the exfoliation blog post a little while back. If you’ve been using a manual exfoliant like a scrub or a brush, now is the time to change your method. Dry skin is more susceptible to damage than oily skin, meaning your old exfoliant may now be too aggressive. Change to a chemical exfoliant like an acid or a peel, but do it sparingly to avoid damaging your skin.

Hopefully these tips will help you fell better about taking care of your skin during your 40s. Still have questions? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to help you. If you want to make an appointment with Advanced Dermatology, click here

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