Ageing is a natural progression in life.
As the saying goes, getting older is better than the alternative. However, it’s also a natural desire to want to age gracefully and maintain a naturally youthful appearance as you get older. If you’re in your 40s, there are plenty of things you can start doing to help keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.
Here are five habits to start working on today.
1. Be vigilant with sunscreen
One of the best parts of getting older is learning more about yourself and the world around you. As recent as a decade ago, tanning beds were all the rage. Now, the world knows just how terrible tanning is for your skin and your overall health.
The sun is one of the worst offenders when it comes to premature ageing. The damage UV rays cause to the skin promote discolouration, wrinkles, and cancer. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of people who aren’t fully aware of how sneaky the sun’s rays can be.
Start wearing sunscreen every day, both in the summer and the winter. In the summer, you could even wear sunscreen indoors or while driving. While windows offer a bit of diffusion, the rays can permeate the glass and cause damage over time. The closer you live to the equator, the more cautious you should be.
The sun’s reflection on snow and ice can also cause harm in the winter, even when you’re bundled up. Wear sunscreen on your face on sunny winter days to protect your skin from early aging.
If you get a sunburn, nourish the area as soon as possible to promote healing. Treating sunburns with argan oil is one effective way to promote cellular regeneration.
2. Follow an age-appropriate skincare routine
As you age, your skin’s needs evolve. The challenges you face in your 40s may be drastically different than the problems of your 20s. If you don’t already have a skincare routine in place, there’s no time like the present to get started.
A basic skincare routine should consist of daily cleansing, toning, and moisturising. Using a gentle cleanser and alcohol-free toner is all that’s needed for the first few steps. When choosing a moisturiser, pick something free of additives that work with your skin type.
Plan on exfoliating your skin at least once per week. Choose a gentle exfoliant for your face to remove dead skin cells, allowing the moisturizer to work more effectively. Unless you have sensitive skin, you can usually get away with a coarser exfoliant on your body. Yes— your body needs a skincare routine too.
As you get into your 40s, consider looking for a moisturiser with retinoids. Retinoids are compounds derived from vitamin A that has been scientifically proven in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles when applied topically. These effects make retinoids a valuable component in an anti-aging skincare routine.
3. Nourish your skin from the inside
To look great on the outside, you need to treat your body well on the inside. The food you eat and the water you drink have a significant impact on your skin. Highly-processed inflammatory foods are linked to various skin conditions, from acne to psoriasis and eczema flare-ups.
Limit processed foods from your menu and replace them with a variety of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. Protein plays a vital role in the production of collagen, which promotes cellular regeneration and skin health.
Aim to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. Remember that fruit and vegetables inherently contain water, so the more fresh produce you consume, the more hydrated and youthful your skin will be.
4. Reduce alcohol consumption and quit smoking
While having a few glasses of wine with your best mates now and then is fine, excessive drinking will age you quickly. First and foremost, alcohol dehydrates you, and the effects are noticeable on your skin. Second, excessive drinking over time poisons the body and can cause lasting damage.
Smoking not only causes cancer but also promotes wrinkles and discoloration in your skin. Smoking damages collagen and elastin production, and causes repetitive facial movements that result in lines and drooping.
Remember, alcohol causes hormonal disruptions that can also lead to various skin and health ailments. Do yourself a favour and make a lifestyle change.
5. Prioritise exercise, rest, and stress management
When it comes to anti-aging and skincare, most of us focus on external factors. However, there are plenty of actions you can take that are completely unrelated to skincare that will help you look and feel younger.
Exercising plays a role in cardiovascular health, disease prevention, and weight management. When you sweat, it also clears your pores and directs your blood flow to your skin. Exercising also plays a vital role in stress management, which can also impact how you age physically.
Finally, getting enough rest ensures that your hormones stay in check while avoiding puffiness and dark circles.
Love your skin
The key to being beautiful at any age is confidence. Love your body enough to take care of it. Stop worrying about wrinkles and laugh.