Beauty | When your skin turns 40…and beyond

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By the time we embrace our 40s, most of us believe we have an effective skincare routine. And that is the first mistake we make.

Hormones affecting our skin is something we associate with our teenage years, and in some cases our 20s and 30s. But there is no escape from the dreaded hormones.

While the hormonal changes may be gradual, many women notice an increase in lines around the eyes, between the brows, on the forehead, and around the mouth.

Brown spots may also start to occur and, around age 45, there might be a loss in skin tone. In some cases, hormonal swings may even cause an increase in facial hair.

All of this naturally seems daunting, but there are a few things you can do to ensure your skin stays healthy, smooth, and glowing.

Melanocyte cells decrease about 10% every decade after the age of 30, resulting in irregular pigmentation. Use a natural skin lightener with vitamin C to brighten the skin and fade brown spots.

The leading cause of premature skin aging is from UV light, so you need to apply a moisturiser with sunscreen every single day of the year. Look out for a SPF moisturiser that contains zinc oxide as they tend to be lighter in weight and will not clog the pores.

It is the neck that we first see the effects of aging and sun damage. Applying sunscreen generously to the front and sides of the neck is one of the best ways to prevent premature aging, so be sure to get into this habit daily when performing your morning routine. A skin serum with  retinol will help keep this area looking smooth and even-toned.

Indeed, retinoids and peptides are two ingredient groups that you should add into your routine. Peptides can help rebuild collagen, especially when used in combination with skin texture-improving retinoids like retinol.