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Five Skincare Commandments For Your Forties

 

Good skincare can start at any age, but it’s a case of ‘the sooner the better’ when it comes to ageing skin. The best place to start is with a routine that protects your skin from avoidable damage or extrinsic ageing – ageing caused by environmental factors such as sun damage. However in your forties your skin faces considerably more challenges. Your forties are marked by a decline in various hormones and growth factors. Cell damage has occurred in many tissues, particularly the skin, and as result the rate the skin renews and repairs itself is much slower. You may already have a good skincare routine down, so now is the time to make a few simple tweaks to ensure you maintain a youthful glow.

Look For Brightening Skincare
Melanocyte cells decrease by around 10% every decade after your thirties, which results in pigmentation and uneven skin tone. To combat this you need to look for skincare products which contain brightening ingredients. Our Celestial Black Diamond Serum contains Arbutin and ascorbyl phosphate – a potent derivative of Vitamin C – which help to brighten and even the complexion.

Wear Sunscreen Everyday
We’re told all the time about the importance of wearing sunscreen every day and it’s really is true. Not only do you protect yourself against skin cancer, but you’re also protecting your skin from premature ageing – 80% of which is caused by sun damage. Even accidental exposure, such as through a window when you’re sat a desk in your car, will cause damage over time. Many moisturisers these days come with sun protection built-in, like our Aqua Physics Defence Cream, so there’s no excuse for not incorporating one into your routine.

Don’t Neglect Your Neck
Our neck is continually exposed to the elements, yet it’s a place many of us forget to nourish when it comes to skincare. Even you’ve got a good quality skincare routine and your complexion looks youthful, if you haven’t extended any of your treatments past the jawline then it’s likely that you neck is giving the game away age-wise. Make sure whenever you apply moisture, serum or sunscreen you apply it your whole face and down your neck – so it gets all the anti-ageing benefits too.

Look For Hydrating Products
Women in their forties and fifties experience particularly drastic hormone changes as this is the decade where they may be approaching menopause. The decrease in oestrogen causes a decline in the production of sebum and leads to skin thinning and dryness. As we age our levels of hyaluronic acid also decrease, which can lead to dryness and dehydration. To combat this look for hydrating moisturisers which contain key ingredients like: hyaluronic acid; a powerful water soluble compound which draws moisture into the dermis, glycerine; a moisturising agent, or jojoba oil; which is similar in structure to the skin’s natural oils. Our Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream is perfect for dry skin types as it contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, as well Centella Asiatica  which stimulates the production of collagen.

Treat Fines Lines And Wrinkles
In your forties it’s common for fine lines and wrinkles to appear, and you may notice that expression lines which used to bounce back into shape are now staying put. This is due to the decrease in production of collagen and elastin, two important proteins which are responsible for keeping the skin looking firm, smooth and plump. Look for skincare with specific anti-ageing properties like our Celestial Black Diamond Cream which contains Centella Asiatica to stimulate the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and our potent NAC Y2 formula which stimulates cell regeneration and boosts the function of the epidermis. The crushed black diamond particle also allows these three youth-boosting ingredients to transported deeper into the skin to really tackle ageing from the inside out.  

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Published: Thursday, 13 November 2014

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