As we age, we understand that certain needs or how we care for ourselves will also change. After all, what your body is crying out for is different in our 40s compared to a teenager or even in our 20s.
Take your skin as a prime example. No matter what you do, it’s not the same skin you had when you were 20 years younger. It has been exposed to more pollution, UV rays, and a whole host of other contributing factors that make a difference.
The result is a need to change your skin care routine to make sure you continue to provide your skin with everything it needs in order to be at its best. To show you the difference age can make, we will focus on how to moisturize your face after turning 40.
How to Properly Moisturize Your Face.
You may have thought that moisturizing your face was an easy thing to do. Well, it’s all too easy for things to go wrong leading to you simply not giving your skin everything that it needs. So, find out how to moisturize your face and skin with out 10 skin care tips.
Avoid Washing Your Face Too Often.
The first thing is to avoid washing your face too often. You may think that you are somehow adding moisture to your skin, but it’s the chemicals that you are then putting on it that will be causing the problem.
You need to be gentle or you will actually speed up the process of drying out your skin instead of helping it. If you feel you need to rinse your face, for whatever reason that may be, then the best thing to do is to splash your face with some water and pat dry.
Use a Gentle Cleanser.
You want to avoid using anything that is too abrasive as that will merely irritate the skin. A gentle cleanser that has natural ingredients, or things that are designed to soothe the skin, will prove to be the best option. Remember that your skin is suffering from a drop in collagen production so it will be losing some of the elasticity and structure. It finds it harder to cope with things like it used to, so a harsh cleanser is not going to go down too well. Knowing how to cleanse and moisturize your face correctly has to be one of the basic steps to follow.
Use a Gentle Chemical Exfoliant.
You still need to exfoliate. This is the process that will remove dead skin cells and encourage regrowth of your skin. Also, it removes free radicals that will be damaging the skin, so this is something that you cannot avoid doing.
However, just as with the cleanser, you cannot use products that are viewed as being harsh on the skin. You want to use a more gentle chemical exfoliant and even look for one that is aimed at sensitive skin. This will allow it to do its job without stripping away the natural oils your skin produces leading to you face feeling as if it is severely lacking in moisture. Also, only exfoliate once a week.
Know Your Skin Type.
You must also know your skin type as that will help to determine the type of moisturizer you will then use. For example, if you have dry skin, then you need different things to an individual that generally has quite oily skin. Putting the wrong products on can lead to skin conditions developing, and you hardly want to make things more difficult for yourself.
Identify your skin type before you start applying any products to your face as it will make sure that you get the correct ones and will then see greater benefit from them.
Add Your Moisturizer After Washing Your Face.
You need to apply your moisturizer after washing, and do so before you go ahead and put any makeup on or any other product. You want your moisturizer to be able to sit directly on the skin as it then allows it to be absorbed correctly. The last thing you want to do is to create a barrier that then makes the job of the moisturizer more difficult. It then becomes no surprise when you feel as if it’s not doing anything. You also want to use a cream rather than lotion. A cream has more oil and it’s easier for the moisture to then be locked into your skin making it work more effectively.
Protect Your Skin.
As our skin becomes more exposed to pollutants and those UV rays, it becomes even more important for us to protect our skin from any additional damage. After all, the healthier your skin, then the easier it is for any moisturizing cream to do the job that it was bought for as it’s not fighting against anything.
The most important step for you to do is to use a cream that contains an SPF. You will find most foundations now include it, but we would recommend using a cream that is for this specific reason rather than it being an add-on. By doing so, you know you will be receiving the full effect. Remember to apply it even on days where the sun isn’t shining. Those UV rays don’t know the difference between sun and cloud.
Use a Face Mask.
A face mask can be a wonderful way of soothing your skin while also allowing helpful ingredients to effectively infuse into those cells. We aren’t saying that you need to use one every night, but it should at least be a weekly ritual for you to follow. Look for one with calming and gentle ingredients that include Vitamin E. Also, stick to something as natural as possible. That means a mask with olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Remember to Moisturize At Night.
You will be aware that there’s both a day and night cream and you are best to use both at the appropriate times of day. The night cream is designed to really soak in as you aren’t then exposing your skin to anything harmful and nor are you going to be applying makeup. Do still check that the version that you are using is perfect for your skin type. Using something that is too heavy and oily for your skin could lead to blocked pores and an increase in skin problems.
Boost Collagen Production.
You must also look at boosting collagen production to help with moisturizing your face. The problem is that the lower layer of skin, known as the dermis, is the part where collagen is produced in order to help the elasticity and health of the cells. When this starts to diminish, it means hydration cannot be maintained to the same levels as it was when you were younger.
By boosting collagen production via products, you will then be in a position to make a significant difference with the moisture retention in your skin.
Remember the Antioxidants.
Finally, you need to remember those antioxidants as they will remove free radicals and pollution that is stopping your skin from absorbing the moisture. At the same time, those free radicals are damaging your skin and making it appear older than it really is. You need to deal with this problem to then be able to get the maximum benefit from any moisturizer.
So, there you have it, 10 different tips that can all play a part in helping you better understand how to moisturize your face after turning 40. Build them into your routine and see the difference that it then makes in a relatively short period of time. We are sure that you will be amazed.