As each decade passes, many women begin to notice changes in the appearance and texture of their skin. When a woman reaches her forties, her skincare needs may be different than the regimen she had in her thirties.
Dermatologists wholeheartedly agree if women are diligent with sunscreen protection since their teen years, then skin changes may not be so apparent. It has been proven time and time again that sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging and sun spots.
Harmful rays are strongest between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. So during this timeframe, it is especially important to apply sunscreen. In fact, making it a daily habit is the best anti-aging prevention of all.
A sunscreen ingredient such as titanium dioxide is helpful as well as finding a product listed as being “broad spectrum.” A broad spectrum sunscreen offers both UVA and UVB protection.
If sun protection does not play an active role when outdoors, skincare challenges may show up due to a breakdown in collagen.
Sun damage wreaks havoc on collagen by destroying its natural fibers which keep the skin firm and tone. When collagen collapses skin becomes more delicate. First signs of these happenings are fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth region.
Coupled with a collagen breakdown, women in their forties don’t regularly shed the top layer of skin as they once did.
Experts suggest that women in this age group begin considering a product with retinol. This ingredient can be found in both prescription and nonprescription. Prescription, though, will be more potent.
Retinol cream accelerates collagen production which helps improve fine lines and wrinkles. It is one of the most sought after anti-aging formulas out there.
Since retinol cream is powerful, do be mindful that it may cause skin irritation if used on a daily basis right away. If this happens, your dermatologist may suggest starting the regimen with a lower percentage of retinol or using it every other day. The amount may be increased when your skin is ready to handle a more frequent application.
Other ingredients which tend to work well in a retinol cream are glycolic acid, hydroxyl acid, and/or vitamin C. Understanding that every skin type is different, manufacturers have created different ingredients to benefit every facial need and want. Finding the right one is the important part.
Overall, the goal for women in their forties is to locate minimally invasive procedures to enhance collagen production and recapture the fountain of youth.