Mastering skincare in your 40s

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANSlife): Entering your 40s is a significant milestone, and with it comes a shift in your skincare needs. While wisdom and experience are earned over the years, so are fine lines, changes in skin texture, and other signs of ageing. It's a pivotal moment to reassess your skincare routine and adopt a more thoughtful approach to skincare. By steering clear of prevalent pitfalls and addressing skin concerns appropriately, you can effortlessly maintain a healthy complexion.

Neglecting sun protection

One of the most crucial skincare mistakes in your 40s is neglecting sun protection. Sun exposure can lead to premature ageing, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. To counteract this, make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, regardless of the weather. Consider using products with added antioxidants for added protection against UV damage.

Overlooking retinol and vitamin C

Retinol and Vitamin C are powerhouse ingredients for maintaining youthful skin. They help stimulate collagen production, reduce fine lines, and combat pigmentation issues. Incorporate a retinol serum at night and a Vitamin C serum in the morning for a powerful anti-ageing regimen. Start with lower concentrations and gradually increase as your skin builds tolerance.

Ignoring hydration

In the 40s, your skin's natural moisture barrier weakens, leading to dryness and loss of elasticity. Opt for a hydrating moisturizer with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin to lock in moisture and maintain plump, supple skin. For individuals in search of a substantial and long-lasting enhancement, the bio-remodeling treatment, commonly known as the Profhilo procedure, is a commendable option. Distinguished by its exceptionally high concentration of ultrapure hyaluronic acid, this procedure deeply nourishes the skin's layers, promoting heightened hydration, elasticity, and suppleness across various areas of the body, including the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. As a result, it not only stimulates the production of collagen and elastin but also rejuvenates it effectively.


Over-exfoliation can exacerbate skin sensitivity and lead to irritation. While exfoliation is important, limit it to 2-3 times a week and choose gentle exfoliants like glycolic acid. Avoid harsh physical scrubs that can be too abrasive for mature skin.

Not tailoring your skincare routine

Sticking to the same products and routines from your 20s or 30s can be a typical oversight. Your skin's requirements have changed, and a generic approach may no longer suffice. Reevaluate your skincare products and consider incorporating anti-ageing ingredients like peptides, antioxidants, and growth factors to support collagen production and skin repair. Consult with a dermatologist or skincare specialist. They can provide personalized advice, identify skin concerns, and recommend appropriate treatments or procedures to address them.

Failing to prioritize sleep and nutrition

A healthy lifestyle is integral to maintaining youthful skin. Ensure you get adequate sleep and follow a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins. These nutrients play a crucial role in supporting skin health from the inside out.

It's never too late to start taking care of your skin, and the benefits will be well worth the effort.

(Dr. Padmavathi Surapaneni is a senior dermatologist and cosmetologist at Pragna Skin Laser Clinics)





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