Changing up our skincare routine as we age can be a daunting prospect. With so many products on the anti-ageing market, what do we really need for younger-looking, youthful skin?
Fear not, though, as we've drilled down to the anti-ageing necessities your skin craves, particularly as your 40s hit. Simply follow these tips for a radiant, glow-y complexion.
Use gentle cleansers
In your 40s, you don’t want a harsh cleanser that will strip skin of any natural oils, as these are key to plumpness and a youthful glow. So look for soothing but effective cleansers, such as oils and milks over foams and soaps.
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser, £66,
Don’t be scared of the e-word – generally, exfoliating should only be avoided if you suffer from particularly sensitive or dry skin. As we age, exfoliating approximately once a week helps to lift dirt and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, encouraging radiance. Gently exfoliating can also help to stimulate circulation, which diminishes with age.
Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, £26,
Use hydrating ingredients
Collagen and elastin are what keep our skin looking plump, healthy and line-free when we’re young, and because the world is a cruel place, this is exactly what our bodies lose as we get older. Luckily, applying hyaluronic acid not only floods skin with vital moisture, but helps keep our collagen and elastin ticking over.
Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, £20,
Don’t forget SPF
Exposing skin to UV rays is one of the quickest ways to lose essential collagen levels. After moisturising in the morning, apply a hydrating, antioxidant sunscreen to your face, before applying make-up.
Glossier Daily Suncreen SPF 30, £20,
Do a weekly mask
You know how our ability to deal with late nights (read: hangovers) worsens as we get older? It’s the same with our skin. Recovery and cell regeneration slows down, so it’s a good idea to help skin along with weekly rejuvenation.
Dr Roebuck's TAMA Healing Mask, £25,
Try night serums
Our skin switches to repair mode at night, so it’s worth investing in a hard-working, texture-refining serum. It’ll help your face appear fuller and diminish lines and wrinkles.
Lixir Night Switch Retinol, £40,
Massage eye cream
We all know bright, line-free eyes are key to a youthful face, so look for an eye cream or serum rich in vitamins, peptides and antioxidants to help rebuild cell health. Massage eye products gently into the skin – this helps boots lymphatic drainage to eliminate puffiness, which can worsen as we get older.
Oskia Eye Wonder, £49.50,