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What To Do When Your Skin Goes Haywire in Your 40s

It’s time to get serious about skincare in your forties.

Turning 40 is a milestone in any woman’s life, one that should be celebrated and enjoyed. This is the pinnacle of your life, when your career, personal life, and confidence are reaching their peaks. But what if you no longer recognize the face in the mirror…? Your 40s are when you’ll start seeing a drop in estrogen, a hormonal change that will lead to all kinds of shifts in your body. Your skin will also start showing signs of aging – but don’t despair!

Just like the ethereal Liv Tyler (42) and the preternaturally beautiful Kerry Washington (42), you too can look your best in your forties.


All you need to know is how to tackle the most common skin problems. Lucky for you, we have all the answers, plus the products you need to kickstart the best decade of your life:


If you haven’t noticed those pesky crow’s feet and brow furrows by now, don’t worry… they’ll come. As your skin loses fullness, it will start to show fine lines and wrinkles. The best wrinkle prevention cream? Good old sunscreen.

The solution: Retinol

Invest in a good quality retinol serum and apply it every night. It’s one of the only clinically proven ingredients to slow the signs of aging, as well as stimulating collagen. And don’t neglect hyaluronic acid either – its supreme hydrating effects will help replenish your skin’s natural hyaluronic acid.

Our pick:
Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose retinoid serum
Pixi retinol eye cream
Dermalogica Super Rich Repair


You’ll notice sagging and a decrease in elasticity around the eyes and jaw first, because of a lack of collagen and elastin, the skin’s structural support. You could also start noticing lines.

The solution: Collagen and face oil

If you’re not limiting your sugar intake by now, it’s time you seriously cut back on the sweetness. You should also invest in a good-quality anti-aging cream and facial oil – gently massage it into your skin every night. Twice-weekly overnight masks will also help improve your skin’s fullness.

Our pick:
Estée Lauder Perfectionist (CP+R) Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial overnight mask


Your skin is producing less sebum, leaving you more exposed to environmental aggressors like pollution and free-radicals. You’ll also start seeing pigmentation and sun damage, which is better treated in a salon by a professional. Altered hormone levels can also cause discolouration.

The solution: Vitamin C

Vitamin C serum every morning will noticeably help brighten your skin, as well as boosting collagen production to help with plumpness.

Our pick:
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
Missha All Around Safe Block All Over Sun Stick SPF50+
Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum

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