Skin Care Through the Ages: 40s+

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K-drama star Go Hyun Jung is an amazing 45-years-young.


Not all skin care regimens are created equal, at least not when you’re 40 (as compared to 20). Here, in this three-part series, we finally get to the 40s and beyond. And if Jennifer Aniston, Gwen Stefani, and Gwyneth Paltrow are any indication, this is your time to shine.

You’re noticing things you’ve never seen before — sagging, fine lines that are on their way to bona fide wrinkles, a serious loss of volume. “It’s often not what we do during our 40s that manifest as the cause of aging but rather what we did in our formative years,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou. “This is a time of repair and prevention all at once. We have to work harder to reverse damage, all while trying to prevent the pileup of more damage.” Skin also becomes noticeably drier, so keeping skin hydrated is more important than ever. “A balance of sunscreen, antioxidants, exfoliations, retinols, and the addition of growth factors can really boost skin renewal and reverse many of the signs of skin aging.”


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Your regimen:

Start with the good habits you started in your 20s:

  • Remove makeup and cleanse every day
  • Vitamins and antioxidants to brighten and repair
  • Treat blemishes with salicylic acid
  • Moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 30

Continue with skin care that got you through your 30s:

  • Vitamin C and ferulic acid
  • Retinol to reverse collagen breakdown and discoloration
  • Lifting and firming treatments
  • Chemical exfoliants like glycolic or salicylic acid
  • Eye cream

You should add these to your regimen now that you’re in your 40s:

  • Eye serum
  • Prescription retinoid like tretinoin
  • Hyaluronic acid serums
  • Peptides and growth factors


Formulated with a pH for maximum absorption, this eye serum features caffeine and a patent-pending super antioxidant. Nerium Age-Defying Eye Serum, $80,

Clinical studies showed a significant lifting effect with this serum fueled by the powerful antioxidant idebenone. Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, $230,

This serum, with 12 forms of the water magnet hyaluronic acid, is like a tall drink of water for my increasingly dry skin. Niod Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex, $35,

Give your regimen a seasonal re-balance with a concentrated treatment of red ginseng, licorice root, and mugwort. Sulwhasoo Herblinic Restorative Ampoules, $200,

A potent serum with four peptides, marine algae extracts, and the super antioxidant superoxide dismutase. Le Mieux collagen peptide serum, $85,


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Originally published in Composure Magazine.

One thought on “Skin Care Through the Ages: 40s+

  1. zllvs says:

    My pockets can’t afford all this… 😦 But it’s a great guide and many elements are essential to keep a healthy and beautiful skin. Thanks for sharing this. ❤


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