If you talk to a dermatologist or any skin expert, they will tell you it is never too late to start a skincare routine. It doesn’t matter how old you are because you will see benefits regardless of your age. The key is to ensure that you stick to your routine every day and that you include medical-grade skincare products. However, the earlier you begin a regimen, the more effective it will be.
Rather than wait for blemishes to appear and correct them, taking preventive steps is the best way to care for your skin. The saying, “Prevention is always better than cure,” certainly applies when it comes to skincare. At Youthful Reflections, we encourage people to start caring for their skin while they are in their late teens. This way, when patients reach their older years, their skin will still look smooth and firm. But rest assured, no matter what your age, it is never too late in the game to start taking care of your skin.
If you’ve never followed an established skincare routine, it may feel a bit intimidating. The good news is that just a few high-quality products can help you treat your skin and even pamper yourself. From the best facial creams for wrinkles to the best exfoliation treatments for mature skin, you can slow the aging process and improve the appearance of your skin.
How To Start a Skincare Routine After 40
Whether you have already established a habit of taking care of your skin every day or are just now developing a new skincare routine, here are tips and ideas to incorporate:
1. Start using vitamin C.
Vitamin C is an ingredient many young people use to help reduce dark spots. However, this product is also useful for aging skin. Vitamin C should be one of the main ingredients in your routine as it provides many other benefits, including increasing collagen production. When you have enough collagen in your skin, it will appear young and plump. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and can give you anti-ultraviolet protection as well.
2. Exfoliate your skin every week.
Depending on the needs of your skin, you should exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week, even though some people may only need to exfoliate weekly or even once every other week. Get to know what your skin requires or make an appointment with one of our skincare experts, and we can analyze your skin and help you develop a routine. Make sure you do not overdo exfoliation since it can damage your skin and make it more sensitive.
Exfoliating reduces the appearance of dull skin, which is a common issue for mature skin. Many people also find that their pores become much more visible, and exfoliation can also help shrink pores. You can either go to a professional, or you can exfoliate on your own.
3. Always wear sunscreen.
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily is a must, regardless of age. If there is one product that you should not skip out on using, it is sunscreen. Sometimes you will have lazy days when you do not want to use products on your face or days when you are in a rush. Though it can be time-consuming, you should always try to find the time to apply sunscreen protection, no matter how busy you are.
The sun is one of your biggest enemies as you get older. It can easily turn your skin into a wrinkly disaster if you do not care for it or at least put on sunscreen. Look for a product with SPF 30 and above to protect your skin from sun damage.
4. Moisturize your skin.
As you get older, your skin may start to appear flaky and dry. There is an effective way to combat these skin problems. Simply moisturize daily and you will see a huge difference. You should look for a good product that has healthy ingredients, especially those that can strengthen your skin barrier. Some of these ingredients are hyaluronic acid, honey, ceramides, and peptides.
Treatments To Boost Your Skincare Routine
Aside from a good and consistent skincare routine, Youthful Reflections recommends Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing to both enhance and preserve your young-looking skin.
CO2 laser resurfacing is one of the best options for rejuvenating the skin. It targets different skin problems you may already have, including sun spots and wrinkles. This treatment is extremely effective and gives the biggest bang for your buck.