The Best Night-Time Skincare Routine for Your 40s
If you’re in your 40s, there is a good chance you're noticing the visible signs of aging, like fine lines, dryness, and hyperpigmentation. But don’t worry. There are a few superstar ingredients that you can incorporate into your night-time skincare routine to target your concerns.
Look for night-time skincare products with Hyaluronic Acid to bind moisture to your skin, antioxidants to help your skin recover from environmental stressors and retinol to increase cellular renewal. Now is the time to shift the focus towards promoting collagen and elastin, the duo that will help keep your complexion plump.
Step 1: Cleanser
As we age our skin becomes more sensitive and drier, so you want to use a cleanser that suits your skin type and removes makeup but one that’s also gentle on your skin and is not going to strip your face of its natural oils. Look for hydrating ingredients like Aloe Vera or Sunflower Oil, this non fragrant plant oil contains a high percentage of linoleic acid (62%) and other essential fatty acids which makes it a great skin hydrator.
Facial cleanser with Aloe Vera, Hydro Gel Cleanser
Step 2: Serum
A hydrating serum with Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidants is your best friend in your 40s. Combining a hydrating serum and night cream that contains both retinol and peptides, is your anti-ageing night-time duo. Look for serums that also contain Curcumin or Turmeric, a skin brightening ingredient that is going to even skin tone and help with hyperpigmentation.
Ultra hydrating repair serum, EPI-gN Serum
Step 3: Night Cream
Collagen fibres decrease and weaken with age causing skin laxity and wrinkles. When collagen breaks down, peptides act as an alert system, informing our bodies to make more collagen to help replace what we lose naturally as we age. We also lose moisture as we age, so it’s important to maintain hydration levels in our skin to support barrier strength and lipid content so look for products with peptides, retinol and ultra-hydrating fatty acids and ceramides.
Step 4: Eye Cream
The eye area is very delicate and requires extra hydration so look for ingredients that are hydrating like Niacinamide and ceramides. You also want some anti-ageing benefits as well so look for products that contain retinol. Eye creams with a gel base are much better alternative in your 40s as richer eye creams are not favourable to the eye contour.
Eye cream with retinol, Cellular Eye Repair
In addition to a great skincare routine, a few little extras at night-time can help improve the look of your skin in your 40s.
Get More Sleep
To avoid puffy eyes and dullness that come with lack of sleep, try to get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. As Professor Derek Richard from Queensland’s Cancer & Ageing Laboratories explains, sleep is so important to our skin.
“When we sleep the body detoxifies itself, as we go into a rest stage, our brain and body detoxify the chemicals that have built up over the day. If you experience poor or persistent lack of sleep, you don't get rid of those toxins as quickly as you should, and they start to build up and effect not only your body but your skin.”
Try To Control Stress
This is much easier said than done but stress shows in your skin. Stress can aggravate skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea and eczema and it can also cause hives and other types of rashes. Chronic stress can show in the form of acne breakouts, bags under your eyes and dry skin. Remember to take time for yourself each evening and find a way to relax, unwind and reduce your stress levels. There are numerous techniques that can help you de-stress before bed whether that’s reading a book, practicing meditation, deep breathing, progressive relaxation, or mind-body techniques, find a technique that suits you and practice it every evening making it your night-time ritual.
For more information on the best skincare products for your age read our blog What’s the Right Skincare Routine for My Age?