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Skincare in Your 40s: The Best Skincare Guide

Let’s face it - life changes a lot in your 40s. Many people experience more confidence, a greater sense of independence, and deeper relationships with...

Skincare in Your 40s: The Best Skincare Guide

Let’s face it - life changes a lot in your 40s. Many people experience more confidence, a greater sense of independence, and deeper relationships with age. While life gets better, some things may have gotten more complicated. For example - a super simple cleansing and moisturizing routine may have worked well to maintain your skin’s appearance in your teens and 20s - but your 40s likely require more maintenance to get that gorgeous, healthy glow.

With age, your skin changes - and your skincare routine needs to change with it. Luckily, there are countless products and regimens aimed to help you achieve your best skin at any age. Keep reading to learn our expert tips and tricks to get radiant, glowing skin in your 40s. 

How Does Your Skin Change in Your 40s?

As you age, your body changes — and your skin is no exception. Your skin gets thinner over time, healing slows, and fat stores deplete. This may create a more hollow look to the face with less skin elasticity and volume. 

In addition to universal skin changes that happen to men and women alike, women also experience hormonal changes during perimenopause and menopause which impact your skin composition and cause the skin to become more dry. 

What Should You Focus on for Skincare in Your 40s?

Everyone knows the cornerstones of basic skincare hygiene: daily cleansing, adequate hydration, removing makeup before bed, and moisturizing skin. But to target your unique skin needs in your 40, you may want to implement additional steps to your skincare routine to help you get the fresh, rejuvenated skin you’re looking for. 

As always, speak to a board-certified dermatologist when in doubt about changing your routine.

1. Exfoliants Are Your Friend

You’re likely already exfoliating, whether you know it or not. Many of us exfoliate each day with what’s called a physical exfoliant - a material that helps buff away dead skin cells, like a wash cloth or facial cleansing brush.

Another method of exfoliation is chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliants contain acids like AHA or BHA which loosen the bonds between your skin cells, stimulating cell turnover and sloughing away dead skin cells. This can helps brighten and smooth skin, in addition to addressing common issues lke discoloration and dark spots. 

Active ingredients like chemical exfoliants may not be ideal for all skin types, and if you have sensitive skin, you should patch test first. But working with an ingredient like glycolic or salicylic acid into your daily routine can help with skin tone issues related to aging.

Prep-N-Glow Exfoliating and Hydrating Facial Wipes are a great option to add exfoliation to your routine effortlessly. These dual-sided wipes cleanse and exfoliate with micro-dot texture to buff away dead skin cells, oil, and makeup. 

2. Fill in the Gaps of Your Aging Skin

Your skin is made up of several vital proteins - like collagen - that keeps skin plump and firm. However, collagen production decreases after age 20 which causes loose, slack skin. While you can’t stop collagen loss, you can help to fill in the gaps of aging skin and help address a loss of firmness.

Peptides naturally occur in your skin. Their amino acids help create proteins crucial for collagen and elastin formation. While the production of collagen slows, using peptide-rich products can help fill in the gaps for aging skin and reveal a radiant appearance. Super Peptide Booster Serum helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while refining your skin’s texture overall. Triple-peptide complex and peony root extract work together to help to smooth and firm your skin.

3. Don’t Forget to Hydrate

Your skin doesn’t just lose some building blocks as you get older — it also loses all-important skin barrier strength. Your skin barrier helps to keep bad things like bacteria and other impurities out while locking in nutrients and moisture. 

As you age, you become more vulnerable to TEWL, or transepidermal moisture loss, which means your skin is more likely to feel dry throughout the day. So while you likely lathered on moisturizer in your 20s and 30s, it is even more critical to hydrate and moisturize in your 40s for optimal skin health.

When it comes to hydration, there’s one ingredient that reigns supreme: Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that can attract and bind water molecules to your skin. In fact, Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1000x its weight in water in the skin - helping your skin to appear visibly more plump and radiant. 

Silk Cremé Activator is the must-have partner for your microcurrent device to conduct microcurrent - and also packs super hydrating power. Created with hyaluronic acid and NuFACE proprietary IonPlex blend, this luxurious serum-créme leaves your skin feeling firmer, brighter, and more hydrated for up to 48 hours. 

4. Workouts Aren’t Just For Your Body

While it’s important to stay active, focusing on toning, lifting, and contouring doesn’t have to be reserved for your body. You can also use the TRINITY+ Complete Set with attachments to give your face the same treatment. Consider skincare your nutrition, and microcurrent your fitness - both are needed to establish best results. 

While traditional skincare treats the surface of the skin, NuFACE microcurrent facial toning devices go deep down to the MUSCLES to tone, lift, and contour and have been clinically proven to tone and contour in just 5 minutes a day. 

For optimal skin health and a rejuvenated appearance, incorporating NuFACE Microcurrent Technology will help you to achieve firmer, more lifted skin in just minutes a day - without pricey visits to a plastic surgeon. 

5. Protect Your Skin

Wearing a high SPF sunscreen is non-negotiable at all times, especially as skin ages. Using a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen can help protect you during sun exposure, working to prevent sun damage caused by UV rays. This photodamage can exacerbate visible signs of aging, so the more scrupulous you are about protecting your skin from sun, the better!


In conclusion, if you’re looking to maintain beautiful, smooth, and even skin into your 40s, there’s more to it than just adding an eye cream for your skincare lineup. Exfoliating, deeply hydrating, going deep down to the muscles, and protecting skin from external factors are essential steps to maintaining your glow at any age.


Skin Care and Aging | National Institute on Aging

Characteristics of Aging Skin | National Library of Medicine

Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin | National Library of Medicine

Age-Related Changes in Skin Barrier Function — Quantitative Evaluation of 150 Female Subjects | National Library of Medicine

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