Treating Wrinkles In Your 40s
Skin care in your 40s involves a combination of topical ointments to combat wrinkles and discoloration, along with gravity-defying procedures to firm up your skin. Make 40 the new 30 with these age-defying skin care tips from the experts.
Halle Berry. Demi Moore. Salma Hayek. Courteney Cox. What do these hot celebrities have in common? That's right: They are all in their 40s. Here are the skin care secrets that they already know -- and that will make 40 your hottest decade yet.
Skin care problems in your 40s
"The biggest problems women in their 40s face are dullness, deeper lines and crows' feet," says Dr. David Bank, president of New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. He explains that, as you age, a few things happen:
Dr. Joseph Broujerdi, a Los Angeles-based physician trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery, says that loss of facial fat volume results in facial sagging.
Now that you know the problems, let's get to the treatment and prevention.
Skin care products
Because oil production decreases as you age, make sure you are using products that are not too drying. "Oil of Olay and Aveeno are good brands," says Bank. He also says to make sure your skin care products contain antioxidants, such as:
He recommends facial scrubs once a week, such as Neutrogena Gentle Exfoliating Wash, to scrub dull skin away and keep skin looking fresh. "Bump up your nighttime routine from retinol to prescription-strength (and more potent) retinoid, like Renova," he says. "Consider using Botox or Dysport for the upper part of face." He also recommends considering facial fillers and laser treatments.
Dr. Bank's at-home treatment recipe for dull skin
Skin care procedures
Broujerdi says there are procedures to combat the thinning and drooping of the facial muscles that leave deep lines and grooves and cause a tired look:
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