When we enter our 40s, it's the most important time to work on firming up the skin. When shopping for skincare, we need to look for products that focus on skin regeneration and cell renewal. Antioxidant rich ingredients are ideal for fighting off free radicals and ensuring your skin remains tight and smooth! Hydration is also key for smoothing out any fine lines and leaving your complexion looking plump and youthful. Women in their 40s encounter a lot of different skin concerns ranging from pigmentation to fine lines, however there's no need to worry! With some great natural products, you can take care of your skin and embrace each year as it comes!
Amazing ingredients for common skincare issues!
Dry skin: As we age, it's not uncommon for skin to lose hydration and appear much dryer than it used to! This can be worsened by factors such as sun exposure, harsh weather conditions and poor skin care habits. To ensure that your skin remains plump and conditioned, it's important to look for skincare that promotes hydration. The natural ingredients to look out for to boost hydration include Hyaluronic Acid - this miracle ingredient can hold up to 10x its weight in water and deeply nourishes the skin from a cellular level! Other incredible ingredients for deep hydration include Rosehip Oil which is filled with essential fatty acids which rejuvenate the skin and Sea Buckthorn which contains over 60 antioxidants and 20 minerals!
Collagen loss: Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin looking plump, firm and smooth, however as we age, these levels consistently reduce. As these levels deplete, skin begins to sag and lines show. To boost your collagen levels, some fantastic ingredients to try include Ginseng, which contains glycol proteins known to form to connective tissues and Gotu Kola which improves the collagen foundation of the skin!
Fine lines, sun spots and low cell turnover: To keep your skin looking youthful it's crucial to address fine lines before they turn into deep set wrinkles! To smooth out your complexion, you don't need to turn to painful injectables! The perfect ingredient? Coenzyme Q10! CoQ10 is an amazing ingredient that's naturally filled with antioxidants. This ingredient may help protect the body from free radicals which affect cell regeneration and the production of collagen and elastin. CoQ10 may also combat the signs of ageing at the cellular level to reduce the appearance of pigmentation issues and sun spots. Ginseng is another ingredient to look out for, as it contains large amounts of phytonutrients that can stimulate the skin's metabolism helping to naturally fight the signs of ageing.
Cleansers for women in their 40s
A great everyday foaming cleanser that I love is the Andalou Naturals Coconut Water Firming Cleanser and is very reasonably priced at $14.95! This coconut scented cleanser delivers much needed hydration deep into the skin, removing dirt & impurities whilst promoting a brighter and clearer complexion. Utilising Coconut Water, Prickly Pear Cactus and Andalou's unique stem cell technology to provide a range of nutrients to the skin, this is a very nourishing way to cleanse your skin and promote a youthful glow.
Another fantastic budget buy is the Lavera-2-in-1 Cleansing Milk $15.35. This soft, creamy cleanser works wonders on dry and sensitive skin to retain moisture and suppleness. It's also filled with hydrating Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter as well as Vitamins A and E. Using the benefits of Kakadu Plum, the Mukti Hydrating Cleansing Lotion $54.95, is a more luxurious option that purifies your pores and softens the skin. It's ideal for normal to dry skin and contains essential fatty acids which may aid in cell regeneration and leave your skin radiant!
Toners for women in their 40s!
A great budget option is the Andalou Naturals Blossom & Leaf Toning Refresher $14.95. It's made with antioxidant filed ingredients including Apple and Grape Stem Cells, as well as Rosehip and Seabuckthorn known for their ability to promote cell turnover. This refreshing toner balances the skin's pH levels, calms and leaves skin with a healthy glow. If you're looking to splurge on high quality skincare, I love the Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom Toner $57.95. It contains ingredients such as Orange Blossom and Lotus which may help cell turnover and fight off free radical damage which leads to premature ageing. It's also very stimulating which can encourage circulation and regeneration of the skin. Great for anyone with highly sensitive skin!
Serums for women in their 40s!
The next step in the ultimate skincare routine is a hardworking serum! The Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil $19.95, is an absolute wonder for the skin, extra virgin cold pressed and filtered for its purity. It can be used to help treat breakouts by balancing the skin's sebum production and It is also rich in Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D and E. It can be used on it's own or as a serum under your usual skin care regime. Another budget option is the RosehipPLUS Australian Certified Organic Rosehip Oil $17.95, which works to rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful glow. When it comes to serums however, there's nothing more luxurious than the Dr Alkaitis Organic Ageless Facial Elixir $179.95, which is made using a holistic blend of rare and potent ingredients. This regenerative serum may support cell renewal, strengthen the skin's natural barriers and visibly reduce pores to help smooth your complexion and give your skin a healthy golden glow!
Day creams for women in their 40s!
To get the most out of your skincare, choose products containing active ingredients for both the day and night! The Lavera Basis Anti-Ageing Moisturising Cream with Q10 $25.95, uses the benefits of Q10 to help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Did you know that Weleda creates skincare based on age groups? I've written a whole blog post on Weleda, explaining which range is best for you! For women in their 40s, the Pomegranate range is ideal. I love the Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream $41.95! It's antioxidant rich and contains Macadamia Oil known for its high Linoleic Fatty Acid content that helps skin retain moisture. To really banish those fine lines, while firming and toning the skin I recommend the Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream $108. Made with antioxidant rich Red Clover, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, this day cream protects the skin, supports regeneration and visibly softens the skin!
Night creams for women in their 40s!
As your skin is significantly more regenerative at night, it's important to choose skincare that will improve the quality of your skin while you sleep! Containing the benefits of CoQ10, the 100% Pure CoQ10 Night Cream $18.95, is a powerful product to smooth the skin. Formulated with the highest natural content of Vitamin A, Organic Rosehip Oil and Vitamin C, this night cream targets age spots, fine lines and sagging skin. As this cream is so potent in Vitamin A, I recommend only using it at night. A new product that I've been loving is the Lavera Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream $29.95, which works overnight to rejuvenate the skin.It's made with beautiful ingredients including Almond Oil and Olive Oil that may help renew the skin and restore it's natural radiance. Another alternative filled with Vitamins A, B & C is the Dr Alkaitis Organic Night Creme $79.95. This luxurious cream is specifically designed to repair and tighten the skin. Containing Dr Alkaitis' science based research and signature herbal skin repair complex, this treatment may help smooth fine lines and refine enlarged pores, leaving you with a soft, beautiful complexion.
Hair thinning treatment!
Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 women struggle with hair loss? Despite what many people assume, hair thinning is not only a problem for men! There are a number of reasons why hair loss can occur, ranging from diet, iron or protein deficiencies, high stress, genetics or simply the normal process of ageing. The Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cells Age Defying Thinning Hair System $39.95 uses a three step process which nourishes and conditions for a clean, exfoliated scalp and uplifed follicle vitality for stronger, thicker strands, less breakage and reduced hair fall.
Supplements for women in their 40s!
To bring a healthy and luminous glow back to dull skin, we absolutely love the Beauty Chef's GLOW Advanced Inner Beauty Powder and Collagen Inner Beauty Boost. This professionally formulated duo may improve gut health by offering a high dosage of bio-fermented probiotics and superfoods. Plus they both taste amazing and will leave your skin looking better than ever. I actually notice the difference when I forget to take my glow powder in the mornings!
Another great powder supplement is the Vital All-in-One Superfood Powder (formerly known as Vital Greens), $32.95. This superfood supplement contains a nutrient dense blend of vegetables, fruits, herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino fatty acids. It's also filled with fibre, cultures and prebiotics to help in the improvement of general well-being!