How Your Skin Changes When You’re Over 40: What To Expect
Find out about how your skin changes when you reach 40, and how to keep it looking and feeling great.
During your 40’s your body is going through quite a few changes. Now we really get why they call the menopause ‘the change’.
Your skin is very much part of this turbulent process of transition. The skin can show all kinds of differences, and you may feel that it has gone a little bit bonkers. A lot bonkers, actually.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This horrendous unfairness is happening to women in their 40’s and above all over the world.
Sagging, lines, wrinkles, and even acne. All of those words and more rather terrifying terms can apply to ageing skin. As if we didn’t have enough to contend with already at this age, our skin now has issues.
How unfair is that?
It is unfair, but don’t worry, there are lots of ways to deal with these tricky changes, to ensure your skin stays in great shape in these changeable (and kind of annoying) times:
How & Why Your Skin Changes At 40+
When you age your skin can go dry because perimenopause and menopause basically suck the life out of you. Maybe a bit dramatic, but when it comes to your skin, its not that far off. Your estrogen levels fall which means that your skin gets much dryer, noticeably so.
Drying skin can lead to more flakes and dead skin layers. This is likely to cause dullness because you don’t have the same skin cell turnover that you had when you were younger. There aren’t new skin cells coming through quickly any more.
One of the most potential issues of ageing skin is acne. That horrible skin affliction you thought you left behind in your teenage years is back. Unfair, we know.
In your 40’s you may well get some acne around your chin and jawline. That is because your hormones are riding a rollercoaster and hormone issues commonly show up in the chin and jaw skin.
Wrinkles & Fine Lines
Wrinkles and fine lines can show up before you're 40, but if they haven’t yet, they may well show up now. Yay.
It does all depend on sun exposure, genes, lifestyle, diet, exercise and overall health as to how your skin ages in this way.
Of the most part, prevention is better than cure. So if you’re not very wrinkly yet, now is a great time to get stuck into a preventative skincare regime.
Spider veins are most likely to begin appearing in your 40’s or 50’s. These are also known as facial thread veins and commonly appear around the nose. Many types can’t be prevented as they tend to come because of genes and hormones. You may even be prone to getting these types of skin blemish unfortunately.
Rosacea can appear at any age, but it commonly appears in the 40’s. It is recognisable by flushing and small red blotches on the nose, chin, forehead and cheeks. Blood vessels and little bumps can also appear, as well as skin thickening of the nose in some extreme cases.
Age spots are also known as liver spots and they are harmless areas of hyperpigmentation that appear on the skin. They can appear on the face, hands and other parts of the body and can appear earlier in life, but are also considered to be common signs of ageing.
How To Support Your Skin At 40+
There are quite a few skin issues to contend with as you go beyond 40, but there are also lots of things you can to do prevent them getting any worse. You can get a great completion in later life, here’s how:
Slather On The Sunscreen
You should be wearing sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF as a massive 90% of skin ageing is caused by the sun. Those who wear a daily SPF of 15 or higher can have nearly 25% less skin damage than those who do not wear any.
Smoking literally puts skin ageing on overdrive causing grey, sallow, dull skin. It is never too late to quit and quitting is one of the best things you can do for your skin and overall health.
Alcohol is really not the best friend of the skin, at all. It sucks the moisture away and damages the skin, making you look older.
You can feed your skin from the inside at any age, but especially in your 40’s when your body really needs that nutritional support. Eat a rainbow diet of fruit and veggies, healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Limit known ageing ingredients like processed foods and refined sugars.
In addition, drink a ton of water and consider supplementing with vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E, biotin, iodine, niacin, riboflavin, vitamins A and C, zinc and selenium are all great for skin health.
Exercise is so important for strength and mobility as you age. It is also a healthy aspect of a great skin regime. It gets the blood flowing to your skin, and makes your immune system stronger. Your skin will look healthier and more glowy, the healthier you are.
Get A Good Skincare Regime In Place
You should have a really good skincare regime in place in your 40’s to help remove pollution, makeup and debris that clogs the pores and irritates the skin. At the very least you should be cleansing and moisturising. At most, you can include gentle acids and nourishing serums to layer that skin care.
It can be hard to know where to begin with so many different products on the market. If you can see a dermatologist to get you going with a bespoke skin regime you’ll be off to a good start.
“And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” - Audrey Hepburn
Your skin might be different now, but it can still be supple, glowing and beautiful with the right support and adjustments.
Your skin journey at 40+ is quite the adventure and during this time, many women find themselves feeling empowered by this new stage of life. You can feel empowered too. Just embrace the change, you’ll definitely adapt, and you might even come through stronger.