4 Beauty Products You Should Never Skip After Age 40
That’s right—never! Taking better care of your skin after you turn 40 is simply non-negotiable. "As you age, there’s less collagen and elastin production in the skin, and skin cells renew and replace themselves more slowly," says John Diaz, MD, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA. "All of this means that your skin is more vulnerable to damage, so fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots develop more easily; if you don't take excellent care of your skin now, its appearance will dramatically worsen." Ok, we’re listening. But still—who wants to spend all day putting on creams? Here are the 4 essentials top skin docs say really count:
Why it’s a big deal:Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging, Diaz says. Ultraviolet light speeds the formation of lines, wrinkles, and sun spots, a double whammy since sun-induced damage hampers skin’s ability to repair itself, too, he adds. "SPF is all we have, other then clothing, to protect our skin from the sun’s aging effects—and skin cancer," says Ruth Tedaldi, MD, a Boston-based dermatologist.
The 40+ upgrade:Be choosy about your ‘screen: "As we age, our skin can become more sensitive," says Debra Jaliman, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Look for a physical SPF formulation—one with active ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, like Derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 with clear zinc oxide (, dermae.com). These sunscreen formulas have fewer chemicals and tend to be less irritating, she explains.
Wear it:Every morning after cleansing and applying serums or lotion. It should be the last skin care product you put on before applying makeup.
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