Your Skin in Your 40’S

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When it comes to your skin, your 30’s were great times, but your 40’s may not be such a magical time, despite some of the wonderful changes that may be happening in other areas of life. You may notice some of these unwelcome changes may require you to step up your skincare game. Skin changes are not limited to women. Yes, men are likely to also experience some of the same upheavals too. Here are some of the more noticeable skin changes that both genders may see and feel.

Women’s skin in their 40’s

With the onset of perimenopause for many women, estrogen, or oestrogen levels are starting to decrease. There are changes to bone density and this can impact a woman’s body and face. You’re likely to see more fine lines around your eyes, mouth, forehead, and other areas. Some fine lines may become more visible as they increase in depth. Moisture loss is increasing, leading to increased dryness in your facial and body skin.

All of these unwelcome changes are likely to show themselves from head-to-toe, ready or not. Your skin may also become more sensitive to perfumes or fragrances, skin products, environmental factors, and you just might start to develop allergies to things. Those age spots you’ve always heard about may actually start to show themselves one at a time.

Men in their 40’s

Men don’t fare much better. Their testosterone levels are dropping and they also start to notice dry skin as well. Along with women, men’s skin loses that firmness and glow that it once had and skin starts to sag. Blotchiness and redness add not-so-attractive hues to the skin. Even excess facial and body hair may start to become problematic.

Damage from free radicals

What the heck are free radicals? Sounds like an out of control mob, right? No, according to LiveScience, this is when “the body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins, and DNA”


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Further, Christopher Wanjek, at LiveScience explains that “free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage, according to the Bad Medicine columnist for Live Science.

Free radicals aren’t likely new to your body at forty, but the damage may start to really show itself around this age. In your forties, it just may feel as though your body is betraying you after you’ve taken such good care of it. The good news is it’s not too late to start putting in some extra TLC in order to see some slow-down or even reversal of some of the unwelcome changes.

This is a good time to get some extra time in with your dermatologist if you have one or even visit your doctor. These trained professionals can help you to sort out which of your skin troubles are actually concerning and which are just normal changes.

What can be done to help dry skin in your 40’s?

Normal changes to your skin can usually easily be remedied with the right products and some extra care. Consider allocating ten minutes more in the morning and also in the evening to pamper your hard-working skin. Find the right skin care products and routine for your skin type and put in the effort to take better care of you.

After all, it’s endured forty years of harsh weather, chemicals, free radicals, medications, and likely some neglect. Let’s face it, we tend to put work, children, errands, family, and friends ahead of our own skin – literally.

Get a better understanding of your overall skin health and care in your 40s or what to expect in your 50s.



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Moira is a contributor for Your Brand Of Beauty and founder of Lead-Her-Ship Group, a content strategy and marketing company. She writes for various top-tier digital publications and business blogs. Moira is a mom, sister, friend, business professional, passionate about beauty & wellness, especially for women and men over 40. Her connection to beauty and wellness started way back at the beginning of her career as a trained hair stylist with certifications in esthetics.

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