Though genetics may give some an unfair advantage, with a little effort, beautiful skin isn't hard to achieve after age 40. Using sunscreen, implementing a proper skin care regimen and taking the time to moisturize are just some of the things that can keep your skin looking radiant. With the right products and proper hydration, beautiful skin is definitely achievable.
Cleansing Your Skin
After age 40, your skin likely is drier than it used to be. The best cleansers for you are those that are gentle and will not strip skin of its natural oils. Oil-based cleansers, which also serve as makeup removers, are best. When you wash your face, use a gentle touch and do not push or tug at the skin; too much tugging can cause premature wrinkles, especially in the delicate eye area.
Skin starts to lose collagen at around this age. Collagen plumps skin and fills lines, so moisturizers containing collagen and other skin plumpers are beneficial. Antioxidants and retinols help skin too, improving fine lines and wrinkles.
Another key ingredient to look for in a daily moisturizer is sunscreen. SPF 30 or higher will help prevent sun spots and further sun damage to the skin, helping you appear more youthful.
At night, after cleansing and before moisturizer, use a serum designed to penetrate deep into the skin and with a high concentration of active ingredients that protect, heal and benefit the skin.
Some foundations formulated as skin care treatments will not only even out and refresh skin tone, but also treat the cause of wrinkles and sallowness. Some products such as BB creams -- "beauty balms" -- act as a makeup base, are packed with antioxidants and provide broad spectrum UV coverage.
In Your 40s
Skin begins to lose elasticity and become prone to sagging, instead of bouncing back as it used to. It may look duller, with decreased radiance, and become drier. The neck and chest area will show more signs of aging, because these areas are thin and prone to environmental damage.
To combat these effects, invest in rich moisturizers that have brightening formulas, as well as creams targeted toward the neck and decolletage.
In Your 50s
You may experience rosacea due to menopause, and your eyes may begin to develop crinkles and crow's feet. To treat, look for redness-combating moisturizers and moisture-rich eye creams and serums that contain collagen.
In Your 60s
You may notice more pronounced brown spots. Hydration is a must to quench drier skin. Try products such as creams, milks and butters, because water and gel based products won't be as effective. For brown spots, look for ingredients such as hydroquinone, vitamin C and AHAs -- alpha hydroxy acids.
Avoiding Plastic Surgery
Although surgery and injections are options, many prefer to age naturally. Facial massages and facial yoga can strengthen muscles, prevent skin from sagging and prevent jowls.
Eating a proper, balanced diet and making sure to stay hydrated will also keep your skin looking healthy.