Anti-Aging Tips for your 40s and 50s
Skin is a complex organ and unique because it must interact with our environment and a range of harsh elements, including the sun (heat, UV rays), cold and snow, and air pollution. While it protects our other vital organs, and is instrumental in our health and survival, skin endures a lot. By the time we’re in our 40s, our skin begins to show many noticeable signs of wear and tear.
Typically, in our 40s, our facial skin starts to develop small wrinkles, crow’s feet, fine lines and even the dreaded age spots. This means that our skin starts to look its age and caring for it requires more effort. Even if you start a serious anti aging skin care routine in your 40s, the effects of aging can still wind up catching up to you in your 50s.
The appearance of aging is inevitable but there are ways to slow it down.
To combat the effects of aging on your skin, you first need to understand why your skin changes as you age, and how skin changes from your 30s compared to your 40s. From there, you need to determine what creams and lotions work for your specific skin type, and finally how diet and exercise are imperative to the overall health of your skin (and body).
For those who have more challenging skin issues, we look at some cosmetic procedures that may be worth considering. Finally, we’ll introduce you to Silk’n anti-aging devices, which offer the most inexpensive and effective at-home skincare treatments.
There a lot of options for caring for your skin in your 40s and 50s. Here is what you need to know and some tips to help you out.
Why Does Skin Age?
There are several symptoms associated with the aging of skin. Every year starting in our early 20s, the average person produces roughly 1% less collagen. This causes skin to thin and become more fragile. As we approach our 40s, our sweat and oil glands work less effectively, and the glorious onset of wrinkles begins.
Sun exposure, environmental factors (air pollution) and lifestyle (smoking, diet and alcohol consumption) all play a role in diminishing skin’s elasticity. These factors combine to make skin rough and thin and create an uneven tone. The reality for most of us is that we can’t avoid the sun and few people have the discipline to maintain a perfectly healthy and balanced diet and living vice free. This means you need to take other measures to combat the effects of aging and lifestyle.
It is best to be proactive when it comes to anti-aging. This means adhering to a skincare regiment starting in your early 20s. The first step is to limit sun exposure by wearing proper zinc or titanium-based sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB.
Creams and Lotions
A popular part of most anti-aging treatment are over-the-counter creams and lotions. These products can boost your body’s production of elastin and collagen, both of which naturally slow as you age. For people in their 40s or 50s, it’s recommended to use thicker hydrating creams or retinol to attack the layers of dead skin cells and moisturize your skin. Consider creams or lotions with hyaluronic acids as they have a propensity to make skin healthier and more plump. It’s also wise to use products that contain antioxidants.
Diet and Exercise
Diet plays an important factor in how our skin ages. Since skin retains less moisture as you age, drinking water can help hydrate it and prevent it from drying out.
Other foods believed to promote healthy skin and are recommended for people over the age of 40 include:
- Fatty Fishes like salmon and herring. These are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is known to maintain skin health.
- Avocadoes contain healthy fats and vitamin E. Vitamin E is an important anti-oxidant that fights against oxidative damage.
- Walnuts, another source of essential fatty acids, are richer in health properties like omega-3 and omega-6 than other nuts.
- Sunflower seeds have skin-boosting nutrients. One ounce alone contains close to 40% of a recommended daily intake of vitamin E.
- Sweet Potatoes help skin by providing the antioxidants to combat the effects of sun exposure. By incorporating about 100 grams into your weekly diet, you can prevent sunburns and wrinkles.
- Broccoli is another vegetable that contains minerals like zinc and vitamins A and C, which are amazing for your skin. It even has a compound called sulforaphane, which is proven to have anti skin cancer properties.
Other foods like soy, tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, green tea and dark chocolate are known to exhibit an ability to help increase skin’s elasticity and improve tone.
Similarly, exercise should be included in any skincare regiment. According to a study presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and reported by The New York Times, exercise has proven to help skin look younger but can also be an effective measure against the symptoms of aging. The study showed that participants over 40-years-old who exercised weekly had healthier skin. Granted, subjects did more than exercise so their results are not completely attributed to one factor. Yet, researchers believe that there is a strong correlation between exercise and healthy, younger-looking skin.
Cosmetic Procedures for More Challenging Skin
Some people have skin that requires more than a sensible diet. If common skincare tactics and treatments aren’t working, then you might want to consider cosmetic procedures. These procedures can include laser treatment and micro-needling.
Laser treatments uses Intense Pulsed Light, which works to reduce or eliminate pigmentation issues like rosacea, broken capillaries and wrinkles. It also uses fractional laser treatment to smooth fine lines, eliminate acne and acne scarring and make skin tighter.
Micro-needling has grown in popularity the last few years and causes small and insignificant injuries to your skin, force it to repair and strengthen. This prompts great collagen production.
These treatments are not necessary for the average person in their 40s or 50s who want clearer and healthier skin. While they are safe, they are recommended for those with more significant skin issues.
Silk’n Anti-Aging Devices
The Titan is a new anti aging device that reduces wrinkles and age spots, rejuvenates collagen and lifts facial contours, effectively making skin look and feel younger. It is inexpensive, safe and can be used on any area of your face and neck. Because it tightens and lifts, it reverses the symptoms of aging and the effects of gravity. It does this by promoting your body’s natural processes which helps to tighten your skin.
The FaceFX anti aging device delivers radiant skin using photo-rejuvenation technology to treat issues associated with aging like crow’s feet, wrinkles and fine lines. The results are astounding and long-lasting. By committing to using the FaceFX, your skin will continue to improve. It’s clinically tested and recommended by dermatologists.
These are the two best anti-aging devices on the market and they allow you to care for your skin in the comfort of your home without a hefty price tag. If you’re in your 40s or 50s and want to play catch-up with your skincare, then give the Titan or the FaceFX a try.
It’s Never Too Late
You are never too old to want to look younger. As you approach middle-age, it’s recommended to focus on skincare as it contributes to your overall health and can make you look and feel amazing.
If you are developing a treatment plan, we hope the tips outlined in this article are helpful. We also hope you consider including the Titan or the FaceFX, two inexpensive and non-invasive devices that deliver strong and long-lasting results.