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There’s a big shift in the way your skin looks when you reach your 40s. If you were a sun­wor­ship­per who skipped on sun­screen years be­fore (even only oc­ca­sion­ally), cu­mu­la­tive dam­age will show it­self in the form of pig­men­ta­tion, blotch­i­ness, red spots and rud­di­ness. With col­la­gen and elastin lev­els drop­ping, skin re­tains less mois­ture, starts to lose its firm­ness and be­come no­tice­ably drier.

“Wrin­kles get deeper, pores tend to be­come larger and skin loses its elas­tic­ity,” says Clar­ins’ Ta­mara. “When skin loses its abil­ity to hold on to mois­ture, it des­per­ately needs the help of ac­tive ingredients to bring back the sup­ple­ness it once had.” As skin is drier than ever, wrin­kles deepen – es­pe­cially around the eyes, fore­head, mouth and neck. Skin also starts to thin, and cell turnover

Use a creamy – rather than a gel – cleanser morn­ing and night if your skin is sen­si­tive. If not, a mild cleanser con­tain­ing AHAs or sal­i­cylic acid once a day will ex­fo­li­ate gen­tly.


On top of your broad-spec­trum SPF, you’ll need a mois­turiser con­tain­ing hyaluronic acids, a key in­gre­di­ent that helps to lift and firm while stim­u­lat­ing col­la­gen pro­duc­tion to re­hy­drate and seal in the mois­ture so skin looks plump and smooth. Sup­ple­ment this with a serum con­tain­ing at least two types of an­tiox­i­dants, such as ly­copene, green tea or soy, and al­ter­nat­ing them ev­ery day if pos­si­ble. Al­ter­nat­ing serums of­fers a wider ben­e­fit as dif­fer­ent an­tiox­i­dants ad­dress dif­fer­ent prob­lems. If your skin is be­gin­ning to look crêpey, try a serum or mois­turiser con­tain­ing all of the above, as well as pep­tides, which have been shown to strengthen col­la­gen pro­duc­tion.

Main­tain­ing the reg­i­mented night-time regime you adopted in your 30s is key, with a few ad­di­tional tweaks. Der­ma­tol­o­gists say ap­ply­ing a pre­scrip­tion retinoid, ev­ery night, or ev­ery other night if your skin is sen­si­tive, can re­duce pig­men­ta­tion, in­crease cell turnover and col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, thicken the epi­der­mis and can even re­v­erse pre-can­cer­ous sun dam­age.

Kiehl’s Cryste Marine Firm­ing Cream Dh297, Kiehl’s Omorovicza Re­ju­ve­nat­ing Night Cream Dh845,

Har­vey Ni­chols

NIGHT-TIME: Eve Lom Cleanser Dh587, Har­vey


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