Best Anti Aging Skin Care Tips For 40s And 50s

Best Anti Aging Skin Care Tips For 40s And 50s

Best anti aging skin care tips for 40s and 50s is very similar to best anti aging skin care for 30s with the exception of a few different steps and products to use. For example, using a very good eye cream or eye gel in your 20s is not essential UNLESS you are already starting to see fine lines or even wrinkles forming. At this age, a great cleanser should be the focus MORE than an expensive anti aging eye cream.

This post is for you if you are in your late 30s to 50s.

Does your skin look thinner, revealing dark circles around the eyes, deeper expression lines, or obvious capillary activity?

How about for some of you going from random break outs to dry, dull skin?

What happens to your skin in your 40s?

In your 40s the top layer of the skin (Strateum Corneum) becomes thicker because the desquamation rate (skin cell turnover rate) slows down causing uneven skin tone.

Pores appear larger and more pronounced as collagen and elastin loosen and (for some) sebum production increases

Collagen production slows and skin becomes looser and more prone to visible wrinkles

Expression lines become more pronounced

Dermis is weaker with dilated veins that may start to appear

What Happens to your Skin in your 50s?

Skin may become visibly thinner

-Hormonal changes affect sebum production making too much or too little

-Decrease in Estrogen/increase in Adrogen may bring on unexpected break outs and facial hair

During this life stage (40s and 50s), hormone levels start to fluctuate and therefore start to affect the skin.

This can affect the skin DAILY so it is recommended to have different cleansers or a balancing cleanser to accommodate the changing needs of your skin.

You may have to go back and forth in using gentle exfoliators some days and deeper exfoliating products other days, possibly less (or more) depending on your skin.

You may also find that using one type of moisturizer or cream is not enough. One day it might be too heavy and the next day, it may be too light.

If you are also trying to treat hyperpigmentation and/or Acne, the products that typically treat these skin conditions can dry out the skin, so if your skin is already dry, these conditions may be exacerbated.

Best Anti Aging Skin Care Products For 40s and 50s:

CLEANSERS: Most cleansers’ pH are around 10. This will strip the acid mantle of your skin. The skin’s natural pH is around 5.5, which is slightly acidic instead of alkaline (like the pH of most cleansers). This can leave your skin too dry or too oily.

If your skin feels tight after washing and you’re not using any moisturizer, your cleanser may be stripping the acid mantle instead of restoring it.

Most anti aging cleansers that contain Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, etc. may be acidic and over using them may cause irritation. If you find your skin becoming red after daily use, it may be time to use a more gentle cleanser on alternate days.

As mentioned before, the 40s and 50s stage, Estrogen starts to decrease. Estrogen stimulates the Fibroblasts to create collagen to give the skin its bounce and plushness, and Elastin to allow your skin to easily stretch and move.

The reduction of collagen and elastin in the skin leads to drier, thinner skin.

Fats that replenish and restore the hydrolipid barrier nourishes and protects the skin. This includes essential fatty acids such as:

-GLA’s-Gamma Linolenic Acid

-Omega 3 Fatty Acids

-Algae Oil


-Seabuckthorn Berry Oil

-Grapeseed oil

-Hyaluronic Acid (not a fatty acid but helps the skin retain moisture)

So, not only is this the life stage where the skin becomes more dry but this is also the life stage that most people begin using Retinoids and acids for anti aging. This can increase more sensitivity and dryness to the skin.

Best Anti Aging Skin Care Tip for 40s and 50s:

***PRO TIP***: This is when using a spray hydrating toner really makes a difference in assisting your skin to be able to retain moisture.

Avoid cotton application based toners. Typically, you need to apply the toner evenly enough so your skin is moist. That way when you apply the moisturizers/creams, it seals in that moisture and the rate of moisture evaporation slows.

Find a toner that has high hydration properties such as: Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, anti inflammatory properties.

I really recommend this toner because it actually increases the efficacy of anti aging ingredients in serums, creams, or lotions.

As far as moisturizers and creams are concerned. I am going to focus on two types of creams.

The first one is for people who have had laser (Fraxel), Microdermabrasion, Acid Peels, or any other medical procedure in which their skin may be red, inflamed, tender, healing and need the skin to be hydrated while not being too heavy or greasy.

Rescue Post Recovery Creamthis cream is hydrating and soothing and the pH is to promote healing.

Unique Benefit: The unique benefit of this cream is that it creates a favorable pH environment for skin that is dry, irritated, sensitive, or has had microneedling, post acid peel, post laser, or has compromised skin (Retin A users/ Glycolic Acid users).

Provides: Immediate skin firming and hydration from:

-Beta Glucan

-Evening Primrose Root Extract

-Sodium Hyaluronate



-Aloe Vera Juice

-Added Anti oxidant -Vitamin A C and E.

*Does not contain any ingredients that can cause break outs.

The second cream is the MD Dermaceutical Overnight Restoration Cream.

The second ingredient after water is Organic Aloe Vera Juice which has humectant properties. The third ingredient is a derivative of Vitamin C. This is a relatively new derivative of Vitamin C used in skin care products.

-Water soluble form of Vitamin C

-More stable form of Vitamin C-so less likely to cause irritation in the skin. The uniqueness of this particular form of Vitamin C show that it can help with Acne.

The tests that were done show results were slightly better or comparable to those using 5% Benzoyl Peroxide.

(Sources below)

During the 40s and 50s, because the skin cell turnover rate really begins to slow down, exfoliation is really important.

As far as collagen boosting, avoid the collagen creams. Collagen on its own, is too large to penetrate the skin, look for more potent serums with peptides to stimulate collagen production within the skin.

This cream also has BOTH humectant AND occlusive properties to increase moisture/hydration in the skin such as:


-Sodium Hyaluronate

-Aloe Vera Juice

-Isopropyl Palmitate

-Jojoba and sunflower oil

and in addition to the antioxidant it has Green Tea Extract which has powerful Polyphenols.

Best Skin care TIP for 40s and 50s:

Loss of elasticity- Saggy and droopy skin becomes more pronounced so look for skin care products that protect, stimulate, and repair collagen and elastin.

Ingredients such as :


-Vitamin A

-Marine Collagen

-Growth Factor

-Alpha Lipoic Acid


Anti Glycation ingredients such as:

-Green Tea


-Amino Acids


all help in this process. If you are not familiar with what happens to your skin from Glycation, please watch this video

titled, “How Sugar Ages your Skin”.

The best skin care tip for 40s and 50s – This is the time where you focus on the specialty skin care products to address the fine lines, wrinkles, and hyper pigmentation.

The products to focus on are:


-Treatment creams

-Eye Creams

-Anti Aging Sunscreens-Yes, those are NOW available instead of the regular sunscreens.

Stay tuned for our hyper pigmentation series coming SOON!

If you have NOT seen our video on “How to Treat Dark Circles, Under eye bags, and Saggy Eyelids, you can catch it here!

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