We all live on schedules. Setting an alarm in the morning, eating at certain times of the day, and having a bedtime we try to stick to ensures that we are rejuvenated and rested for the day to follow, where we will do it all again.
At this point in your life, you understand the importance of routine. By sticking to a routine, we ensure that we don’t lose any valuable time that we could spend hanging out with friends or family or relaxing and watching our favorite Netflix show.
What many of us don’t realize are the routines within our schedules. As you grow older, you learn to do things in a particular order. While some of these are controversial, such as pouring the cereal before the milk or wetting your toothbrush before putting the toothpaste on, others consistently stay the same. For example, you shampoo before using your conditioner - unless you’re someone who uses a 2-in-1 shampoo.
A lot of it comes down to what is right for you and what you are comfortable doing. So while the best skincare products for 40-year-olds are the same, the order you use them in might be different. Keeping this in mind, let us walk you through what we think the best skincare products for 40-year-olds are in the order that we would use them from when you wake up to when you go to sleep.
Maybe you brush your teeth before breakfast, or perhaps you brush them after. Either way, the first thing you should be doing in the morning when your eyes open is walking to the bathroom to wash your face.
It is imperative to be extra gentle when you are washing your face. Your face goes through a lot, many emotions, the sun, your phone screen. You’ve rested it all night, and so you don’t want to disrupt the peace. Opt for a gentle facial cleanser and gently use your hands to wash your face.
When washing your face in the morning, we don’t recommend using an exfoliator because your face doesn’t have too much dirt on it other than what was on your pillowcase.
While you may not have used a toner in your younger years, there are many benefits to using one in your forties. A face toner removes any dirt or impurities that linger on your skin even after you have finished washing your face. A toner, when used correctly, supports firmer, more supple-looking skin. It can even leave your skin looking more youthful!
If you have dry skin or your skin gets easily irritated, we don’t recommend using a toner every day or twice daily. Instead, try using it every other day. Or, only at nighttime after a long day to prep your face for your beauty sleep.
A great serum that keeps your skin looking bright while reducing the appearance of dark circles is a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to support a brighter, more youthful complexion. It is great to get ahead of those fine lines and wrinkles and is a perfect way to do just that.
Another amazing serum uses retinol. A retinol serum reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Retinol helps you preserve your collagen, which deteriorates with age. It can help support new collagen production and gives your complexion an airbrushed, smooth look.
Although, you will need to ease into using a retinol serum. You should start with a small quantity for only a day or two and work your way up to more use. Additionally, if you are using a retinol serum, you must wear a high SPF sunscreen as your skin is more prone to sun damage at this time.
Morning Face Lotion
Once your skin has had a chance to soak in all of your serums, you’ll want to use a great basic morning face lotion to lock in all of the moisture. Try your best to stick with something composed of natural ingredients that uses no added scents.
Your morning face lotion and nighttime face lotion should be different as you will want a lighter weight lotion in the morning and a more heavy-duty, incredibly moisturizing lotion at night.
As we begin to age, sunscreen becomes our best friend. If you aren’t already, you need to be using sunscreen every morning. By using sunscreen daily, you are protecting your complexion from sun damage, which can speed up the process of visible aging.
You should be using a generous amount when using sunscreen. In the end, it will save you from freckles and sunspots. While these may remind you of your youth playing out in the sun in your backyard, they can make your skin appear leathery or damaged over time, which is not the look we are going for these days!
After a long day, it is important to unwind and take the time to show some love to your skin. Instead of using makeup wipes or a makeup remover solution and cotton pads, try using a makeup removing balm.
What is amazing about a makeup remover balm is that you rinse it right off after. No cotton pads or wipes are required. This means that it is extremely low maintenance but still gets the job done and leaves your skin glowing.
Another one of the best skincare products for 40-year-olds is an at-home microdermabrasion handset. What is amazing about microdermabrasion is that it suctions away dead skin cells and other impurities, which can clog your pores and lead to inflammation, spots, blackheads, and breakouts.
Microdermabrasion is a gentle way to exfoliate your skin with a diamond-encrusted tip. It leaves your skin feeling and looking amazing. With KENZZI, you can do microdermabrasion from the comfort of your own home, which we realize is crucial after a long, busy day.
Like many other best skincare products for 40-year-olds, microdermabrasion helps stimulate the skin, promote blood circulation, and accelerate skin tissue development and support your collagen production.
While this is not something you will do every day, sometimes it is nice to treat yourself to an at-home spa treatment. Doing a face mask does just this. Clay face masks can be a great option that removes dirt from pores, tightens your pores back up, and leaves your skin looking youthful.
The one catch to face masks is that you need to find one that is right for you. Another big thing to remember is to follow the instructions, don’t leave it on for too long, or else you can end up damaging your skin or reducing the results.
Nighttime Face Lotion
Finding a night cream can be difficult, but once you do, there is no turning back. This lotion should be a bit heavier than your daytime one. Even if it feels like a lot on your skin, your complexion will thank you in the morning.
Another great option for a nighttime face lotion is an overnight face mask. This will help you lock in all of the moisture your skin needs to feel fresh and youthful when you wake up.
A great lip balm can also be considered one of the best skincare products for 40-year-olds. Lip balm is a great thing to wear all day and something you should lather on before bed. When you wake up in the morning, your lips will feel well-rested and ready to take on any conversation you plan on having that day.
The one thing to watch out for when picking a lip balm is petrolatum. Many people don’t know that petroleum jelly can be less moisturizing and can result in skin congestion. While you may not feel the impacts immediately, it can clog your pores surrounding your lips and leave your skin looking dull.
While we can sit here and debate the order in which you implement these products into your routine, we don’t want to waste any time. Finding the best skincare products can be difficult, although with our help narrowing down the best products that work for you as you enter or exit your forties is a breeze.
Don’t spend too much time stressing the small things. Any added stress would contribute to your fine lines, and the stress isn’t worth it!