Sunscreen

After many, many years of discussion as to how the sun damages skin, this should be a no-brainer for absolutely everyone. Kelly’s go-to for the 40ish crowd is EltaMD® Skincare’s SPF 44 facial sunscreen (although any Elta sunscreen is a priority for anyone). The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends oil-free and is water resistant. The UV Replenishment infuses the skin with hyaluronic acid, which allows the skin to retain 1,000 times its weight in water within the skin cells. All skin types can use this daily and it is especially suited for active wear, making your sunscreen skincare.

Eyecare

Our choice is a product that is eye candy for your eyes. A line-smoothing eye cream uses growth factors to target the delicate skin around the eye. While eye cream is a must from your twenties, Neocutis® Lumière is a phenomenal choice, as it reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, puffiness, under-eye darkness, fine lines and wrinkles during your 40’s and beyond!

Next up is a Retinol Choice

Many skincare products contain retinol as an active ingredient in different concentration levels. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and is suitable for those with sensitive skin. For our 40-somethings with sensitive skin Kelly is recommending the Avène® RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream. Clinically shown to reduce signs of aging, this product also brightens skin. With patented ingredients to rejuvenate and plump the skin this product has been clinically shown to reduce crow’s feet in a study of women whose ages averaged 47 years!! Now, if your skin isn’t sensitive, the Retinol product we feel would be a great choice is Obagi® Tretinoin, which is a retinoid but unlike Retinol, Tretinoin is a more concentrated version of pure retinoic acid. This makes it extremely effective for acne-prone users, which yes, still does occur in your 40’s for our younger readers. Obagi’s product will lead to some reddening, itching or peeling in more sensitive skin types but for non-sensitive users will provide results in a more immediate way. Of course it is recommended with any retinol products, they be done at night with no sun exposure.

Moisturizing/Hydrating

While all our fabulous product lines have products that are wonderful for moisturizing and hydrating, we are looking at two in particular for our 40-something friends. Revision Skincare® Vitamin C Lotion 30% and Alastin Skincare® Restorative Skin Complex. The Revision Vitamin C is a time-released formula and one of the most potent Vitamin C products available. It moisturizes and conditions the skin with a full line of antioxidants and benefits all skin types! Alastin’s Restorative Complex made with TriHex Technology can be used daily to strengthen skin and combat signs of aging. It does this by clearing out damaged elastin and collagen and supporting the production of new while improving elasticity. Look for all our products during your next visit or look for our online store coming soon!!!

– Nanci and Kelly