Taking care of our skin as we make our way into our confident forties

Linda English, the Beauty Spot
As we women enter our forties, life is usually good. Gone are the days of doubt and insecurities and in their place are confidence and an air of knowing where you are going.

As we women enter our forties, life is usually good. Gone are the days of doubt and insecurities and in their place are confidence and an air of knowing where you are going.

You are ready and able to take on any challenges life throws at you. Unfortunately one of the not so nice side effects of growing up is ageing skin. Time takes its toll and as we enter the next decade concerns such as wrinkles, dryness, loss of radiance, age and sun spots are just some of the issues we have to deal with.

As our skin changes with age so does its requirements. What we faced in our twenties and the products we used must be changed to deal with a new set of issues. Now we have to take steps to repair damage rather than prevent it. If care has been taken up til now and a correct cleansing and moisturising routine was implemented young, it will show on your skin.

Why do these changes 
happen to our skin?

The answer is declining Oestrogen in the body which leads to thinning skin, wrinkles and changes in lipid levels. It is also the time when damage from sun exposure starts to show as pigmentation and texture changes. The muscles also weaken which results in bags under the eyes and 
eyebrows may sag also.

So what can we do to erase these signs of 
ageing?

We can no longer rely on the hydrating relaxing treatments of our twenties and thirties anymore. Something more substantial is called for to get to the areas that really need the help. Products with highly active ingredients such as vitamins A, C, E and B and peptides and fatty acids are essential and when they are combined with hyaluronic acid, dramatic results can be seen. There are lots of products out there for ageing skin. These products are specifically designed for over 40s skin and will get to the areas that most need the help.

Products available at the moment are the new Olay Total effects CC cream. This cream gives instant coverage, 24hr hydration and is perfect for skin in its 40s. Another product is L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renew skin care range which gives a lovely fresh feel and look to your skin. These products are available in most stores and are reasonably priced.

There is no quick fix. Healthy, radiant skin comes from a consistent programme of skin care and healthy lifestyle choices as well. It is never too late to start but the younger you start looking after your skin the easier it will be to keep it looking fresh and young. No matter how hard we try we cannot stop the ageing process but we can slow it down and look good trying.

Linda is the owner of The Beauty Spot salons in Clogheen and Kilcoran. Book in and receive expert advice and treatments from the staff in salon. Ring 052 7465731/087 6189751 to make your appointment.