Skincare in Your 40’s


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by Rachel Ramirez Garcia

Once upon a time (your 20’s and 30’s), your skincare regimen was easy: wash with soap and water, use sunscreen and exfoliators occasionally and sometimes fall asleep with makeup on. Now that you’re in your 40’s, you’re in a unique position when it comes to skincare: you’re in-between repair and maintenance, and years of sun exposure, lack of sleep and poor diet are now visible. However, it’s never too late to turn back the clock (even if it is by a few years) and slow down the aging process.  Remember that skin is our body’s largest organ and our first line of defense against environmental aggressors, and not only is the face a focal point, so are our necks, décolleté and hands. In the first of a two-part series, learn how to take care of your “postcard to the world”, your face, with these regime and product recommendations.


    • Eye cream –the skin under the eyes is three times thinner than skin on the face, so never skip this product, especially when using a concealer. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream, 0.5 Ounce and Melibose hydrates the delicate eye area while gently resurfacing fine lines and uneven skin texture.

    • Serum – whether it’s an antioxidant cocktail or one targeted for a specific concern (dark spots, fine lines or large pores), always incorporate a serum twice a day, especially daytime, when skin is exposed to the sun and other environmental factors. Philosophy No Reason to Hide Multi-imperfection Transforming Serum is a multi-tasker that addresses pores, uneven tone and texture and fine lines using niacinamide (vitamin B) and stabilized vitamin C along with marine and botanical extracts.

    • Retinoid serum – in lieu of an exfoliating face wash, incorporate a retinoid to help speed up cell turnover and prevent dean skin cells from accumulating on the surface.  RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream, 1 Ounce is oil-free, non comedogenic and contains hyaluronic acid to help plump up fine lines.

Tips and Tricks

  • For a weekly exfoliator, use granulated white sugar! The same sugar used for baking and coffee exfoliates while drawing moisture to skin. Best of all, it’s inexpensive, easy to use, and for the eco-conscious, food grade and biodegradable. Use 1-2 times a week on clean, damp face and body for 2-3 minutes to reveal super-smooth skin. For those with sensitive or easily irritated skin, use brown sugar.
  • Looking for an inexpensive acne spot treatment? Take a tip from celebrity esthetician Kate Somerville: crush one aspirin and mix with water to form a paste. Use on areas with acne and let sit as a mask for 10 minutes before rinsing. Aspirin is a source of salicylic acid.
  • Remember to treat internally as well as externally: take a daily collagen supplement enhanced with vitamin C, since collagen gives skin its strength and support. Collagen loss begins at age 25 and our bodies stop making collagen in our early 40’s.

Rachel Ramirez Garcia has written for Modern Latina since 2006, in addition to Many of her articles reflect her interest and specialty in skin, beauty, and nutrition. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from San Jose State University.