The Best Anti-Ageing Skincare for your 40s

The Best Anti-Ageing Skincare for your 40s

Your 40s are the moment when you tend to see signs of deeper wrinkles and lines, pigmentation can arise and  skin can be drier. I’m going to be talking about the specific needs of your skin in your 40s and the anti-ageing skincare that can support it.

How Skin Ages in your 40s

In your 40s, the impact of your earlier lifestyle can begin to show in the skin as your skin naturally starts to slow down its processes. It is also when hormonal changes around the menopause can begin to have their impact on your skin.

This means your skin in its 40s has very specific needs if it is to look its best. One of the major steps here is to invest in products that not only slow down the aging process but also help to reverse some of the main signs of aging.

I’m going to explain some of the most common skin concerns and give some of my best recommendations for keeping your skin looking fresh and radiant in your 40s.

Lines and Wrinkles

Lines and wrinkles develop as a result of Collagen and Elastin breaking down, leaving skin less plump and taut. Most women will see these first signs of aging around their eyes, because your eye contour tends to be thinner and therefore more vulnerable to ageing. Laughter lines around the lips and nose are also common.

One of the best ways to help minimise any lines is by using Vitamin A or Retinol based products. These not only help with slowing down the ageing process but also help to build up Collagen to keep your skin plumper. Look for products containing Retinol like the Vichy Liftactiv Advanced Filler, which can be used to target specific lines and concern areas.

Another great way to achieve a more youthful and fresh complexion is by getting a chemical peel, which removes the outer most layer of your skin. Make sure you get this done by a certified dermatologist to be safe and get the best results.


Most women will notice a change in their skin texture and type by the time they are 40. This is because our skin tends to slow down its cell renewal process so dead skin cells stay on the surface of the skin for longer. Your skin also starts to feel drier as most women will lose oil glands over time too.

It is vital that you use a good moisturiser day and night and I would also recommend that you invest in hydrating serums; these allow your skin to absorb as much nourishment as possible, while keeping the skin barrier intact to reduce water loss. Look for products which are based on Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerine, Shea Butter and other natural oils.

It is also recommended that you use light exfoliation throughout the week to help remove any build-up of dead skin cells. Products containing AHAs such as Glycolic and Lactic Acid are great for this as well as using physical exfoliants like a scrub.

Discolouration and Pigmentation

Discolouration is one of the most obvious aspects of ageing, leaving skin looking uneven. Pigmentation is usually a result of sun damage in earlier years, where deep damage starts becoming visible as you get older. It shows as darker patches and marks often known as age spots or liver spots.

Make sure you use a powerful SPF every day to avoid the worsening or development of new age spots. To help fade and reduce the appearance of any existing dark patches, you should also look into using products containing ingredients like Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Vitamin C and Azelaic Acid. These are all great for helping to improve hyperpigmentation and age spots.

Colour correcting and pigmented foundation can also help to counteract dark patches and brighten your complexion on a day-to-day basis. The Stila correct palette is a great example; green can help counteract redness, whilst reds and oranges help to reduce darkness and shadows under your eyes and around lips.



Resident Pharmacist

With a Masters in Pharmacy, I am here to explain the science behind the beauty. I offer expert advice on ingredients, the latest Skincare trends, lifestyle choices and any skin concerns you may have. I enjoy travelling and taking part in running events like Tough Mudder and the Colour Run. Currently loving: La Roche Posay Eau Thermal