So you guys know I’m in my 40s, right? I won’t share how far along into my fourth decade I am, but let’s just say far enough to know that the days of falling asleep with my makeup on and still waking up with perfect skin in the morning are VERY far behind me. Now, I’m hoping that y’all read my last post about how to care for your skin in your 30s, and I even heard from some of you about how you’d like some tips on caring for “older” skin. Suffice it to say, 40 is NOT the new 20 when it comes to taking care of your beautiful faces.
Forty is the age I was when I started noticing that the texture of my skin was changing, seemingly right before my eyes. Some parts of my face seemed thicker or something, with larger pores, while other parts seemed to get that crepe-like appearance and the skin was very thin. And as if that weren’t bad enough, I started noticing the dreaded age spots. I find those suckers everywhere, both on my face and on my hands and they totally make me think of my grandma, who I loved dearly but don’t want to emulate when it comes to age-spotted hands. And the worst of the bunch, you guys? Adult acne, (Thanks for nothing, hormones! Am I right, ladies?). I thought I’d left that behind in high school, but I guess Mother Nature had some other plans. So what’s an (almost) middle-aged girl to do? Here are some things that can help.
This is just what happens when we age, you guys. The outer layer of your skin starts to dry and thicken, while the middle layer, (which is where the firmness and strength come from), starts to thin and weaken. This process can’t be stopped, (believe me, I’ve tried), but there are things we can do to try and lessen the appearance of uneven texture and fine lines and even deep wrinkles. The biggest thing, y’all, is moisture. And I mean from the inside out. Drink your 8 (or more) glasses of water every single day. Yes, I know it makes you have to pee every five minutes, and I also know you’d rather have a diet coke or a gallon of coffee, trust me, I know. But I have never done anything better to fight the signs of aging on my face than drink a ton of water every single day.
So that’s the inside, now what about the outside? Your face needs to be hydrated. I think there’s a myth out there in the world, that we HAVE to use harsh “wrinkle-fighters”, filled with chemicals to keep us looking like 20-year-olds. I just don’t think that’s true. Choose a product that is as natural as possible, that sinks into your skin easily, and that contains butters and/or oils that are naturally emollient. Stay away from petroleum or alcohol based products. And I shouldn’t have to say it again, but just in case you missed it before, USE SUNSCREEN EVERY SINGLE DAY. Yes, even if you are just walking out to the mailbox. Every day.
Y’all, remember when we were 16 and thought that the best part of summer was spraying some Sun-In on our hair and laying out in the sun all day, snacking on Doritos and gossiping? God, those were days! Except now we all have sun damage and that is one of the main causes of age spots as we get older. Our skin is less resilient, and that damage really starts to show up once we hit the big 4-0. So what can be done? Retinol products are certainly an option and something that is recommended left and right. But, as you guys know, I like using more natural products. So, for me, Vitamin C Serum has been an absolute miracle. Vitamin C can help increase collagen production, brighten the skin and it helps the skin to repair itself. I love it and will make it part of my everyday skin care routine forever! My favorite is Eminence Citrus and Kale Potent C&E Serum. This is a really fresh, natural product that has done wonders for my aging skin. In addition to helping to fade my age spots, I had a small burn scar on my face that is now completely gone!
In the last year or so, my poor face has started breaking out in my chin area. And when I say “breaking out”, what I really mean is “blowing up with giant, terrible zits that make me feel like I’m 13 again”. It’s the worst. It’s because I’m old, you guys. And because menopause is looming, and when that happens we have incredible hormone fluctuations that can really wreck havoc on our skin. Just like when we were teenagers. But, unlike my thirteen-year-old self, I am not inclined to slather my face with Clearasil and then spackle over that with makeup. Instead, I’ve adopted the Oil Cleansing Method, (OCM), and that has really made a huge difference for me. I know that you’re probably thinking I’m crazy. Why would I rub oil all over my zits? Won’t that make it worse? Actually, the opposite is true. When you have a breakout and then try to treat the breakout with something meant to dry the oil up, your skin freaks out and produces a billion times more oil trying to compensate, and then you have more explosive breakouts. If you’d like a more in-depth explanation, you can find it here. But if your chin is leading a revolt against your whole face like mine is, I think you should give it a try.
We can’t stop aging, and why would we want to, really? I mean, I’m a whole lot smarter than I was at 20, and I wouldn’t go back if you paid me. But we can do lots of little things to help minimize the impact aging has on our skin so that we can feel as lovely on the outside as we do on the inside.
Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
Here’s to being enchanting, y’all!