We all know that our skin changes as we get older, and we know how the signs look like, but these changes are not always easy to accept, especially when they become more pronounced in our 40s. In fact, the rate at which signs appear once we hit the 40s is shocking – many women don’t realize that they can age so much in a year.
As these inconvenient details make themselves known, a woman knows she has 2 options: firstly, accept that this is part of life and embrace the wrinkles. Or, treat the issues actively. In the past, people were more passive, because to look younger involved something surgical usually, and in the 40s, the signs might not warrant something drastic such as a surgical facelift. Today, skin rejuvenation treatments range from non-invasive skin tightening devices, to anti-aging skin lasers and injectables, such as Botox, fillers and the minimally invasive facial threadlift.
Here are some secrets on how a woman can waltz into her 40s gracefully, looking better as you age.
1. KEEP YOUR SKIN PORCELAIN CLEAR AND RADIANT
Thought the 40s were about saying sweet goodbye to estrogen? Unfortunately, this period of hormonal change can lead to changes in your skin. Some women experience more pigmentation on their face called melasma, which is caused by a combination of hormonal changes and sun exposure. Slower skin cell turnover leads to a dull and lackluster complexion, and this in turn causes wrinkles and pigments to become even more prominent. Try the Lustrous Skin Program, which stars the Fraxel Light treatment, a microresurfacing laser peel that gently scrubs away pigmentation and dull skin.
2. FIGHT GRAVITY
Loss of collagen and loss of facial fat can cause the skin to droop, revealing all the years that we’ve lived. These signs are usually most obvious in the cheeks and along the jawline. This is the decade to really start skin tightening treatments, if you haven’t already done it. Ultherapy uses microfocused ultrasound to induce a productive wound healing response which will give skin a much-needed collagen boost over the next 3 to 6 months, with results lasting approximately 12 months. Read about the Trinity Facelift here.
Volume loss in the face makes sagging skin and wrinkles more prominent. Try the Volume High Definition Lift, a technique of placing hyaluronic acid fillers in the midface to restore the youthful, lifted contour and soften deep nasolabial folds.
3. BE CAREFUL OF DEVELOPING WRINKLES
In your 40s, wrinkles might start to look a little deeper with expression. These are ‘motor’ or ‘expression’ wrinkles which are only obvious when the involved muscles are activated. If you are not careful, these expression wrinkles may quickly evolve into a full static wrinkle, a crease on the skin, which can be seen even without using the muscles. Try a little preventive Botox, to soften the wrinkles and prevent the wrinkles from becoming deep, imprinted lines.