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Many things change from the age of forty, and one of them is our skin, so we have to be smarter with the way we take care of it. The harsh reality is that from the age of thirty we begin to lose two of the components of a firm and smooth, radiant and moisturized skin: collagen and elastin. At forty, estrogen levels begin to decline and our skin becomes drier, it is difficult to retain moisture and we begin to appear blemishes and expression lines. This is a process that no longer stops, but can be slowed down by appropriate measures. Let us then redouble our efforts for a luminous, firm, youthful and radiant skin.
Make it a daily ritual: putting on a cream once in a while, using sunscreen when you remember, won't do you any good. This should be a ritual that you do at least twice, in the morning and at night, every day, without fail and without excuses.
Apply all products with a gentle massage: do not pull the skin or rub the creams. Apply the serum to the skin around the eyes with a light pat of the fingertips and allow it to absorb itself. On the face and neck, apply firming creams with gentle circular movements, always upwards to firm.
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Start with a morning cleanse: with a mild cleanser that doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils, to remove any dirt that may have accumulated overnight. Then apply a good moisturizer and your sunscreen.
The more sun protection you put on, the better: even if you spend most of your day indoors, put on your sunscreen. The rays of the sun are one of the most harmful agents for the skin, and they enter through the windows of your house or office, affecting you without you realizing it; I recommend using a dual sunscreen, which moisturizes at the same time, and has an SPF of at least 100.
At night, remove all makeup as part of the cleaning: you can use wet wipes to start with a complete make-up removal. There are specially designed products for optimal cleaning that moisturize rather than dry out. Try to use a good gel cleanser that contains one of your best allies to retain moisture on your skin, hyaluronic acid.
Don't forget face cream and eye serum before bedtime: Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, which is a powerful anti-aging agent because it works diligently while you sleep to repair your skin and wake you up rejuvenated. Use a night cream enriched with retinol, and gently massage your face and neck (never forget your neck!). Also use a special antioxidant eye serum, preferably with retinol oil.
ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH
Perform a microdermabrasion treatment: In your forties, abrasive, strong exfoliators can cause more dryness and sensitivity to the skin. Microdermabrasion is a light treatment that gently exfoliates the outermost layer of dry and dead skin with a spray of microcrystals, to open up new and radiant skin, and also stimulates natural collagen and elastin production and circulation.