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From Forty to fifty years

Within the past 10 years, skin care for the over-40 age group has become excellent at forestalling the ravages of time. Your skin can look terrific, thanks to cosmeceuticals and a wide variety of minor medical skin procedures.

Great skin in this decade has minimal sun damage and few expression lines, although you can expect to have some lines around your eyes. The skin can still appear dewy, moist, and radiant. Oily-type skin generally has an easier time of this, as the skin produces more natural oil, but with proper moisturizing and a healthy lifestyle, any skin type can look ideal. Great skin continues to exude vitality and has an even pigmentation.

Many men may have a new skin care concern in their 40s-a receding hairline. Care for the balding areas around your face just as you care for the rest of your facial skin. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day. Apply sunscreen faithfully every day. Yes, you should even exfoliate the balding areas.

Any serious health challenges, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or autoimmune disorders affect the health of your skin. The skin may become more sensitive and inflamed and could be red or flushed most of the time. The skin condition rosacea could begin in this decade.

For women, the 40s usually signal the start of perimenopause. At this time, skin oil production slows, leaving skin drier, and skin may start to become thinner and more translucent.

Continue your daily skin care ritual, taking into consideration that you may need to switch products or skin care lines as your skin becomes drier and more sensitive. Start doing chemical peels once a month to encourage more rapid skin cell turnover. Exfoliate at home two to three times a week with AHAs, scrubs, or enzymes. Use cosmeceuticals, vitamin C, and alpha lipoic acid to help reverse the visible signs of aging.

Consider asking your dermatologist for a prescription for Retin-A or Renova to assist your skin with rejuvenation. These vitamin A-derivative products help to rebuild collagen. Use sunscreen or sunblock daily and avoid sun exposure. Check yourself for skin cancers regularly and have your dermatologist or medical doctor check as well. Refer to feeding your skin sun damage skin on sun damaged to learn how to check for skin changes that could indicate cancers.

You may want to consider such medical pro cedures as Botox or collagen injections to improve your appearance and to temporarily melt away lines and wrinkles. Laser resurfacing can destroy deep brown pigmentation and enlarged or broken capillarie.

If you haven't already, become more conscientious about your eating and exercise habits. Get plenty of aerobic exercise and strength training to boost your metabolism. Eat more foods that contain phytoestrogens. See Feeding your skin 21 for a   list of foods containing phytoestrogens.

Clarifying Words

Enzymes are food products or supplements that aid in digestion. Papaya contains the enzyme papain, and pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. Both are commonly used as aids to the stomach to enhance digestion. These same enzymes when used on the face “digest” or break down dead skin cells and other cellular waste. They clear out the gunk and leave a brightened complexion.

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