Skin Care After 40

Start a good skin care routine after 40

If you haven’t been taking great care of your skin so far, there is still time to make a difference. Skin care after 40 is all about getting into a great morning and afternoon skincare routine with fantastic products that do what they promise to do. While we cannot erase every sign of age, having healthy skin goes a long way to brightening up your image.

If you are not sure where to begin, we can suggest these great products are perfect for good skin care after 40. They are highly recommended for not drying out or irritating your skin. We have picked products that offer the best boost of health and add to your skins natural protective layer to avoid further damage.

skin care after 40


After 40 it is important that a cleanser does not dry out your skin or add any irritants. Regular irritation will add to the fine lines and uneven skin tone. A good cleanser should not make your skin feel tight. It should gently remove excess oil and makeup without stripping the skin. Use a little water to rub the gel into your skin. Rinse clean with warm water. Use morning and evening.

We recommend:

Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel

This is a gentle cleansing gel that is suitable for all skin types. It has no irritating ingredients and will leave your skin feeling smooth and silky.


A toner’s job is to soften your skin after cleaning. It should calm the skin and remove any residue from the cleanser. It should not irritate or feel tight. You should use this product after washing your face both morning and evening.

We recommend:

MAC Lightful C + Coral Grass Softening Lotion Spray

Excellent toner for all skin types. This formula contains an impressive mix of antioxidants, repairing ingredients, and soothing agents. It will help reduce redness and improve your skin’s protective barrier.

Eye Makeup Remover

When we miss small bits of eye make-up we risk irritating our eyes as we sleep. After 40 we don’t want anything adding to the appearance of tiredness or age! A good eye makeup remover should be gentle and effective. Use in the evening to remove your makeup from the day.

We recommend:

Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, Clear

This is a fragrance-free product that is gentle on the eye area, but super effective at removing all residue of eye makeup.

AHA exfoliant

An AHA exfoliant gently removes dead skin and sun damage to reveal fresh new skin. Regular use will result in smoother and more even skin tone.

We recommend:

Derma E Evenly Radiant Overnight Peel With Alpha Hydroxy Acids 

A really well-formulated AHA lotion, with a gentle lemon extract. It is perfect for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin.

BHA Exfoliants

A BHA exfoliant will help reduce redness and exfoliate the pore lining to avoid the clogging that causes pimples and blackheads. BHA also stimulates collagen production and will give you smoother, younger-looking skin.

We recommend:

Paula’s Choice Skin perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

This fantastic product works to gently remedy breakouts, dislodge blackheads and smooth the surface of the skin. It can also help calm skin irritations and stubborn acne.


Serums are filled with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients. Used twice daily, they can make a major difference in the appearance of your skin.

We recommend:

Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Serum with Vitamin C

This serum supplies the skin with a boost of stabilized vitamin C. It will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth while protecting against wrinkles and brown spots.

Night Creams

In the evening, allow your serum to soak fully into your skin before adding a night cream. A good night cream will ensure your skin is hydrated and fresh in the morning. The best kind of night creams have a mix of antioxidants that are skin-repairing.

We recommend:

Olay Professional ProX Wrinkle Smoothing Cream Anti Aging 

A silky thin lotion packed with vitamin A for anti-aging.

Allies of Skin Retinal & Peptides Repair Night Cream

This fantastic formula brightens, moisturizes, reduces signs of premature ageing.

Daytime Moisturizers

It is essential to shield your skin against the sun every day. Sun damage is what causes many wrinkles, rough textures and age spots on our skin. Using a good moisturizer with SPF daily will help with this.

We Recommend:

Clinique Super City Block, Oil-Free Daily Face and Skin Protector and Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 40 UVA/UVB 

This lightweight moisturizing base is perfect for normal to dry or sensitive skin. It includes antioxidants and a good sun protection level.

Facial Masks

A weekly facial mask is a great way to give your skin an extra boost. More than the benefits for your skin, a mask is a chance to relax for a few minutes and pamper ourselves.

We recommend:

Paula’s Choice SKIN RECOVERY Hydrating Treatment Facial Mask

Prevents dry skin by adding a boost of moisture and restores the healthy natural barrier of your skin. Leave it on overnight for extra moisturizing.

PSA Lighten UP Flash Brightening Mask

One of our favorite products for brightening, reducing dullness, and replenishing moisture.

Skin-Lightening Cream

Using a skin lightening cream is a great way to reduce the appearance of age spots, and discoloration. It can take around 6-8 weeks to see results, but continued use will even out your skin tone and leave it more radiant. It is important to use a well-recommended brand, as there are a lot of nasty products promising to lighten your skin out there.

We recommend:

skin care after 40 dark spot remover

EnaSkin Dark Spot Corrector Remover for Face and Body

This is one of the most popular and effective products on the market. You will notice a difference in skin tone within a few weeks.

Oil-Absorbing Products

If you have a problem with shiny skin or excess oil, using an oil-absorbing product will help maintain a matte, refined complexion.

We recommend:

Neutrogena Shine Control Matte Booster Face Primer

Provides a neutral, matt base for makeup.


Keeping your lips smooth and flake-free is important in our 40s and beyond. It is important to use a product that is gentle and does not contain irritants such as camphor, menthol or fragrance oils.

We recommend:

skin care after 40 lip treatment

Neutrogena Revitalizing and Moisturizing Tinted Lip Balm with Sun Protective Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Delivers lots of moisture with a pop of color. The SPF 20 provides another layer of sun protection.

Eye Cream

Eye cream is formulated for the sensitive skin around our eyes. It is always this skin that shows the first signs of aging and skin damage. With a good eye cream, you can keep this area of your face fresh and hydrated, and protected from sun damage.

We Recommend:

skin care after 40 eye cream

Allies of Skin Peptides and Omegas Firming Eye Cream

With 4 Peptides, Omegas Complex, 1% Bakuchiol, Vitamin C, and Ceramide, this wonder product brightens + depuffs the undereye area while firming and nourishing. We love it!

Last Words On Routine

The most important thing about a skin care routine, is the routine part. It is important as we age to get into good habits of cleaning and caring for our skin. It is the actions we take today that will have the biggest impact in our future.

Wishing you all happy routines!

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