We all try to do our best in taking care of our skin, but let’s face it: we all make some mistakes when it comes to skincare. Your skin is not the same throughout your life, and it’s important to switch up your skincare routine to suit the phase of life you’re in. But how do you do that, especially as you start to worry about signs of aging? If you’re in your 40s, here are some common skin mistakes you may be making (don’t worry—you can fix them!)
Letting Your Skin Dry Out
Dry skin is something you’ll battle in your 40s, as hormones prompt changes in your skin quality and make it more difficult for your skin to hold onto moisture. You’ll need to ensure you’re moisturizing with a high-quality product that won’t clog your pores but will deliver lasting moisture. Bonus? Keeping your skin moisturized makes wrinkles less obvious.
Not Using the Right Products
The skincare aisle can be a confusing place, and it’s not always easy to know which products are optimized for your skin’s needs. Fortunately, you’ve got resources—there are many lists online that rank popular products that can help guide you in the right direction, with just a little digging. A dermatologist is also a great resource for choosing your products.
Using Too Many Products
This one may surprise you, but there is such a thing as too many great products. Using anything that looks good on the shelf may confuse your skin and give you no real benefit. Stick to a few powerful products, and your skin will be much better off.
Slacking off on Sun Protection
Let’s face it: using sunscreen is a lifetime commitment. It’s best to just resign yourself to the fact that the sun does a lot of damage, and you need to be diligent about sun protection to keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy. How does the sun damage your skin? Let’s count the ways:
- Accelerates wrinkling and sagging skin
- Causes brown spots
- Increases your risk for skin cancer
- Makes skin dull and aged
Sunscreen may be annoying, but it’s not annoying enough to risk all of that!
Not Considering Professional Treatments
Skin ages—it just does, and regardless of the care you put into your skin, you can’t keep signs of aging at bay on your own forever. If you’ve never considered a skin rejuvenation procedure with a dermatologist, then you’re missing out. There are so many great options for getting more youthful, beautiful skin, and most of them don’t even involve downtime? You might consider treatments like:
- Botox® or fillers
- Chemical peels or microdermabrasion
- Sublime™ laser
- Laser resurfacing
Not sure where to start? That’s where a knowledgeable dermatologist comes in.
A Dermatologist: Your New Best Friend
Once you’ve started noticing those little signs of aging, they’re not going to go away on their own. It is possible to have great skin in your 40s—but you’ll probably need a little help to get admiring looks for your youthful complexion. A talented cosmetic dermatologist can be your ally in your efforts to look younger, recommending products and skincare routines, and providing powerful treatments when necessary.
Looking for a great dermatologist in the Miami area? Dr. Diane Walder is a nationally-acclaimed, board certified cosmetic dermatologist, dedicated to helping patients unlock their skin’s potential. If you’d like to meet with Dr. Walder and her colleagues to discuss your concerns, call 305-866-2177 today to schedule your appointment.