Turning 40 - Skin, Hair and Makeup Advice

Wendy Lewis

by Wendy Lewis | August 16, 2010 @ 03:00PM

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First, educate yourself about the top anti-aging ingredients on the market and how they can benefit you. Retinoic acid, Vitamin C, and Glycolic acids are considered the mainstay of any anti-aging regimen, and the basis from where to begin. If you are not already using two out of three on a daily basis, what are you waiting for! There's no time like the present to get started. At 40, you have entered the zone of 'skin maintenance.' Your mission is to undo some of the damage you did in your 20s and 30s when you thought your skin would look young forever, and keep your skin in shape for the duration. According to 'The Wrinkle Report III' prepared by Ortho Pharmaceuticals, the dermatologists surveyed cite the median age for women to start thinking about skin aging is 35 (44 for men). The earlier you start to really pay attention to your skin and care for it, the better off you are. Force yourself to use at least one 'active' product that gives you the benefits of today's advanced technologies. The key to defining 'active' is a product that contains an ingredient in a concentration strong enough and delivers that ingredient effectively into the skin to produce visible changes in texture and quality; i.e., a product that works beneath the skin's surface. The active ingredient should appear in the first 3-5 ingredients on the list. For me, it's Renova®. Although extensive controlled data is only available on retinoic acid for treating and preventing photoaging, this may not be the ideal choice for you. You may do better with one of the many great retinols, AHA's or C serums on the market. To simplify the process of trial and error, test the product before you buy whenever possible. No matter how ingredient-infused the anti-aging formula is, if you don't like the way it feels, smells and wears, you aren't going to use it for long.

With So Many Products, How Do You Know What To Choose?

If you're not a true beauty junkie like I am, get professional help. Seek the advice of a cosmetic dermatologist or an aesthetician you trust who can point you in the right direction. Just because your girlfriend's skin looks great, does not necessarily mean you should use the same products. Everyone's skin responds differently and has different needs. Department stores make good skin look and feel better, but they are not the place to go if you have acne, rosacea, or mottled hyperpigmentation. These common chronic and very treatable skin conditions require drugs and intervention. Facial treatments with extractions and gommage when needed should be done every four to six weeks on normal skin, three to four weeks for problem skin and acute acne. For blackheads, we do deep cleansing and use a comedone extractor. All the pore strips at Rite Aid won't get the dirt and grime out like a professional. Good cleansing and exfoliation is an essential part of any de-aging program.

Don't stop at the skin. Hair and makeup past 40 should follow suit. Keep makeup lighter, sheerer, but more defined. Try a water-based foundation or moisturizing formula and blend with a sponge. Concealer should only be used in the inner corners under eyes. Apply powder sparingly with a brush after foundation. Eyebrows need definition and eyes should be lined. Stick to matte eyeshadows and only apply a shimmer shadow to browbone and the center of the lid. Neutral shades are fine as long as there is one item with a hint of brightness; i.e., a lipstick, a lipgloss, a brighter blush to highlight cheekbones or dust over eye makeup.

Nothing ages women faster than gray hairs or streaks. The first goal is to cover the gray. You don't have to go lighter - the cut and length are what's important. Dark hair color can be more natural looking today. Across the board, hair color is now actually beneficial to the hair. It plumps up the cuticle, re-texturizes, adds body, fullness and shine. If you go short, leave some hair around the ears and onto the neck. Maximum length for women over 40 should be like Elizabeth Hurley – swingy, above the shoulder, with nothing hanging down. 40 is young, but it is not like being a teenager. There is absolutely no difference today between 40 and 50. Past forty, a woman should not behave too young or too old, or appear that she is trying too hard.

This article provided by www.HealthNewsDigest.com 

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