The best skin care routine for your 40s

The best skin care routine for your 40s

When you hit your forties, your skin starts to change. Thanks to fluctuating hormones and all those years of baking in the sun, dark spots, deeper wrinkles and pigmentation begin cropping up, making you curse your younger, naive self.

Here at beautyheaven, we’re all for ageing gracefully, but we’re not against arming yourself with some tricks to keep your skin looking as youthful and healthy as possible. And maybe even slow down those inevitable signs of ageing…


No matter what your age, thoroughly cleansing your skin morning and night is essential. Not only does it rinse away dirt, oil and make-up, but it also makes way for the ingredients from your other skin care products (especially those anti-ageing wonders) to penetrate more deeply into your skin. In turn, you’ll get better results. If you’re forking out good money on anti-ageing products, you may as well give them their best chance of working, right?

bh loves: Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser (Normal to Dry), Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser


The eye area is where the first telltale signs of ageing appear. Crows feet, dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and sagging eyelids can start developing in your twenties and become more visible over time. When you reach the 4-0, it’s time to call in the big guns and invest in a targeted eye cream. Choose an eye cream that contains peptides – it’ll give the thin skin around the eyes a much-needed boost of collagen, plumping out lines and reducing the appearance of dark circles.

bh loves: Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream, Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Peptide Eye Cream


If you didn’t acquaint yourself with retinol in your thirties, get your hands on this super-powered anti-ageing ingredient now. Retinol works by increasing cell production in the top layer of the skin, which encourages collagen production and reduces pigmentation. Apply a retinol treatment at night after cleansing for smoother, firmer and plumper skin upon waking.

bh loves: Indeed Labs Retinol Reface, StriVectin Advanced Retinol Night Treatment


As you age, your skin becomes increasingly lacking in vital moisture, which leads to a parched complexion. When your skin is dehydrated, your skin cells lose their plumpness, resulting in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The solution? A rich, high-quality moisturiser to restore hydration and plump out thirsty skin. In the morning, choose a hydrating moisturiser that contains SPF sun protection, and at night, opt for an enriching night cream for optimum hydration.

bh loves: NIVEA Face Care Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream SPF 30+, Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Overnight Cream

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