Skincare Products and Routines That Really Work in Your 40s

White tray with herbal tea, book, Skin+Me doser and CurrentBody's Infra-Red Mask

I’m about to celebrate my 45th birthday, and honestly, it’s a bit scary. Questions like ‘Am I an actual grown-up now?’ and ‘Why haven’t I got my sh*t together yet?’ occupy my thoughts. But, existential questions aside, I’ve been paying close attention to my skin, in search of skincare products and routines that really work in your 40s. I’ve got skin-related issues that bother me: fine lines and pigmentation, a souvenir from my teenage years, spent in the Mediterranean sunshine with little or no sunscreen—it’s how we rolled back then. I’ve noticed a loss of firmness, an uneven texture, and a loss of glow. I’m grateful for every birthday but man, this side of it sucks! 

I’ve always been serious about skincare although I’m guilty of buying into hyped-up products and big beauty brands, not giving much thought to whether they actually work! However, since changing my approach in the last 3 months, I can report real, noticeable results that I’ll share with you.

LED Light Therapy

I was very lucky to be gifted a light therapy mask from CurrentBody. I bought one from a different brand about 4 years ago, and I have to say, the technology and wearability have really improved in that time. 

I wear it for 10 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week – it has a handy self-timer so you can take some time out while it does its thing. I’m impressed with how quickly it works, I saw results within just a few days. My skin looks glowy and plumper and I’ve reached the point where I panic a little bit if I skip a day. It ain’t cheap but in my humble opinion, it’s worth it. 

Personalised Skincare with Skin+Me

Before diving into this section I want to make it clear that this is not an ad. I bought Skin+Me the first time when my teenage daughter was having acne breakouts and I knew that something off the shelf wasn’t going to cut it. We tried it for a few months, and her personalised formula helped, but you have to be consistent with a skincare program, and at 14, she wasn’t, so we cancelled the subscription. Fast forward to this year, and I knew I didn’t want to do what I always do: fall for the marketing and feel disappointed when I got to the bottom of the pot. I had a hunch that something more specialised was right for me, but I didn’t have the budget to visit a dermatologist or, frankly, the inclination to find one, so I turned to Skin+Me again.

This is how it works: you fill out a questionnaire and send photographs of your face, then a dermatologist assesses your needs and issues a personalised prescription in a daily doser that is shipped to you every month. Simple. I’m in my third month now and I have also bought the Vitamin C serum recommended for my skin. I’m happy with the results so far. The prescription changes slightly every month. In my case, I get an increased percentage of retinol, and honestly, my skin texture is already better, and it feel so soft! At £24.99 a month, it’s affordable, although I’m aware that affordability is very personal and subjective.

Go Outdoors, Wear SPF

Since the mornings started to get lighter again, I’ve been making an effort to go for a walk with my cavapoo, Teddy. I started doing this because I share dog walking commitments with my other half and a dog walker, so sometimes I don’t leave the house at all! It’s not good for you, is it? So, most mornings, you’ll find me with SPF 50 on my face, listening to a good podcast, and getting some much-needed fresh air and exercise.

I like to think of this as the year I got serious about SPF. I conveniently forget to apply SPF during the winter months or don’t worry too much about it because my moisturiser or makeup says it contains SPF3o but I can’t keep burying my head in the sand, if I want better skin I need to protect it. God knows I took liberties with it when I was young! The morning walks give my skin a flushed rosy tint, it feels oxygenated, at least that’s what I tell myself and it’s good for my mental health because otherwise, the temptation to dive straight into work from the moment I open my eyes is overwhelming. It means I start the day on the right foot, and if you’re happy, aren’t you more beautiful anyway?

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Eat Well, Ditch the Booze

Two things have happened within the last year: 1. I tried ZOE, and 2. I got tired of my relationship with alcohol. I’ve got a lot to say about ZOE and whether it’s worth spending money on (it’s probably not), but I think it needs its own post. However, it made me a lot more mindful of the amount of fiber and fruit and veg in my (news flash: not enough), so I really make sure that I fill all my meals with a lot more veg than I used to. As for alcohol, it’s a tricky one. I took January off and had a slippery February because life happens, and now I’m back trying to restore the balance. A bit like my morning walks, I can’t say they have made all the difference because I don’t believe exercise and a good diet alone can restore tone to my skin or smooth out the texture, but it certainly helps with the glow and, of course, long-term overall health. It’s all part of the puzzle.”

Accepting change

As I navigate my 40s, I’m reminded that skincare is not just about beauty products and treatments. Younger me thought everything could be fixed with creams and treatments, but they’ll only take you so far. The older I get, I realise that it starts with healthy habits that benefit our minds as well as our bodies, and that my beloved products and beauty routines simply complement those habits. I’m also learning to love the changes as I age. It’s not easy, but I’m working on it!






All opinions are my own and based on personal experience. This post contains affiliate links.

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