Last week we discussed how to prevent aging in your twenties and thirties. This time we are going to move on to prevention for your forties and fifties. This is the time when your skin will show permanent changes that you did not experience when you were younger. Follow these tips and tricks to age gracefully!

40’s. When you start to hit your forties, the wrinkles (laugh lines, plus the lines on your forehead) won’t disappear like they did when you were in your twenties or thirties. When women start reaching your forties, your body does not produce as much estrogen as it did when you were younger, and this causes skin to become dryer and less elastic. For men and women, there is the loss of much-needed collagen in your skin. Click here to read about how Sculptra helps to rebuild your skin’s collagen and increase facial volume.

When you wash you face, you want to use a cleanser that does not dry out your skin. The Vivité Daily Cleanser not only cleanses and exfoliates but also “applies anti-irritant and humectants for fresh, moist skin”. It is also gentle enough to use daily and in combination with your retinols. If you haven’t incorporated retinols into your skin care routine, you should definitely start now. Retinols help to improve your skin texture, and fight fine lines and wrinkles.

50’s. You definitely want to increase your moisturizing in your 50s. If you have yet to switch over to a medical grade moisturizer, you should definitely by your fifth and sixth decades. Medical grade skin care products work better than over the counter products. The loss of skin tone and sagging skin from decreased facial volume are major concerns. Botox and facial fillers may not be enough to address your cosmetic concerns, so you may want to start looking into more permanent surgical fixes.

And for people of all ages, one of the most important preventative actions that you can take is to always wear sunscreen. The damage that the sun does to you skin, can instantly add years to your face.

Once again, remember that these are probably the most basic and general things that you should be doing. For a more in-depth discussion about what you need individually, you can schedule a consult at the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.