If you’ve crossed 40, you might be noticing how your skin is changing.

Like many other parts of your body, your skin starts to feel the effects of aging as you cross the 40 mark. However, like many other things, nature has some very effective hacks that you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle to keep that skin healthy and glowing.

Take Time Out for Vitamin A Repair

Vitamin A for Skin

As you age, your skin loses its resiliency as a result of exposure to the sun over time. V

The uppermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis thickens with years of sun exposure. On the contrary the subdermal layers of the skin thin out as the cells weaken with time. Being a fat-soluble, Vitamin A is able to bypass the epidermis layer of the skin and ingest itself right into the subdermal tissues. It is here that the vitamin has its healing effect by rebuilding the effected cells to strengthen the skin’s support structure. Furthermore, Vitamin A also helps deliver natural exfoliation for your skin and sloughs off the dead cells to make way for fresh, new ones.

Where to get it: Vitamin A, sold over-the-counter is an effective solution to repair such sun damage.

Best Natural Sources for Vitamin A: 

  • Sweet Potato (cooked)
  • Carrots (cooked)
  • Dark Leafy Greens (kale, cooked)
  • Squash (Butternut, cooked)
  • Cos or Romaine Lettuce
  • Dried Apricots
  • Cantaloupe Melon
  • Sweet Red Peppers
  • Tuna Fish (cooked)
  • Tropical Fruit (mango)

Make Water your Best Friend

Drink water for healthy skin

Everyone knows the importance of keeping the body well hydrated. But as you cross 40 your skin really starts to dry out and needs a little more hydration than normal. Drinking up to 8 ounces of water a day will help you to replenish some of that lost natural moisture of your skin. A well hydrated body leads to brighter and suppler skin. You can further improve the effects of hydration on your body by cutting down your soda and caffeine intake while you increase your water intake.

Tip: Instead of trying to drink large amounts of water in one go, keep a bottle with you and sip frequently throughout the day.

Load up on Vitamin C

Vitamin C for Skin

Vitamin C helps the body keep your immune system strong. However, this essential water soluble vitamin is not produced by the human body and as such, we rely on external sources to get the body’s fill of this vitamin. Along with helping boost the immunity system, Vitamin C helps to rid the body of free radicals and aids the manufacturing of collagen which is the basic component of connective tissue. By doing so it not only helps replenish the skin but also helps your bones, gums and blood vessel walls become healthier. Vitamin C supplements are particularly helpful for women who have smoked their way to their forties and require extra care to repair the excessive cell damage.

Natural Sources for Vitamin C:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Berries
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Papayas

Never, Ever Forget Sun Screen

Sun Screen for skin

Kudos to you if you’re already a regular user of sunscreen! If not, this is the first tip you need to adopt as using sunscreen is the number one way to prevent skin aging. Reapplying sunscreen after every few hours is in fact one of the biggest beauty secrets of women with amazing glowing skin. Most women however, are unaware of the fact that the sun shielding ingredients in any sunscreen are only effective for a couple of hours which is why they never reapply their sunscreen. By reapplying sunscreen you can ensure your skin is getting maximum protection from the sun all throughout the day. Just make it a regular addition in your bag along with your deodorant and other makeup essentials!

Break a Sweat

Exercise for healthy skin

Your 40s are not for relaxation! If you want to stay fit and look young over the coming years then now is the time to break a sweat, particularly for your skin. Most people think about weight loss and overall fitness when it comes to exercising but breaking a sweat, literally, the act of sweating is great for the skin. This is nature’s own way of replenishing the skin. Adopt a daily run for a week and you’ll notice how much better your skin looks and feels as you sweat and let nature do the rest.

Cleanse Gently, Once a Day

Face cleansing for skin

What’s the one thing women with great skin do every day? They cleanse, gently. Unless you have oily skin, cleansing once a day in the evening using a creamy cleanser and lukewarm water will suffice for your skin. The idea is, that instead of scrubbing your face you let the cleanser sit on your skin for some time. This helps to break down the makeup as well as the dirt and natural oil the skin on your face collects throughout the day. For the morning face wash, a simple splash with lukewarm water suffices. For women with oily skin, a gentle foaming cleanser in the mornings and evenings is recommended.

So there you have it, 6 practical and effective tips that will keep your skin glowing as you cross your 40s!

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